Middle East and Competition for Regional Hegemony

4 February 2014. From 18:30 | Workshop | IEMed, Barcelona

A global approach to the situation in the Middle East is based on the interests and role played by domestic international actors such as Egypt, Turkey or Israel, external actors such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar or Iran seeking a hegemonic position in the region; actors whose presence in the Mediterranean is traditional -US or the EU- and actors with a growing influence in the region -Russia, China-.

“Knowing where we come from is key to understanding where we head.” For the Arab world specialist Bichara Khader, it is necessary to decipher well how the geopolitical scenario of the Middle East has transformed in the last forty years to find clues about the future of the region. Where there is no doubt is that the Arab world has entered a phase, still underway, of political change after the so-called “Arab Spring” and that the system that is imposed will determine the reality and geopolitics of the region.

Director of the Center for the Study and Research on the Contemporary Arab World, Catholic University of Leuven, Khader opens the series of lectures “Mediterranean 2014: open stage” with the conference “Middle East and competition for regional hegemony” in the IEMed.


Senén Florensa

Senén Florensa

Executive President IEMed

Bichara Khader

Director Centre d’Étude et de Recherche sur le Monde Arabe Contemporain