Special guest Dr. Ibrahim Fraihat, Senior Foreign Policy Fellow, Brookings Doha Center, and Dr John Bruni discuss the stability of the Middle East today and the future of the region. Topics covered: Obama’s foreign policy in the Middle East; the role of sectarianism in many of the region’s contemporary conflicts; the ‘Cold War’ between Saudi Arabia and Iran; the Syria civil war, Iraqi social and political turmoil, Iranian influence in Iraq, Israel & Palestine.
Dr Fraihat is a CAAR Visiting Fellow, sponsored by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). He is hosted by the Middle East Studies Forum of Deakin University and was in Adelaide as guest of the Department of Asian Studies, the University of Adelaide.

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