The Middle East is arguably one of the most troubled regions in the world. Despite many diplomatic efforts in the last decades, the region has been resistant to peaceful solutions and conflict still remains a reality for too many people in the Middle East. Economic perspectives also do not look promising for many citizens of the region. In 2017, we have seen an increase in political tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, a deterioration of diplomatic relations among Gulf countries, the continuation of war in Yemen and Syria, violence in Iraq, and impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Many of the economic and social challenges that underpinned the so-called Arab Awakening in 2011-2012 have not been addressed. And extreme violence and terrorism, which has been nurtured by political and social problems in the region, have now influenced so many corners of the world, included Southeast Asia. Why is so? Why, when much of the world seems to be moving forward, is the Middle East being left behind? What are the elements that make the Middle East so permeable to reform and change?
Join Francesco Mancini for a webinar discussion on the challenges of the Middle East, why we should care about it, and what can be done.