On July 11, 2017 the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation) organized a panel discussion “Middle East – Current Challenges”.
The event was moderated by Irakli Menagarishvili, the Chairman of the Center for Strategic Studies, the speakers included Davit Batashvili, the specialist on International Relations and Giorgi Sanikidze, the Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Ilia State University.
The speakers discussed the key players in the Middle East, the roles, policies and influences of Iran, Turkey, Russia, U.S. and the Gulf States as well as how these policies are interlinked.
The speakers also talked about the developments in Syria and the fight against ISIS. They also discussed several possible scenarios of the developments in the Middle East region and the risks associated with each of them.
The representatives of expert community, governmental and non-governmental organizations attended the event. The presentations were followed by an engaging discussion between the audience and the speakers.