Healing the Nations Conference 2021

A seven-day online event by the Next Century Foundation. To be hosted from Monday, July 12th to Sunday, July 18th 2021.

We warmly invite you to attend the Next Century Foundation’s seven-day Healing the Nations online conference this summer from the 12th – 18th July 2021, Monday to Sunday.

The NCF conference will have sessions on Iraq, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Iran and Afghanistan, each featuring one or two guest principal speakers. Each conference session will be chaired by different experts and will last two hours. We anticipate a productive, open discussion. 

More details on our agenda and guest speakers can be found on this link.

You will need to register in advance for this meeting and identify precisely the sessions you wish to attend, detailed below.



  • Monday 12th July

    Opening Session 11:30-13:30 BST

    Chair: William Morris LL.D., Secretary General, The Next Century Foundation

    Key Speakers:

    Rev Larry Wright, Religious Affairs Advisor and Board Member, The Next Century Foundation

    Daniel I. Gutierrez-Sandoval, Executive Director, The Policy Studies Organization, Washington

    Michael Macy, former Member of the Senior Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State

    Lebanon 15:00-17:00 BST

    Chair: The Earl of St Andrews

    Key Speakers:

    Assaad Chafteri, formerly Christian Militia Intelligence, now with Fighters for Peace and Initiatives of Change

    Jaafar al Ahmer, The Next Century Foundation; formerly with Al Hayat Newspaper

    Ziad Chbib, former Governor of Beirut

  • Tuesday 13th July

    Syria 11:30-13:30 BST

    Key Speakers:

    Dr Sami Khiyami, former Syrian ambassador to the UK

    Siwar al Assad, the chairman of the Aramea Foundation

    Maria Sapojnikova, Political Analyst, Moscow

    Yemen 15:00-17:00 BST

    Key Speaker:

    Dr Abdul Galil Shaif, Chairman of Friends of South Yemen

    Dr Ahmed Al Imad, representative of the Houthi government that controls the largest single part of Yemen

  • Wednesday 14th July

    Iraq 11:30-13:30 BST

    Chair: Dr. Neil Partrick, Senior Fellow at The Next Century Foundation

    Key Speaker:

    Sara Allawi, Deputy Secretary General of Iraqi National Party and leader of Al Watania Coalition

    Dr Haithem Al Husseini, Independent politician in Baghdad and Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister

    Afghanistan 15:00-17:00 BST

    Chair: The Earl of St Andrews

    Key Speaker:

    HRH Prince Nadir Naim, Founder of the Kabul Institute for Peace

    Dr Faiz Zaland, Kabul University

  • Thursday 15th July

    Palestine 11:30-13:30 BST

    Chair: Sir Vincent Fean, Chair of Trustees at the Balfour Project and former British Consul-General, Jerusalem

    Key Speakers:

    Adel Zanoun, AFP Correspondent in Gaza and Head of Gaza Media Centre

    Mona al-Ghussein, Journalist and Palestinian Activist

    Dr Neil Partrick, Senior Fellow at The Next Century Foundation

    Israel 15:00-17:00 BST

    Key Speakers:

    Akiva Eldar, Freelance Journalist and Senior Columnist at Al-Monitor and Haaretz

    Barak Greenapple, Political and Economic Advisor at Office of the Quartet, Jerusalem [ex officio]

    Jonathan Paris, Senior Advisor, The Chertoff Group, and Senior Fellow, The Next Century Foundation

  • Friday 16th July

    Bahrain 15:00-17:00 BST

    Key Speaker:

    Ali Alaswad, Senior member of Al Wefaq opposition group and former Member of Parliament

    William Morris LL.D., Secretary General at The Next Century Foundation

  • Saturday 17th July

    Iran 15:00-17:00 BST

    Chair: The Earl of St Andrews

    Key Speakers:

    Dr Mehrdad Khonsari, Senior Consultant at the Iranian Centre for Policy Studies

    Dan Meridor, Former Internal Security Minister, the State of Israel

  • Sunday 18th July

    Cosmopolitanism and Closing Session 15:00-17:00 BST

    Key Speakers:

    Dr Kwame Anthony Appiah, Professor of Law and Philosophy at NYU

    William Morris LL.D., Secretary General of The Next Century Foundation

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