Valdai Club Presents the Report for the 13th Middle East Conference
Valdai Discussion Club Conference Hall, Tsvetnoy Boulevard 16/1, Moscow, Russia
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On February 8 at 11:00 a.m. (Moscow time) at the Valdai Club there was a presentation of the new report: “Gaza. Yemen. Epicentres of Pain. Feelings, Myths and Memory in the Middle East” on the eve of the 13th Middle East Conference.

The year 2023 was full of events that influenced both the countries of the Middle East and extra-regional actors. Many of the events seemed to be a continuation of previously established positive trends, including the normalisation of relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the renewal of Syria’s membership in the Arab League, and the decision to include Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the BRICS.

However, by the end of the year, the situation in the region had changed dramatically: the old Palestinian-Israeli conflict returned to the agenda, and tensions arose in the Red Sea, which affected global shipping and led to US and British strikes on Yemen. According to the authors of the report, the current situation indicates a gradual transformation of the Middle East, the possible division of a single regional space and the emergence of new zones where the interests of many players intersect.