President of the Emirates Policy Center (EPC), Dr. Ebtesam al-Ketbi, attended a conference organized by Valdai Discussion Club between 27-28 February 2017 in Moscow. The gathering, entitled “The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?”  tackled the situations in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen, and their geopolitical impact on regional and global levels.

Dr. al-Ketbi presented a paper in the forum entitled “The responsibility of the strong in the Middle East for building a sustainable regional security structure” in which she pointed out that any approach to defuse tensions and end struggles in the Middle East must start by striking a “balance of ambitions for power” among competing regional states. She added that efforts must be made to narrow the differences in these parties’ views regarding the nature of mutual threats, noting that any regional security structure that is meant to ensure peace and collective security in the Middle East must rest on rejecting the hegemony of a single power.  Dr. al-Ketbi also stressed that the Middle East and the responsibilities of major regional powers must not be detached from the responsibilities of major global powers and institutions, notably the US, Europe, Russia, China and the U.N.  

It is worth noting that this is the sixth edition of the discussion that Valdai Club has held on the Middle East since 2004, which is attended by politicians, diplomats, researchers from the Middle East region as well as by officials from countries affecting regional policies. The Russian leadership usually attaches special significance to this event.

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