The UAE-Israel Deal: A New Chapter for the Middle East?

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This webinar, with Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Michael Stephens and Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, will consider the historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

The agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates promises to establish normal relations between the two countries. In this sense, the agreement is historic; hitherto only Egypt and Jordan fully normalised their links with Israel. Yet the deal does not address the question of the Palestinians, nor does it seem to provide answers to the Middle East’s broader security challenges.

To what extent does the agreement herald the start of a broader strategic realignment in the Gulf? What are its implications on other key Middle Eastern actors? And what can the UAE-Israel deal tell us about the priorities of an incoming United States administration? 

These are some of the areas to be tackled in our webinar.  

Taking Part: 

  • The Rt Honourable Alistair Burt who served as Member of Parliament for almost two decades, and who twice in his career was responsible for handling Middle East affairs in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, during both the David Cameron and Theresa May governments 
  • Michael Stephens, RUSI Associate Fellow, who previously led the RUSI’s Middle East studies for a decade and worked extensively in region 
  • Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Senior Research Fellow at RUSI with particular focus on Iran and Iraq’s foreign and domestic politics. 

The event will be chaired by: Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships at RUSI


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