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Day One
08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-11:00 (Auditorium 1)       Welcoming Note Ms.  Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director, Doha International Family Institute (DIFI)
    Plenary Session I: Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Families  
During wars and conflicts, families are challenged to fulfill their functions and are forced to abandon the social connections that they rely on for social support. This session will consider how wars and conflicts influence family dynamics and result in adverse consequences for all family members.  

Moderator: Amal Mohammed Al Malki, Ph.D.,  Founding Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hamad bin Khalifa University  


Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Thani,
Special Envoy of the Arab League Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs   

Luay Shabana
, Ph.D., Regional Director of Arab States, UNFPA  

Rami Khouri,
Senior Fellow, Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut  

Nahla Haidar,
  Member of CEDAW Committee  
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:00 (Auditorium 1) Keynote Presentation
Suad Joseph, Ph.D., University of California, Davis  
12.00-13.00 Prayer and Lunch Break
13.00-14:30 (Auditorium 1)   Panel Discussion I: Al Jazeera Correspondents: Witness To The Human Story
Covering stories across the region, Al Jazeera Correspondents portray the human tragedy, challenges and life of continuous instability. A look through the prism of families touched by regional conflicts & war and their current struggle to survive.  

Moderator:  Elham Badr, Ph.D., Qatari Journalist  


Hamdi Al-Bokari,
Senior Producer, Al Jazeera Channel  

Mohammed AlNajjar,
Head of Social Media, Al Jazeera Channel  

Amer Lafi,
Correspondent, Al Jazeera Channel  
14:30-15:00 Coffee Break
15.00-16.30   Symposium (Parallel Sessions)  
(Conference Room 103) Session I: Family Formation and Breakdown During and Post Wars and Conflicts  
This session will look at the fundamental effects of conflicts on the social and cultural foundations of societies and how they contribute to altering a country’s demographic structure through their impact on fertility, mortality and migration.  It will also discuss how wars and conflicts minimize the power of social norms and values, undermine established patterns of family formation and hasten family breakdown.  

Moderator: Elizabeth Wanucha, Project Manager, Center for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University - Qatar  


Laura Ferrero
, Ph.D., University of Turin
Zawjat al-abtal: Palestinian Women Building Families by Themselves  

Fatin Shabbar,
Ph.D., University of South Australia
The Impact of Political Conflict on Family Formation: Lessons from Iraq  

Hassan Musa Yousif,
Ph.D., National Population Council, Sudan
Comparative Policy Analyses of the Family in the Conflict Regions of The Sudan  

Tuba Duman
, Ph.D., University of Ankara
Syrian as the Second Wife  
(Conference Room 104) Session II: The Social and Economic Consequences of Wars and Conflicts
Wars and conflict disrupt educational processes, social services and social networks, weaken social bonds, hinder economic growth and destroy infrastructure. This session will highlight the significant, long-lasting, direct and indirect social and economic consequences of wars and conflict.  

Moderator: Abdullah Baabood, Ph.D., Qatar University  


Anis Ben Brik
, Ph.D., DIFI
The Social and Economic Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Arab Families: A Systematic Literature Review  

Al Basheer Alhadi Mohammad Al Qarqouti
, Ph.D., University of Tripoli
The Economic, Social and Psychological Effects of Wars and Armed Conflicts: A Field Study in Libyan Society  

Ahmed Khalaf Hassan Al Dakheel,
Ph.D., University of Takreet
The Financial Implications of Wars and Conflicts on the Iraqi Family  

Maia Sieverding
, Ph.D., American University of Beirut; Jenny Liu, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco; Sepideh Modrek, Ph.D., Stanford University
The Effect of Political Unrest on Youth Outcomes in Egypt  
(Conference Room 105) Session III: Gender Dimensions of Wars and Conflicts
Wars and conflict affect gender relations and force men and women to abandon some social roles and/or assume new social roles, acquire new skills and shoulder new responsibilities. This session will discuss the influence of gender on the experience and vulnerability of men, women, boys and girls during and post wars and conflicts.  

