“The Middle East — the Established Powers and the New Great Power Game”, a Conversation with Roula Khalaf

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    2017•01•30    18:30 - 19:30

    On 30 January 2017, UNU will host “The Middle East — the Established Powers and the New Great Power Game”, a conversation with Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    It was not long ago that the international community looked to developments in the Middle East with hopeful optimism. A surge of popular political engagements seemed poised to overcome years of political oppression. However, this wave of enthusiasm for democratic change has given way to violent struggles for power and legitimacy in many countries. Today, the Middle East is more vulnerable to conflict, and thus, very likely to disturb the politics and ambitions of the “Great Powers” for the region. Recent international events and changes in global power dynamics — such as Donald Trump winning the US presidential election, the ongoing crisis in Syria, and evolving relationships with Europe — will undoubtedly pose further challenges for this potentially successful, but perennially distressed, region. How might these changes in the “Great Power Game” affect the Middle East, and how can the UN approach this new status quo?

    Ms Khalaf will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring how the Middle East may respond to new and ongoing challenges in the region, and the effect that it may have on the United Nations and the global community.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 29 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Roula Khalaf is Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. Previously, she served as the Financial Times foreign editor, overseeing editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to this post, she spent 13 years as the Financial Times’s Middle East editor. Before joining the Financial Times, she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York. Her areas of focus include Iraq, the Gulf states, North Africa, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her 2013 series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Media Award for Print and Web Feature Story of the Year.

    Ms Khalaf holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.


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    United Nations University
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