Announcing The iPlatform for Global Change First Annual Prize Competition for Innovative Legal Policy Work Theme for 2013-2014 – What is an Effective Regional Approach to the Sociopolitical Problems of the Middle East and North Africa?
The rapid spread of the 2011 popular uprisings dubbed "the Arab spring" across the Middle East and North Africa suggests that common regional identity and issues remain important. At the same time, the particular momentum and dynamics of each country since 2011 have underscored difference, and led to a renewed sense of despair regarding the region's future prospects. The frustrations of many Arab individual citizens, and formidable economic challenges in most countries, continue to cast doubt on prosperity and political accountability, despite the great wealth and capacity of several of the countries.
Can the regional dimension of identity and diversity linking the Middle East and North Africa offer prospects for a more just and sustainable future? The iPlatform welcomes proposals from advanced law, policy and social science students that address Middle Eastern and North African problems through an explicitly regional lens, while taking account of current social, political and global challenges.
One clear example of such a proposal, which has indeed been suggested by some scholars and officials, is a regional economic recovery and reconstruction plan similar in scope, and hopefully in impact, to the Marshall Plan that helped much of Europe following World War II. Concretizing a regional economic reconstruction plan is certainly one possible approach to this competition, although many others are possible. The proposal should outline in detail an approach that would be appropriate for both follow-up research and presentation to relevant policy actors.
A group of distinguished policy and academic specialists from the iPlatform will select one outstanding proposal and two runner-ups to receive a cash prize, recognition at a special high profile iPlatform event, and, for the winning proposal, the opportunity to collaborate with the iPlatform stakeholders to develop the proposal into a detailed research and policy plan. The explicit aim of the competition is to identify outstanding new solutions to important governance challenges by the rising generation of global policy scholars and specialists, and to help find ways of realizing these new solutions through fluid partnerships with more senior scholars and specialists. We anticipate a diverse array of proposals showcasing economic, legal, political and other approaches and policy technologies towards the aim of improving the lives of Middle Easterners and the region as a whole.
All entries to the competition should conform to the following rules:
Any specific questions should be directed to the Director of Development at info@Innovation-Platform.org.