The assassination of General Suleimani may be the defining act of the Trump Presidency. We bring together two leading experts on the politics of the Middle East to consider where we go from here.
2020 began with one of the most controversial US military actions of the century so far: the assassination by drone strike of Qassem Suleimani, architect of Iran’s effort to solidify regional control across the ‘Shia crescent’ stretching from Iran to Iraq, Syria to southern Lebanon. For many in the commentariat, retaliation, escalation and bloodshed seem inevitable. But how has the assassination been perceived in the region itself? And what ramifications does this have for the long-term prospect of peace? Is diplomacy still an option, or will warfare become the new normal?
We’ve assembled two of the world’s leading experts to offer their insights into this precarious moment in global politics.
Bernard Avishai is a Professor at Dartmouth College in the US and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – and the New Yorker’s most prolific contributor on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs. One of the most widely read scholars of the region, his analysis of Israel’s present and predictions for the nation’s future have earned him a reputation for profound, rational, clear-headed insight in our all-too volatile world.
Charles Glass is the award-winning correspondent whose forty-year career in the Middle East encompasses the Yom Kippur war of 1973 and the fight against Islamic State today. He was the first to reveal Saddam Hussein’s development of biological weapons in 1988; the only American television network correspondent in Northern Iraq at the time covering the Kurdish rebellion in 1991, and made headlines himself when, in 1987, he was kidnapped by and escaped from Shi’a militants in Lebanon.
Together, Bernard and Charles will explore how the Suleimani assassination has affected the strategic interests of the key actors in the region – and offer their predictions for what will happen next. Don’t miss this meeting between two of the most formidable thinkers on Middle Eastern affairs.