With the collaboration of St Joseph University and l'Institut Français, Beirut Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) organized a two-day conference in Beirut, on November 5th - 7th, 2013.

The conference was titled "Quel avenir pour le bien-vivre-ensemble au Moyen-Orient? - Managing ethno-religious plurality in the light of Arab revolutions".

The conference is part of a research program initiated by BRIC on the diversity and plurality of ethnicity and religion in the Middle East in all its aspects. In addition, the program aims to explore how young governments born from Arab revolutions will tackle the issue of citizenship in a pluralist system.

Some of the issues that were discussed at the conference include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Is there room for diversity (tanawu') and for ethnic, linguistic and religious plurality (ta'adudiyya) in a region that has been shaken by political violence for decades?
  2. What does the future look like for those communities increasingly weakened by radicalization and political and religious extremism?
  3. Can the hope brought by Arab social revolutions have a positive impact on the "minorities" in the region?