The Institute for Peace and Diplomacy hosted a panel titled “Two Years On: What Lies Ahead of the Abraham Accords & Middle East Security?” on Thursday, October 6, 2022.
September 15 this year marked the second anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords between Israel and its regional neighbours. In the past two years, there has been significant progress in Israeli-Arab relations with joint efforts to promote trade, investment, tourism, and people-to-people relations among the parties to the Accords.
In the same vein, there seems to be growing coordination and cooperation on regional security issues between Israel and the Arab world at large. Since the beginning of the year, there have been a number of multilateral meetings, facilitated by the U.S., with the participation of senior chiefs of defence from Israel, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Jordan, and Egypt to discuss regional cooperation over common security threats in the Middle East. Despite such unprecedented developments, some Israeli military experts suggest that there is still a long way ahead to formalize a regional security alliance between Israel and Arab countries in the Middle East, particularly when it’s aimed at Iran.
While the Abraham Accords appear to be on the right path toward expansion and augmentation in the region, there remain many challenges and obstacles that need to be examined and overcome amid the rapidly changing security environment on both regional and international levels.
- Sima Shine: Senior Research Fellow & Head, Iran Program, Institute for National Security Studies; Former Deputy Head, Strategic Affairs, Israeli National Security Council; Former Head, Research & Evaluation Division, Mossad; Former Deputy Director General, Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs
- Uzi Rabi: Director, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern & African Studies & Senior Researcher, Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University
- Gerald M. Feierstein: Distinguished Senior Fellow & Director, Arabian Peninsula Affairs, Middle East Institute; Former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. State Department
- Ebtesam Al-Ketbi: President, Emirates Policy Center; Professor, United Arab Emirates University
- Jon Allen: Former Canadian Ambassador to Israel; Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto