In the framework of the Bled Strategic Forum international conference, Centre for European Perspective fosters a partnership with UCLA and its Center for Middle East Development, that recently organized the 12th Annual Conference, Enriching the Middle East’s Economic Future, in Doha, Qatar. The annual conference, held under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry of the State of Qatar, is an internationally recognized forum for government officials, active business and financial practitioners, and politicians and academics dealing with current economic, financial, political, and diplomatic issues.

CEP’s executive director dr. Gorazd Justinek actively participated in the panel discussion entitled “New U.S.-European Relations: What Does it Mean for the MENA Region?”, moderated by dr. Ersin Kalaycioglu of Sabanci University. The panellists Mr Torgeir E. Fjaertoft of the Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Ms Robin Wright of the US Institute of Peace/ Woodrow Wilson Center and Dr Gorazd Justinek of CEP, exchanged their views on the Translatlantic relations and their implications in the Middle East and Northern Africa.