SpeakersRajendra M. Abhyankar
Panel 1. “The Middle Eastern Paradigm of Conflict: Only One Solution is Impossible”
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is witnessing the development of several conflicts, with a number of external actors involved. In Syria territorial integrity remains fragile, and a de facto fragmentation of the country has already taken place. Regaining IS-held territory does not equal victory. Longer-term solutions are also needed to prevent the emergence of new terrorist groups based on ideology. Shia-Sunni relations at regional and national levels are also key. The ‘Kurdish issue’ continues to raise issues of sovereignty and building stable inter-ethnic relations. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict persists. Across the region, foreign actors play central roles, from economic support to, arguably, violation of state sovereignty. Panel participants will discuss development scenarios and alternatives to the status quo.
Main points for Panel Discussion
- What are the red lines for interference in MENA states’ internal affairs?
- Can external actors cooperate?
- What is the future for the Kurds in Syria and Iraq?
- What can be done to prevent the spread of Islamic extremism?
- Can Shia-Sunni differences be settled through inter-faith dialogue alone?
- What are the prerequisites for addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict?
- How can governance model for Syria, capable of leading reconstruction and ensuring stability be developed?