The Root Causes of Conflict in the Middle East and How to Tackle Them

Keynote Remarks:

H.E. Annika Söder
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden


Paige Alexander
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for the Middle East

Henri Barkey
Director, Middle East Program
The Wilson Center

Helena Boguslawska
Deputy Head of the Political, Security, and Development Section
Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Michele Dunne
Director and Senior Associate, Middle East Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Stephen Grand
Executive Director, Middle East Strategy Task Force
Atlantic Council

Col. Paul F. Hughes, USA (Ret.)
Interim Operations Chief for Middle East and Africa
United States Institute of Peace

Elise Labott
Global Affairs Correspondent

Mirette F. Mabrouk
Deputy Director and Director of Research & Programs, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Amb. Anne W. Patterson
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
US Department of State

Mohamed Younis
Senior Analyst
Gallup World Poll

The decades-long unravelling of the economic and social fabric of the Middle East has played an instrumental role in the rise of civil strife. From undiversified economies and ineffective political institutions to inadequate education and youth unemployment, there are many root causes of conflict in the region.

Please join the Atlantic Council and Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Thursday, October 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a half-day conference that will explore the underlying causes of conflict in the Middle East and propose new ways to strengthen cooperation among the United States and its European allies in the region.

Annika Söder, Sweden’s State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will deliver keynote remarks, followed by two panel discussions. A light breakfast will be served.

What happens in the Middle East will have major importance for the global system. An international peace settlement would help rebuild global cooperation and could be the first step toward a reinvigorated, rules-based order. Join our discussion to help shape and achieve this future scenario.

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