International Conference

(Re)shaping Greater Middle East: 40 years since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War”,

hosted by

the Romanian Diplomatic Institute (IDR), and by the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (FSPUB)

Conference program, final version, December 2, 2013

 

First day of the Conference: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 Where and when: at the headquarters of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute (IDR), 17 Primaverii Boulevard, Bucharest, 17.00 hours-20.00 hours

● Official opening of the Conference: 17.00-18.05

  • Opening speech : Mr. Dan A. Petre, Director general, Romanian Diplomatic Institute (RDI)
  • Brief opening statement, plus a set of more detailed opinions and memories connected to the 1973 War: H.E.Mr. Dan Ben-Eliezer, Ambassador of the State of Israel to Romania
  • Brief opening statement: H.E. Mrs. Laila Ahmed Bahaa El Din, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Romania. If H.E. Mrs. Laila Ahmed Bahaa El Din wishes to present more detailed opinions and memories connected to the 1973 War, her intervention will be welcomed
  • Brief opening statement and some academic remarks:Mr. Mihai Chioveanu,  Ph.D.,Vice-Dean, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest
  • Brief opening statement: Mr. Alexandru Florian, Ph.D., Director general of the "Elie Wiesel" National Institute for the Study of Holocaust in Romania
  • Brief opening statement: Dr. habil. József Kis-Benedek (PhD.), the most senior professor present at the conference (and also former military attaché of Hungary to both Tel Aviv and Bucharest)
  • Brief opening statement: Mr. Florin Diaconu, Ph.D., head of the organizing team, senior researcher, RDI and associate professor, FSPUB, and founding member CIESPRISS.

● Brief coffee break – 18.05-18.25

● First plenary session (first panel of the strictly academic part of the Conference): 18.25-19.30

A limited number of papers (most probably two or three) will be presented. Final 15-20 minutes for discussions (questions plus answers and / or comments)

  • First keynote speaker: Dr. habil. József Kis-Benedek (PhD.), the most senior professor present at the Conference, and former military attaché of Hungary to both Tel Aviv and Bucharest: The political and military challenges of the regional security in the Middle East in 1973 and today
  • Second keynote speaker: Mrs. Melinda Zsolt, Ph.D. student at the Hungarian National University of Public Service, at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences, Budapest, Hungary: The Yom Kippur War and the Failure of the Israeli Intelligence
  • Third keynote speaker: Florin Diaconu, Ph.D., senior researcher, IDR, and Associate Professor, FSPUB, and acting chairman, CIESPRISS: Strategically significant meanings and consequences of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War: Some brief comments

● Vin d’ honneur – 19.30-20.00 (also at the Romanian Diplomatic Institute), offered by the hosting institutions (IDR and FSPUB) and by CIESPRISS, the entity which has been the main organizer of the Conference

● Dinner – starts at about 20.00-20.30. Place not clear / not established at this very moment (most probably near the Romanian Diplomatic Institute). The event will be hosted / offered by Mr. Dan A. Petre, Director General of the Romanian Diplomatic Institute (IDR), to the foreign guests and to diplomats present at the Conference

 

► Second day of the conference: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

 

Where and when: Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (FSPUB), no. 8, Spiru Haret Street, Bucharest (the building is one of the two locations of the FSPUB), between 09.30 and 14.20, December 2, 2013

● Second panel / session: 09.30 to 11.30

Participants: two almost equal groups of participants will concomitantly work in two different halls. Each group contains both senior and experienced participants, and more junior ones, to facilitate extensive trans-generation talks and lively debates, and to allow better transfer of know-how

Group A (in one of the two large halls, main floor):

