Webcast: This event will be webcast live beginning at 4pm EST on January 25, 2012 at www.usip.org/webcast.Online viewers will be able to engage panelists and each other through live chat and Twitter discussions (hashtag: #salamshabab)
Young people throughout the Middle East and North Africa are having their own unique experiences driving social change and revolution in their countries. Meanwhile, Iraqi youth look ahead to their roles as leaders in the midst of continuing political crisis and violence. This event will explore what connects and divides Iraqi youth from others across the region.
In Iraq, "Salam Shabab" is the very first peacebuilding reality television program depicting the story of Iraqi youth. The series showcases not only a population that is often marginalized, but also the powerful desire and capacity of Iraqi youth to bring peace to their communities. The afternoon will feature an exclusive screening of one episode from Season 1 of Salam Shabab, currently airing in Iraq on Al Iraqiya and throughout the region on Space Power.
A question and answer session with the show's producers will follow the screening. USIP will then welcome a panel of dynamic young cultural leaders and activists from across the Middle East to discuss the role of youth in peacebuilding in the region. The evening will conclude with a live performance by Iraqi pop band UTN1.
Amb. Jabir Habeb
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
Maryam Al Khawaja
Bahrain Center for Human Rights
Hassan al Faluji
Rami Nakhla (Malath Aumran)
Local Coordination Committees of Syria
Iraqi blogger and activist