Mr De Santis met H.E. Mr Nabil Ammar, to discuss the state of Tunisia, the Arab Region, the European Union, and broader issues of International Affairs and Global Governance.
Tunisia has achieved something unique and exemplifying, not only for the country, the region or the Arab world, but for the whole world. Tunisia has given an important lesson of national unity and sets a path that many regions and parts of the world that are currently in trouble should follow”.
said Nicolas De Santis, President of Gold Mercury International.
In December 2010 the fire of the Arab Spring sparked in the Republic of Tunisia. Despite terrorist attacks, Tunisia continues to establish democracy, based on national dialogue and a model of peaceful change.
Embracing the values of freedom, dignity and justice, the country has recently adopted the greatest constitution in its history including many rights for women. Besides, thanks to the successful compromises achieved by the various parties, Tunisia has proved that Islamism and secularism can coexist and even establish a government. As a result, this transition could be defined as a good example of Global Governance, showing that a democratic approach to governance can prevail and work in the Arab world.
Dr Rafik Abdessalem, Former Foreign Minister of Tunisia, visited Gold Mercury to discuss the development and organisation of an international conference that Gold Mercury is organising in Tunisia to discuss the future of the country.
The conference will also discuss key issues such as democracy and Islam, the role of women in the country as well as economic development and investment.
This conference will examine the case of Tunisia (so far), as a successful example of a smooth transition in the region, after promulgating the new constitution. Gold Mercury will also present the Gold Mercury International Award to candidates that played a key role in this transition. This Award Ceremony and Conference is managed at the highest levels of government, business, academia and civil society organisations. Check out the conference’s event page for a more detailed agenda and plans about the event.
Dr Rafik Abdessalem and Gold Mercury President Nicolas De Santis also discussed the recent situation in Tunisia following the Arab Spring and the reconciliatory process used for the development of the new constitution. They also discussed the situation in other Arab spring countries and the Middle East, as well as the upcoming European Union elections. Dr Rafik Abdessalem is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Tunisia, under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. In London, he founded the Maghreb Centre for Research and Translation, as well as chaired the London Platform for Dialogue. He is also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and has worked as a senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies office at Al Jazeera. He is a member of the ”Ennahda Movement”, and has published 2 books and many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper.
Professor Dawn Chatty, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration, visited Gold Mercury to meet with President Nicolas De Santis.
During the meeting they discussed parts of Gold Mercury’s upcoming sustainable research agenda and projects on the future of megacities and R2P (the Responsibility to Protect). They also discussed the upcoming Gold Mercury conference in Tunisia which looks at the future of its democracy and its new constitution, and the Arab Spring as a whole. A large part of the world’s displaced people are in Arab countries with forced migration affecting the entire region.
Professor Chatty’s work in forced Migration at the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre includes forced settlement of mobile indigenous peoples (i.e. nomads, pastoralists, shifting agriculturalists and hunting-gatherers) as an outcome of global environmental governance.
The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) was founded in 1982 and is part of the Oxford Department of International Development. The Refugee Studies Centre (RSC) aims to build knowledge and understanding of the causes and effects of forced migration in order to help improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
Professor Dawn Chatty is a social anthropologist whose ethnographic interests lie in the Middle East. Her research interests include a number of forced migration and development issues. Professor Chatty is both an academic anthropologist and a practitioner, having carefully developed her career in universities in the United States, Lebanon, Syria and Oman, as well as with a number of development agencies such as the UNDP, UNICEF, FAO and IFAD.