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A region in transition: the fluid nature of Middle East politics

Add to calendar 2024-03-06 12:30 2024-03-06 14:00 Europe/Rome A region in transition: the fluid nature of Middle East politics Sala Triaria Villa Schifanoia YYYY-MM-DD


06 March 2024

12:30 - 14:00 CET


Sala Triaria

Villa Schifanoia

Join Raffaella Del Sarto who will explore whether the Middle East is witnessing the dawn of a new regional order, and whether the recent Israel-Hamas conflict marks a pivotal moment in its trajectory.
Much has been written about the regional order in the Middle East in recent years. Ever since the Arab uprisings started in 2010–2011, debates on whether regional politics changed fundamentally, and perhaps even irreversibly, have abounded. Certainly, the region has witnessed significant developments since 2011. Revolutions have ousted long-term autocrats, civil wars involving multiple armed groups erupted, and the antagonism between Saudi Arabia and Iran reverberated throughout the region. Several regional actors, most notably Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Qatar, upped their game in Middle Eastern politics, as did Russia and China, while the United States somewhat retreated from the region. The seminar will address the questions of whether we are witnessing the emergence of a fundamentally new regional order in the Middle East and whether the latest Israel-Hamas war is likely to be a turning point in regional politics. 
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