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Role of technology to take centre stage in Middle East peace panel

Technology has a role to play in building peace in the Middle East, an Egyptian scholar will tell a political studies conference.

Peace is feasible so long as Arab youth are involved through emerging media on the web, Abdellatif Mohamed Saied will say at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington DC on 5 May.

The peace discussion will be part of a panel debate on Prospects for Peace in the Middle East chaired by Qamar ul-Huda.

Mohamed Saied, the Egypt country coordinator of the International Quranic Center in Washington DC, will offer creative policy recommendations for the new Obama administration on how best to launch an ambitious long term peace promotion program in the Middle East region.

Researchers and journalists who are unable to attend can follow the conference on Meedan.net.

Conference participants will be blogging live onto the site to update an Arabic speaking audience in near real-time.

Follow the debate through the day and beyond here.