Seminar on the Middle East

Mohammad Javad Akbarein, Freelance journalist and political analyst

In light of the evolving events in the Middle East and rapid changes that the world has witnessed only in a few weeks, the School of Governance (UNU-MERIT/Maastricht University) aims to hold a seminar to discuss the role of the youth and Islam in the recent revolutions in the Middle East.

About the speaker
Born in 1975 in Iran, Akbarein is a religious scholar and journalist. He holds a PhD in theology (with a focus on philosophy) and has taught and conducted religious research for the past 16 years in Iran and abroad. He started writing as a journalist in 1997 in "Salaam" daily in Iran. "Salaam" was a leading moderate newspaper backing the reformist president Mohammad Khatami. Its closure in 1999 led to major unrest in the capital following demonstrations by university students. He left Iran in 2004 and lived in Beirut for five years. Currently, he lives in Paris and continues his work as a journalist and political analyst with local and international media. He is a member of International Journalists Federation.

Venue: UNU-MERIT Conference Room

Date: 17 March 2011

Time: 12:30  CET