172nd Bergedorf Round Table

After Pax Americana: New Approaches to Middle East Security

in Beirut, 18-20 October 2019

The period of almost uncontested American dominance in the Middle East is drawing to a close. While the US continues to reduce its presence in the world’s most conflict-ridden region, Russia is reasserting itself in the Levant and beyond, and China is continuously strengthening its regional footprint. Along with regional power rivalries, unresolved armed conflicts and chronic state fragility, these shifts have fundamentally altered the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East. With repercussions far beyond the region, the Middle East’s deteriorating security environment calls for more effective cooperation in conflict management and stabilization among local, regional and international actors.

The 172nd Bergedorf Round Table seeks to decipher the geopolitical changes in today’s Middle East, to reappraise existing approaches to regional security and to map out new strategies. Which different threat perceptions exist and how can actors agree on a common threat analysis? What are sustainable pathways to deal with the most pressing security challenges? Are the tools that were developed in a Pax Americana world apt to resolve the challenges of the 21st century?

These questions will be discussed by a select group of senior-level politicians, government officials and experts from Europe, the Middle East and beyond, gathering in Beirut from 18-20 October 2019 for the 172nd Bergedorf Round Table.

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