Moderator: Hosnieh (Islah) Jad, Ph.D., Qatar University  


Fairouz Omar Mohammad
, Educational Consultant, UNICEF Egypt
Behavior of Syrian Women: A Field Study of Refugee Camps on the Borders of Turkey  

Anthony Keedi
, Manager, Engaging Men Program; Rola Al-Masri, ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality; Shereen El Feki, Ph.D., Promundo International
Man O' War: How Conflict Shapes Men, Masculinities and Gender Roles among Lebanese Nationals and Syrian Refugees  

Hani Khamis Ahmed Abdo,
Ph.D., University of Alexandria
Violence Against Women During Armed Conflicts and the Violation of Human Rights: A Sociological Analysis of Aspects and Effects  

Suhad Daher-Nashif,
Ph.D., Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education in Palestine
Women's Corpses' Time-Space within Conflict Zones: The Case of Frozen Palestinian Women’s Corpses
19:30-21:00 Official Dinner


Day Two
09:00-10:30 (Auditorium 1)   Plenary Session II: The Roles and Experiences of Non-Governmental Organizations  
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) provide humanitarian relief and support for people and communities affected by wars and conflicts. This session will look at how the changing nature of both conflict and humanitarian relief has altered NGOs’ roles, from the traditional role of mitigating the effects of conflict into performing new roles including conflict prevention and peace building.  

Moderator: Ghada Oueiss, Principle Presenter, Al Jazeera Channel  


Tom Krift,
Regional Director, Save the Children, Middle East and Eurasia  

Fahad Mohammed Al-Naimi
, Executive Manager and Acting Secretary General, Qatar Red Crescent  

Kamel Mohanna,
Founder, Amel Association International  

Samar Muhareb,
Director, Arab Renaissance for Democracy & Development (ARDD) Legal Aid
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 (Auditorium 1)     Panel Discussion Panel Discussion II: Post-Wars and Conflicts: Repatriation, Local Integration and Resettlement  
Refugees endure hardship, witness destruction and experience trauma and stressful events not only during wars and conflicts, but also as they voluntarily return to their countries of origin, integrate in host countries or resettle into new countries. This session will discuss the conditions, obstacles and challenges for successful implementation of these three complementary durable solutions for refugee crisis.  

Moderator: Mehran Kamrava, Ph.D., Georgetown University - Qatar  


Sophia Pandya,
Ph.D., California State University, Long Beach  

Thomas DeGeorges,
Ph.D., Duke University  

Sultan Barakat,
Ph.D., Director, Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies  

Jennifer Olmsted,
Ph.D., Drew University
12:30-13:30 Prayer and Lunch Break 
13:30-15:00   Symposium (Parallel Sessions)  
(Conference Room 103) Session IV: Refugees and Internally Displaced Families  
Wars and conflicts force people to leave their homes and their countries searching for peace, dignity, and life free of fear, violence and reprisal.  This session highlights how refugees and internally displaced families suffer from loss of loved ones, lack adequate protection and assistance and are vulnerable to human rights violations.     

Moderator: Dr. Ibrahim Fraihat, Associate professor, Doha Institute’s Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies


Mohammed Baobaid, Ph.D., Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration; Lynda M. Ashbourne, Ph.D.,  University of Guelph; Dora M.Y. Tam, Ph.D., University of Calgary; Abdallah Badahdah Ph.D.,  DIFI
Pre and Post Migration Stressors and Marital Relations Among Arab Refugee Families in Canada  

Omar Abdelraheem Rababa’a
, Ph.D., Al Balqaa Applied University Syrian Refugees in Jordan and the Settlement Strategies Within a Social and Economic Reality  

Kaouache Raouf,
Ph.D.,University of Mohammad Al Sadeeq bin Yahya; Boughrza Reda, Ph.D., University of Mohammad Al Sadeeq bin Yahya
The Adaptation of Syrian Immigrant Families Affected by Wars and Conflicts: A Comparative Study of a Group of Families in the State of Gaigal in Algeria  

