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“A Westphalia for the Middle East?”

In cooperation with the Forum on Geopolitics (University of Cambridge) the 163rd Bergedorf Round Table will be held November 11 to 12 in Berlin. The participants will discuss what principles and mechanisms embodied in the Peace of Westphalia might be relevant for solving today’s conflicts in the Middle East.

The Middle East continues to be shaken by violent conflicts, sectarianism, and conflicting great-power interests. Epitomized by the Syrian civil war, this confluence of destabilizing factors is felt far beyond the region and has renewed the need for creative formulas of power sharing and sectarian accommodation.

The 163rd Bergedorf Round Table will be held in cooperation with the Forum on Geopolitics (University of Cambridge) November 11 to 12 in Berlin and will be opened by Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier. It will bring together around 30 high-ranking politicians, senior members of administration as well as experts and historians from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to reflect about the crises of the contemporary Middle East, especially the Syria conflict, in an innovative way.

 

 

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