Round Table «The current Israel-Palestine situation and its implications for international relations and diplomacy» with Igor Matveev

Round Table «The current Israel-Palestine situation and its implications for international relations and diplomacy» with Igor Matveev

On December 7, the Future World Diplomats Club with the support of the MGIMO School of Government and International Affairs held a round-table on the topic «The current Israel-Palestine situation and its implications for international relations and diplomacy» with the special guest Igor Matveev, an expert on the Middle East and an Associate Professor of the MGIMO Department of International Relations and Foreign Policy.

The event was organized by the renewed Future World Diplomats Club, which has been assigned to SGIA for many years as the only fully English-speaking MGIMO club.

During the round-table discussion, the students and the expert engaged in a comprehensive exchange of views regarding the ongoing crisis in Israel-Palestine and its significance for major powers involved in regulating the conflict. They delved into the historical background of the conflict, exploring its origins, the establishment of Israel, the displacement of Palestinians, and subsequent wars and peace processes.

The participants also analyzed the current status of the conflict, highlighting various issues on the ground such as settlements, security barriers, access to resources, and the dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza. They examined the international response to the conflict, discussing the stances of different countries and international organizations, their diplomatic efforts, peace initiatives, and support for either side. The participants explored the diplomatic efforts and the roles of the world centers of power, such as Russia and China, along with such regional powers as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iran, and Turkey in regulating the conflict. Russia’s diplomatic efforts were also highlighted, including the state visits by President Vladimir Putin to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh on November 6th, and the meeting with his Iranian counterpart in Moscow on November 7th.

The round-table discussion further focused on the regional dynamics and how the Israel-Palestine conflict affects stability and relations between neighboring countries such as Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. The participants analyzed the influence of non-state actors like Hamas and Hezbollah in shaping international perceptions and responses, including the «Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions» (BDS) campaign, established in 2005 by Palestine, aiming to put pressure on Israel.

Finally, the participants engaged in a thought-provoking discussion about future prospects for a resolution. They considered various scenarios, including a one-state solution, two-state solution, and other models, analyzing the challenges, opportunities, and implications of each option for international relations and diplomacy, and concluded that Russia’s support for the «two-state» formula is the only possible solution to conflict.

Throughout the discussion, the participants ensured that their dialogue remained respectful, balanced, and open to diverse perspectives. This approach fostered a constructive atmosphere that facilitated a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict and its implications for international relations and diplomacy.

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