The Hamas-Israel war, now in its second month, continues to have dire consequences for civilians in Gaza. Without a durable ceasefire, the crisis is expected to worsen – the Palestinian death toll continues to rise, and in the longer-term, make the conflict even more entrenched.
The impact of the war is reverberating around the Middle East. There has been unprecedented public pressure on regional governments to condemn Israel while the conflict has raised fears of an escalation with Iranian backed groups.
The emergency joint summit of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation held on 11 November in Saudi Arabia called for an immediate ceasefire and aimed to demonstrate regional unity on the humanitarian response. At the same time, bilateral diplomacy is also underway to contain the spread of the conflict.
A panel of experts will discuss:
How effective are regional states in pushing for a ceasefire and what role can they play in humanitarian, diplomatic and longer-term solutions?
Can Middle Eastern governments that have normalized relations with Israel play a more prominent diplomatic role?
Are there regional leaders emerging that will take leadership of broader negotiations?
How can regional states leverage diplomatic ties and multilateralism to play a role in the post-conflict settlement process?
This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work focusing on the Israel-Palestine conflict.