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Middle East Peace Conference to be held in UNT on March 23

By Raja Zahid A Khanzada
- March 11, 2013 - Updated 2333 PKT - From Web Edition

DALLAS: Prominent scholars, diplomats and activists will be coming to the Middle East Peace Conference at the University of North Texas (UNT), "The Middle East: A New Era?".


The two-day conference on March 22-23 will focus on the economic, political, social and education transformations in Middle Eastern nations after the Arab Spring.


Jonathan A.C. Brown, Associate Professor in Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, will speak on "The Middle East in Transition: What's Next?" as Keynote Speaker on March 23.


Joe W. "Chip" Pitts III, a law professor at Stanford University and Meir Shlomo, Consul General of Israel in Houston will be the two Distinguished Speakers on the first day of the conference.


Pitts will discuss "Human Rights in the Middle East in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring." In addition to teaching at Stanford Law School, he is a former chairman of Amnesty International USA and a former board president of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a national nonprofit organization with a mission of defending the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by national security and counter-terrorism polices.


Shlomo will discuss "The Middle East Road Map." With more than 29 years of experience in Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs he worked on several diplomatic assignments around the world as head of mission at the Consulate General of Israel to New England in Boston for four years in addition to his postings in other countries.

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