Regional Actors in the Middle East Peace Process: A Help or Hindrance?
Dr Maha Azzam, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House & International Relations Programme Director, Regent's College
Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Dr Claire Spencer, Head, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
As the latest round of negotiations aimed at resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict was embarked on in September 2010, the regional ramifications of the much-interrupted peace process have never appeared more important. State actors close to the conflict such as Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and non-state actors such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza, all have a stake in the outcome of the peace talks. Together with the wider Arab League membership and Iran, not all of them wish the process to succeed, or succeed on the terms envisaged by the US and its allies in the European Union.
This panel drawn from the Middle East and North Africa Programme's regional experts will examine what is at stake for the regional neighbours of Israel and the Palestinians. What influence have they had over the initial progress of the negotiations? Are their actions critical in helping or hindering the outcome of the bilateral talks? What alternatives or reactions might they envisage should this latest attempt at peace fail?