Pavilion 4, Conference Hall 4.1 Arena

The dramatic political changes taking place in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen were followed by similar events in Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere. It is raising hope, but also concern for the future stability and prosperity of the Middle East.

1) With several long-serving autocratic leaders no longer in power, what type of political systems are we likely to see emerge over the medium term? How might the current unrest shift Sunni-Shiite power balances throughout the region?
2) What are the risks and opportunities for these countries? How are the changes underway likely to impact regional security and global energy supplies?
3) What can be done to encourage orderly change and sustainable new political systems?

John Defterios , Editor, Anchor, CNN International

Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Dr. Daniel Yergin , Executive Vice-President, Chairman, IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates Inc (CERA)
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Yevgeny Primakov , Diplomat and international relations expert, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexey Repik , President, Delovaya Rossiya (Business Russia)
Walid Chammah , Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley International

Ivar Maksutov , Chairman, Moscow Society for the Study of Religions, Philosophy Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Editor-in-chief, Moscow E-Journal of Religion
Ivan Safranchuk , Director of the Russian Representation of the International Center for Defensive Information, Chair of World Political Processes Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the Russian Federation