Note: Structure of the group might suffer some minor changes

  • Dr. Mirela Atanasiu, CSSAS (Centre for Defence and Security Strategic Studies – CDSSS -  the main research structure of "Carol I" National Defence University): Evolvement and impact of post-1973 Arab-Israeli military relations
  • Dr. Laurenţiu Constantiniu, Associate Professor, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest: Panel moderator, Conference conclusions
  • Dr. Florin Diaconu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, and Senior Researcher, Romanian Diplomatic Institute, and main organizer of the Conference (acting chairman of CIESPRISS – the Interdisciplinary Center for Excellence in Political Strategies, International Relations and Strategic Studies): Strategically significant meanings and consequences of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War: Some brief comments
  • Alina Papoi, Deputy Chief Editor,Romanian Military Thinking (Gândirea Militară Românească: Arab-Israeli War of 1973 reflected in the pages of “Problems of Military Art” magazine (together with dr. Mircea Tănase and Alexandru-Mihail Tănase)
  • Mihai Cătălin Avram, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Some general assessments regarding the professional behavior of intelligence analysts on the eve of the Yom Kippur War.
  • Alexandra Benea, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: panel moderator
  • Aitana Bogdan, Ph.D. student / candidate, Researcher at the National Institute for Intelligence Studies (Institutul Naţional de Studii de Intelligence), Academia Naţională de Informaţii “Mihai Viteazul”: An EU Strategy for the Transitions in the Middle East, and panel moderator
  • Cristina Ivan, Ph.D. student, University of Bucharest, Researcher at National Institute for Intelligence Studies (Institutul Naţional de Studii de Intelligence), Academia Naţională de Informaţii “Mihai Viteazul”: Reframing the East in the West. New cultural readings of multipolar identities. The case of Amartya Sen and Amin Maalouf, and panel moderator
  • Hamid H. Kambash, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (and MP candidate in his native country, Iraq): A very important consequence of the strategic outcome of the 1973 Arab-Israeli War: the Iraqi nuclear program in the Saddam Hussein era
  • Melinda Zsolt, Ph.D. student at the Hungarian National University of Public Service, at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences, Budapest, Hungary: The Yom Kippur War and the Failure of the Israeli Intelligence
  • Alexandru Tudor Diaconu, M.A. in Contemporary History (2012), Faculty of History, University of Bucharest: Challenges in the Middle East: from the Arab-Israeli War of 1973 to the Iranian nuclear program
  • Andras Miklos Lovasz, L.L.M.; he also has graduated from George C.  Marshall European Center for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany: Denial of strategic resources – a two-edged sword
  • Anca Butunoi, student, M.A. in International Relations program, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The Yom Kippur War - turning point in the Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Andreea-Mădălina Ene, B.A. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Why Egypt started the war in 1973 and its geopolitical goals  
  • Alexandru Drăgoi, student, University of Bucharest: Intelligence and effect-based operations – the ghost of the Yom Kippur War
  • Bianca Ioan, student, M.A. in International Relations program, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: International Conference (Re)shaping Greater Middle East: 40 years after the 1973 Arab-Israeli War: Interview with Dr. Riad Awwad
  • Andreea-Cristina Kispal, B.A. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The perspective of the young generation concerning the Fourth Arab-Israeli War, in October 1973

Group B (Doctoral School Hall, basement):

Note: structure of the group might suffer some minor changes

 

  • Dr. habil. József Kis-Benedek (PhD.), Hon. professor, Budapest, National Public Service University, deputy chairman of the Hungarian Association of Military Science, former Hungarian military attaché in both Bucharest and Tel Aviv: The political and military challenges of the regional security in the Middle East in 1973 and today
  • Dr. Brînduşa Nicolaescu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Literary vs. Political, Books vs. Real World: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
  • Dr. Mircea Tănase, colonel, Editor-in-Chief, Romanian Military Thinking (Gândirea Militară Românească): Arab-Israeli War of 1973 reflected in the pages of “Problems of Military Art” magazine (together with Alina Papoi and Alexandru-Mihail Tănase)
  • Dr. Tiberiu Tănase, Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Bucharest, and Research associate at the Research Center of the National and European History: Viewpoints on the project of democratization of Middle East Extended (together with Costel Matei)
  • Andreea Lăpădat, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: panel moderator
  • Costel Matei, Ph.D. student, University of Bucharest, Faculty of Philosophy: Viewpoints on the project of democratization of Middle East Extended (together with Tiberiu Tănase)
  • Dana Măntărau, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Fighting for the strategically important higher ground: the battle for the Golan Heights, significant episode of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war (together with Adrian Bunea)
  • Alba-Iulia Catrinel Popescu, Ph.D. student, "Carol I" National Defence University, Bucharest: Sudan: The analysis of a failed state, 40 years after the 1973 Arab-Israeli War
  • Ionel Radovici, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The Yom Kippur War: Some strategic assessments of the Latakia naval battle, October 6, 1973
  • Genţiana Trancă, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Syria Uprising - The Anarchist Standpoint
  • Adrian Bunea, M.A. in International Relations (2013), Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Fighting for the strategically important higher ground: the battle for the Golan Heights, significant episode of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war (together with Dana Măntărău)
  •  Alina-Cristina Niculae, student, M.A. in International Relations program, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The Arab-Israeli October (1973) War From The Perspective Of A Syrian Citizen
  • Roxana Olteanu, B.A. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The social roots of the Turkish foreign policy and the thesis of turning to the East. Some variables
  • Alexandra Popa, student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The 1973 Arab-Israeli War: The role of intelligence during the President Nixon Administration in declassified CIA Reports 
  • Gabriela Cristina Săvuleţ, student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucureşti: Turning children into terrorists
  • Dumitriţa Stratan, student, M.A. in History and Diplomacy program, Faculty of History, University of Bucharest: Arab-Israeli war of 1973 reported by Moldovan media of the Soviet era
  • Alexandru-Mihail Tănase, B.A. in International Relations with Politics, University of Essex: Arab-Israeli War of 1973 reflected in the pages of “Problems of Military Art” magazine (together with Alina Papoi and Mircea Tănase)
  •  Ana-Maria Ungheanu, B.A. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The 1973 Arab-Israeli War – a consequence of today’s life.

