International Foundation for Civil Society Offers Expertise in Key Region
Bahman Baktiari, executive director of the International Foundation for Civil Society: The Middle East & North Africa (MENA), understands the strategic importance of events such as the Arab Spring, the name given to the outburst of revolution that has toppled regimes from Tunisia to Egypt, and resulted in protest movements in Yemen and Bahrain. Baktiari’s organization has dedicated itself to furthering tolerance and creating ties of cultural understanding, and as part of this mission, Baktiari and his colleagues are responsible for guiding MENA’s many projects. The organization is among the panoply of institutions that have increased in importance with the prominence of the challenges faced in the region.
Those challenges include not only the ongoing ramifications of the Arab Spring, but also the various conflicts involving the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Currently, NATO is involved in the decade-old conflict in Afghanistan, as well as the more recent conflict that collapsed the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya. Add to this issues related to the young government of Iraq, and the need for expert guidance like that offered by MENA becomes obvious.
New conflicts, such as the brewing civil war in Syria, promise to keep international eyes fixed on the region.
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