Narjes Mehdizadeh,
Ph.D., GRAMNet University of Glasgow
Migrant Families from War-Torn Arab Countries: Experiences of Care in Britain  

Zahraa Beydoun,
MPH, American University of Beirut;Sawsan Abdulrahim, American University of Beirut
Do Family Characteristics Protect Children from School non-Enrollment in Displacement: Palestinian Refugee Children from Syria in Lebanon  
(Conference Room 104) Session V: The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Women, Men and Children  
The impact of wars and conflicts on civilian populations, especially women and children, is profound. This session will highlight their vulnerability to various forms of abuse and humiliation including forced abduction, child labor, physical assault, trafficking, forced marriage, and sexual violence. It will also discuss how men, although not recognized as a vulnerable group, also face various forms of abuse such as abduction, imprisonment, torture and death.  

Moderator: Elie Mekhael, Ph.D., Lebanese University  


Azza Abdelmoneium
, Ph.D., DIFI
Ways to Survive: Child Labor Among Internally Displaced Children in Khartoum-Sudan  

Ashraf Jalal Hassan Bayoumi
, Ph.D., Qatar University
The Effect of Media Images of Wars and Conflicts in the Arab Region on the Understanding of Personal and Social Security of Arab Women and Children- A Comparative Field Study on Syrian, Iraqi, Yemeni and Palestinian Families  

Khaled bin Saleem Al Harabi,
Ph.D., University of Hael; Asmaa Al Attiyah, Ph.D., Qatar University
The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on the Arab Family: The Case of Child and Woman  

Al Sayed Mustafa Ahmed Abu Al Khair
, Ph.D., Omar bin Mukhtar University
Legal Protection of the Family During Wars within the International Humanitarian Laws  

Mohammad Ahmed Mohammad Diab,
Ph.D., University of Hael; Walaa Rabee’ Mustafa, Ph.D., University of Hael
The Effectiveness of a Psychological Program Aiming to Decrease the Levels of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on a Sample of Syrian Refugee Children in Egypt  
(Conference Room 105) Session VI: The Health Consequences of Wars and Conflicts  
The physical, psychological and emotional damage caused by wars and conflicts can last for years. Conflict and war-refugees suffer from higher rates of mental disorders compared to the general population. This session will highlight the impact of wars and conflicts on healthcare systems, access to healthcare and social services and the risks of increased transmission of communicable diseases.  

Moderator: Samer Jabbour, MD, MPH, American University of Beirut  


Jocylyn DeJong,
Ph.D., American University of Beirut; Hala Ghattas, Ph.D., American University of Beirut; Hyam Bashour, Consultant, Syria
Effects of Conflict on Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health (RMNCH)-A Case Study on Syria  

Mustafa Abdelatheem Al Tabeeb,
Ph.D., University of Tripoli
The Impact of the Libyan Conflict on Children’s Emotional Development: A Case Study of the Children of Bengazi  

Walaa Rabee’ Mustafa
, Ph.D., University of Hael; Mohammad Ahmed Diab, Ph.D. University of Hael
Some Psychological and Psychosomatic Disorders Common in a Sample of Syrian Refugees, in Light off Some Demographical Changes  

Noura Mustafa Jubran
, Ph.D., Institute for Family Development
The Psychological and Social Impact of Civil Wars in Syria on the Syrian Refugees in Jordan  

Rania Mansour
, Ph.D., Lebanese American University
The Psychological and Social Impact of the Syrian Crisis on Refugee Children in Lebanon: A Field Study  
(Conference Room 106)
Al Jazeera Documentary / Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 (Auditorium 1) Panel Discussion III: Research in Wars and Conflict Zones:  Methods, Ethics, and Lessons  

Moderators: Suad Joseph, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D., DIFI  

In conflict zones and humanitarian emergencies, researchers face multiple ethical and methodological challenges. In this session researchers will share their experience in conducting research with refugees focusing on ethical issues, methodological approaches and tools they employed in conflict and post-conflict settings.  
17:00 – 17:15      Closing Remarks

Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director, DIFI

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