 

  • Keynote speakers of the second panel: Dr. Mircea Tănase, colonel, Editor-in-Chief, Romanian Military Thinking (Gândirea Militară Românească): Arab-Israeli War of 1973 reflected in the pages of “Problems of Military Art” magazine (together with Alina Papoi and Alexandru-Mihail Tănase), and Dr. Mirela Atanasiu, CSSAS (Centre for Defence and Security Strategic Studies – CDSSS -  the main research structure of "Carol I" National Defence University): Evolvement and impact of post-1973 Arab-Israeli military relations, and Dana Măntărau, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Fighting for the strategically important higher ground: the battle for the Golan Heights, significant episode of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war (together with Adrian Bunea), and Aitana Bogdan, Ph.D. student / candidate, Researcher at the National Institute for Intelligence Studies (Institutul Naţional de Studii de Intelligence), Academia Naţională de Informaţii “Mihai Viteazul”: An EU Strategy for the Transitions in the Middle East

 

Moderators of the second panel: Dr. Florin Diaconu, Mihai Avram, Ionel Radovici, Dana Mantărău, Alina Papoi, and dr. Mirela Atanasiu

● Coffee break: 11.30-12.00 (one of the two large halls on the main floor of the building, for both groups of participants)

● Third panel / session: 12.00 to 13.45

Participants: two groups of participants will concomitantly work in two different halls. Each group contains both senior and experienced participants, and more junior ones, to facilitate extensive trans-generation talks and lively debates

Group A (in one of the two large halls, main floor): same as above

Group B (Doctoral School Hall, basement): same as above

  •  Keynote speakers of the third panel: Dr. Brînduşa Nicolaescu, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Literary vs. Political, Books vs. Real World: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, and Ionel Radovici, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: The Yom Kippur War: Some strategic assessments of the Latakia naval battle, October 6, 1973, and Mihai Cătălin Avram, Ph.D. student, Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest: Some general assessments regarding the professional behavior of intelligence analysts on the eve of the Yom Kippur War, and Cristina Ivan, Ph.D. student, University of Bucharest, Researcher at National Institute for Intelligence Studies (Institutul Naţional de Studii de Intelligence), Academia Naţională de Informaţii “Mihai Viteazul”: Reframing the East in the West. New cultural readings of multipolar identities. The case of Amartya Sen and Amin Maalouf

Moderators of the third panel: Dr. Brînduşa Nicolaescu, Cristina Ivan, Aitana Bogdan, Andreea Lăpădat, Alexandra Benea, and Miklos Lovasz

● Final / conclusive panelall participants, 13.45 to 14.15. Final comments and remarks of the panel moderators plus final conclusions

Moderators: dr. Mircea Tănase and dr. Florin Diaconu, together with the moderators of the two previous panels

● Lunch (optional) – starts at 14.15. The exact location is not established at this very moment (most probably the central area of Bucharest). The event will be hosted / offered by dr. Florin Diaconu, most senior representative the CIESPRISS, the main entity which has planned and organized the Conference