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Whither the Middle East: More Conflict or New Peace?

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Sep. 23, 2020
10:00am – 11:30am

Whither the Middle East: More Conflict or New Peace?

Lebanon is in chaos, as it struggles to rebuild politically and physically. Tensions between Iran and the U.S. are again mounting over access to arms and their rivalry in the region, with fears of a showdown this fall. Syria is nearing a decade of war, with no imminent prospects of peace or reconciliation. ISIS still has an estimated 10,000 fighters menacing Iraq and Syria. Yet, in the midst of volatile times, Israel and the U.A.E. signed the first peace agreement in more than a quarter century. Where is the Middle East headed in these turbulent times—toward more conflict or new peace?