The UAE-Israel Agreement: A Game Changer in the Middle East and Beyond?

Date: Thursday, September 3rd 2020

Time: 18:00 

Place: LLC Commons Room, or ONLINE HERE


Webster University Geneva's MENA Center for Peace and Development and International Relations Department are pleased to host a panel discussion on Thursday, September 3 at 6:00 pm. Prominent experts include: 


  • Dr. Jean-Marc Rickli, Head, Global Risk and Resilience, The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

  • Professor Cyrus Schayegh, Professor, International History, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IUHEID)

  • Dr. Shahrokh Shakerian, Diplomatic Adviser, Policy and Humanitarian Diplomacy, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

  • Dr. Daniel Warner, Independent Scholar, formerly Assistant Director of International Affairs at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

  • Moderator: Dr. Jubin Goodarzi, Associate Professor & Deputy Head, International Relations Department, Webster University Geneva


While the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to establish diplomatic relations on August 13 came as a surprise to some observers, in many respects it was not unexpected.


For a number of years now, several of the Arab states in the Persian Gulf region, most notably the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, have been cultivating ties and establishing avenues of cooperation with Israel. This collaboration has been quite close in the realm of security and intelligence matters, particularly with regard to Iran, as Israel and the Gulf Arabs view Iran as a major threat to their national security and regional peace and stability.


The UAE over the time has created an expansive network of relationships and linkages with various governments and entities in the Middle East and beyond, thereby projecting and magnifying its influence and power. Israel, for its part, has attempted to mend fences with Arab states, arguing that the two sides need to form a united front against the Iranian "menace." The Trump administration has drawn closer to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in an unprecedented manner, considering them key US allies in the region. In parallel, it has tried tried to isolate Iran and bring Tehran to its knees with crippling sanctions and maximum pressure on all fronts.

Are we witnessing a new chapter in Middle East politics and international relations? Will there be a genuine and enduring Arab-Israeli reconciliation? Will Iran be completely marginalized? Will the Trump administration be able to capitalize on this matter both in the Middle East and domestically as the US presidential elections approach?

This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Click HERE to register.



Dial-In Information 


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Webster University Geneva, Living and Learning Center (LLC)
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland

Event Type

Global Campuses, Geneva



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