On March 20, 2018, DOC RI Berlin hosted ‘Causes and Consequences of Middle East Conflicts post Arab Spring’, a lecture by Doha Institute Associate Professor Mark Farha.
In his presentation, Dr. Farha analysed the factors that caused the Arab Spring. Among other things, he pinpointed the fact that a price explosion prevented a political one in 2011 – a circumstance that often goes unnoticed.
Farha also traced the nature of the sectarianism that keeps plaguing the Middle East. An interesting observation has been made that sectarianism is a form of egoism. Overcoming this kind of exclusivism is a must if one expects to solve the region’s numerous conflicts.
Looking at the Middle East’s multiple crises, Farha particularly stressed the influence of the US-Russian relations in the Levant. Redefining foreign policy strategies, he claimed, is crucial for changing regional dynamics for the better.