On Wednesday, April 13, METO together with our friends at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized a webinar on the above topic with four speakers with connections to the region: Dr Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Iran/Germany), Associate Fellow at the American University of Beirut; Amb. Lina Arafat (Jordan), METO; Amb. Karim Haggag (Egypt), Professor at the American University in Cairo, and; Sharon Dolev (Israel), Executive Director of METO. The session was moderated by Marc Finaud (France/Switzerland), from GCSP.
The war in Ukraine has led to widespread condemnation and its geopolitical impact can be felt in many parts of the world. The United Nations General Assembly voted in favour of two historic resolutions confirming the failure of the Security Council to fulfil its mandate for the maintenance of international peace and security. Looming in the background are threats of use of weapons of mass destruction that could have devastating consequences for Ukraine and beyond.
Regarding the Middle East, we are witnessing mediation attempts by the Israel and Turkey, a possible delay in reviving the Iran Nuclear Deal, reluctance by some Arab countries to align on Western positions and sanctions due to their relationship, including arms imports, with Russia, as well as impact on oil and gas markets and food security.
Below are the video presentations given by the panellists.