As 2016 draws to a close, prospects for the year ahead seem uncertain. The Arab world remains mired in both political and economic conflict and instability. The election of Donald Trump in the United States and the rising wave of populism across the Europe—where many elections are scheduled in 2017—are sure to impact Western policies toward the region. 

In light of these momentous global shifts, the Carnegie Middle East Center held its conference on An Unravelling Global Order: Prospects for 2017. The event provided an outlook into 2017 and focused on what Carnegie scholars believe will be the most important and pressing issues facing the Middle East and North Africa region. The conference brought together scholars from Carnegie’s offices in Beijing, Brussels, Moscow, and Washington to provide cross-cutting perspectives on the issues of the region. 


9:30 – 10:00 AM    |    Welcome 

10:00 – 11:15 AM    |    Panel: Populism on Steroids: Trump and Europe
Marc Pierini, Senior Associate, Carnegie Europe
Perry Cammack, Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
David Gardner, international affairs editor at the Financial Times
Moderator: Michael Young, Senior Editor, Carnegie Middle East Center 

11:45 – 1:00 PM    |    Panel: Russia, Turkey and Iran 
Dmitri Trenin, Director, Carnegie Moscow Center
Karim Sadjadpour, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Sinan Ülgen, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe
Moderator: Joseph Bahout, Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2:00 – 3:00 PM   |   Fireside Chat: Rising Asia
Paul Haenle, Director, Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Sanjay Singh, Former Ambassador of India to Iran
Interlocutor: Mohanad Hage Ali, Director of Communications, Carnegie Middle East Center

3:30 – 4:45 PM     |     Panel: Globalization in reverse: Oil and a New Economic Order
Aasim M. Husain, Deputy Director, Middle East and Central Asia, International Monetary Fund
Carole Nakhle, Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center
Moderator:  Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East Center

5:15 – 6:15 PM     |    Fireside Chat: Regional Tipping Points
Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Interlocutor: Maha Yahya, Director and Senior Associate, Carnegie Middle East Center