The Middle East Reset

Amid the War on Gaza

May 7, 2024

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
4:00 pm AST - 5:15 pm AST
Zoom Platform


The war on Gaza has reshaped the previous trend of normalization and de-escalation that was materializing in the Middle East and North Africa region. It is redefining the region’s internal politics and relations with external players, as well as the status of the Palestinian question, Israel, and the Iran-led “Axis of Resistance.” It is also affecting ties between Arab states and their engagement with Türkiye and Iran. Finally, not only has the war shed light on the changing place of external powers in the regional (dis)order, but it has also served as a reality check for the United States’ vision.

In this context, the Middle East Council on Global Affairs is hosting a webinar to analyze the shifting regional order amid Israel’s brutal military campaign in Gaza and in the wake of Iran-Israel escalation. The panelists will address key questions, including: How has the war on Gaza affected the regional reset and its prospective future evolution? How does the Palestinian question feature in the regional reset? How has the reset shaped the strategic calculus of Iran and its “Axis of Resistance”? What future awaits the tension between the Iran-led “Axis of Resistance” and Israel? How has the war altered intra-Arab relations, as well as relations between Iran, Türkiye, and the Arab world? How have the war and regional tensions shifted the standing of the major external players in the Middle East?




Nonresident Senior Fellow


Trita Parsi
Executive Vice President, The Quincy Institute

Vali Nasr
Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Ebtesam al-Ketbi
President and Founder of the Emirates Policy Center
Daniel Levy
President, US / Middle East Project (USMEP)