Midden Oosten - Actualiteitencollege door politicologen Bertjan Verbeek en Nora Stel
Midden Oosten - Actualiteitencollege door politicologen Bertjan Verbeek en Nora Stel

Attacks and Counter-attacks: Recent Developments in the Middle East

Wednesday 24 April 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Current Affairs Lecture in English | Radboud Reflects and VOX

Venue: College Hall Complex, Radboud University  

Tensions in the Middle East have intensified in recent weeks. In response to the Israeli attack on the Iranian embassy in Syria, Tehran launched hundreds of drones and missiles at Israel, primarily from Iranian territory. 99 percent of these were intercepted, thanks in part to the defense systems of Israel, the United States, and Jordan. More countries in the Middle East appear to be getting involved in these rising tensions. How can further escalation be prevented? What are the chances that the conflict will expand further? And how atypical are the developments we are now witnessing? Come and listen to political scientists Nora Stel and Bertjan Verbeek discussing the recent developments in the Middle East.

Direct confrontation

Clashes between Iran and Israel are not new. For years, the two countries have been engaged in a shadow conflict that has not yet erupted into a direct military confrontation. Until now, confrontations mainly occurred indirectly, for example in Yemen and Lebanon, with the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah often playing a central role. However, a direct confrontation occurred last week, with rockets fired from Iranian territory for the first time. 

How do recent developments differ from those in the past? What exactly is the relationship between Iran and Hezbollah? What role do Jordan, Lebanon, and other states in the region play? What impact do these tensions have on the rest of the region? Is there a change of the conflict escalating further, and what acts could lead to this?

Political scientist Nora Stel and Bertjan Verbeek will engage in a conversation on these topics. Philosopher Cees Leijenhorst moderates the conversation.There will also be an opportunity to ask your own questions.

This programme will be in English.

About the speakers

Nora Stel is a political scientist at Radboud University. She researches governance and politics in conflict zones.

Bertjan Verbeek is a political scientist and professor of International Relations at Radboud University. He researches decision-making in foreign policy during crises.


Participation is free. Registration is not necessary. 

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Wednesday 24 April 2024, 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Radboud Reflects, Vox