Khashoggi’s Murder and the Crises of the Middle East Panel

The reactions of the world public opinion against Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul has put the Saudi Arabia and the Middle East under the spotlight. The ensuing crisis underlined the importance of the new Middle East and the Gulf region in global politics. The current Middle East in the global system is comparable to the position of the Balkans in the European-based international system at the beginning of the 20th century. The assassination of a symbolic figure like Jamal Khashoggi not only calls into question the Middle Eastern status quo but also revealed the political divisions in the Western world about the future of the Middle East.

The Khashoggi murder has intensified pressure on the Trump Administration that aims to reshape the Middle East through Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) by the liberal circles which advocate values such as human rights, democracy and press freedom in the Western world, and this pressure reached a level that could have an impact on the US elections. In this way, it has made the Trump Administration’s new regional project (e.g. that of Saudi Arabia) more controversial and the developments carry a potential to reverse the future of these plans in the region. The new atmosphere after Khashoggi’s murder is likely to affect the crises areas in the Middle East and North Africa. In this context, the ORSAM Panel entitled “Khashoggi’s Murder and the Crises of the Middle East” will discuss the possible effects of the incident on the future of Syria, Qatar, Yemen and Palestine, etc.


8 November 2018, Thursday

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uysal, ORSAM Director

Prof. Dr. Muhittin Ataman
, Foreign Policy Research Director, SETA
Mr. Mehmet Acet, Journalist/Writer
Dr. Hilmi Özev, Istanbul University & ORSAM Expert

Note: There will be simultaneous translation from Turkish and English.

Location: ORSAM’s New Building, Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2128. Sokak No: 3 Çankaya (Eskisehir Yolu), Ankara