The Conflict in the Middle East

21 February 2012. From 18:00 | Workshop | IEMed, Barcelona

The fall of the Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt has deprived Israel of an important ally in stalled peace negotiations in recent years. In the east, Jordan faces its own transition process and, like Egypt, will have to reconcile the demands of Islamist sectors with a realistic foreign policy. In the north, Lebanon, technically at war with Israel and home to nearly half a million Palestinian refugees, is another key player. Israel is faced with a potentially adverse regional context, or at least one more averse to the inaction that has characterized the last phase of the peace process. The tactic of Israeli diplomacy in the face of political changes in its environment, based on wait and see, runs up against the pressure of the International Quartet, increasingly insistent, in order for Israel to adapt its position to a new reality marked by the impulse that the Arab uprisings give the Palestinians and that they have had in the unilateral request for recognition before the United Nations the most significant sample in 2011.

Mohamed-Chérif Ferjani is a historian, specialist in Islam and the Arab world. A former political prisoner in Tunisia (from 1957 to 1980), he is a founding member of the Tunisian section of Amnesty International. He is currently a professor and researcher at the Groupe de Recherches et d ’Etudes sur la Méditerranée et le Moyen-Orient-GREMMO, Lumière-Lyon University2 and a professor at the Institut des Études Politiques de Lyon. His research areas are the relations between religion and the political system in the Arab world, Islamic law, democratization and secularization processes in Islam, Muslim communities and the management of cultural and religious diversity in Europe and North America.

Speakers


Senén Florensa
Moderator

Senén Florensa

Delegate Comission President IEMed
Naim Shehadi
Speaker

Naim Shehadi

Associate Fellow Chatham House
Speaker

Mohamed Chérif Ferhabu

Researcher Institute d’Études Politiques

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