About the Middle East Peace and Security (MEPS) Forum
The American University of Kurdistan (AUK) is providing a platform for actionable policy recommendations, rigorous debate and critical thinking, in addition to developing a space for inclusive dialogue between regional and international stakeholders, pursuant to the goal of securing a durable and lasting settlement that allows for regional order, based around balance, co-existence and consensus.
Our objective is to build trust and to contribute to the peaceful resolution of conflicts by sustaining a continuous, curated and informal dialogue within the regional and international politics and security community. This Year, the AUK is premiering a forum for the Middle East’s most pressing political, security and socio-economic challenges by bringing together an inclusive group of high-level decision makers, analysts and practitioners to establish policy-relevant analysis that can address outstanding regional challenges.
During its first conference, AUK will assemble more than 200 high-profile and senior decision-makers as well as thought-leaders, including heads of state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, representative’s media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate.
MEPS believes in the need for an informed and sustained public debate on peace and security affairs broadly defined to involve the wider public in its debates. We broadcast most of our debates and disseminate the results of our events via reports, interviews, and social media.
The Middle East is currently experiencing political, security and socio-economic undercurrents that will shape the future of the region in years to come. MEPS aims to draw attention on the region’s attempts to recover from the turbulence of the Arab uprisings, ongoing wars and contestations for regional supremacy and the emergence of ISIS, but also to include recently emerged challenges e.g. weaponization of energy resources, climate change and proxy warfare in its program.