The Conflict in Syria and its Influence on Pluralism and Diversity Management in the Middle East

5 March 2013. From 18:30 | Workshop | IEMed, Barcelona

Fifth session of the cycle “Mediterranean 2013: the consolidation of new powers”, which in the course of 6 sessions during the month of February will analyze the situation in North Africa and the Middle East addressing the major issues of current Euro-Mediterranean relations and its repercussions for the future of the whole region.

In the Middle East, the stagnation of the uprising in Syria, back in civil war after two long years of violence, may jeopardize the precarious balance of a region in which the drift of multiple existing conflicts follows the logic of the vessels. communicating. The obvious influence of the Syrian conflict in the deterioration of the fragile internal situation of the cultural and religious crucible that is Lebanon, the growing presence of Syrian refugees in the increasingly unstable Jordan, Lebanon itself or a Turkey also concerned about the ‘stability of its southern border, along much of which Damascus has lost control in favor of Kurdish militias are some examples. Iran, which like Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar has a clear aspiration to reaffirm a leading role in the region, provides support to the regime of Bashar al-Assad, plays an active role in social unrest in the Peninsula Arabia and stars in escalating cross-threats following its nuclear program with the United States and Israel, a country that is witnessing with concern a relentless wave of change that could alter the course of the conflict with the Palestinian Territories.


Lurdes Vidal

Lurdes Vidal

Director Afkar/Ideas

Karam Karam

Director Common Space Initiative – Beirut