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Night Owl Session under Chatham House Rule

In Whose Interest Is Another Turmoil in The Middle East?

May 17, 22:00-23:30
Room: Seville

Tensions having been rising in the Middle East since October 2023. While the international community keeps calling for a ceasefire and negotiations in Gaza, turmoil is spreading across the region. For the first time, Iran and Israel have attacked each other directly. Is there a risk of the conflict intensifying further? Can Israel maintain its fledgling diplomatic relations with the Arab states? What will the long-term impacts of this war be on the regional power balance?


Eliot A Cohen

Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies 

Mohamed Elbadri

Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Seth G Jones

Senior Vice President at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Rym Momtaz

Consultant Research Fellow for European Foreign Policy and Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies


Frank Gardner

Security Correspondent at BBC