Day One


11:00-12:00: Opening and keynote speeches

  • Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman of Board of Directors at Al Jazeera Media Network
  • Majed Al-Ansari, Advisor to the Qatari Prime Minister and Spokesperson for the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Session One

The Gulf in view of the Russian war on Ukraine: Opportunities and challenges

    1. Opportunities for the Gulf
    2. Various options for Gulf countries in light of the severe international polarisation
    3. Gulf stability in a perturbed world
    4. New climates for rebuilding the Gulf system


  • Abdullah Al-Shayji, Professor and Director of the Political Science Graduate Programme at Kuwait University
  • Nouf Al Doussari, Assistant Professor of Policy planning and development department of International Affairs
  • Abdulaziz Sager, Founder and Chairman of Gulf Research Center
  • Mahjoob Zweiri, Director of Gulf Studies Center at Qatar University
Lunch break 13:30-14:30

Session Two

The Russian war on Ukraine: A threat to international security and peace or an opportunity to shape a more balanced world order?

  1. Russia, the West and the Cold War legacy: Limited cooperation, constant fears and mutual threats
  2. The current war and the danger of unconventional weapons to global security: Nuclear, energy and food
  3. Will Russia and its allies successfully form an Eastern bloc equivalent to and parallel to that of the West?


  • Olena Tregub, the Secretary General of the Independent Defense Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO)
  • Leonid M. Issaev, Associate Professor at the Department for Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics
  • Liqaa Maki Al Azzawi, Senior Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies
  • Hassan Barari, Professor of International Relations at Qatar University
Break 16:00-16:30

Session Three

A year into the war: A reading into conflicting considerations and strategies

  1. Putin’s moving objectives: Field defeat or plans and strategies?
  2. The cost of sanctions on Russia for Europe: Energy, food, security, migration and the rise of the right wing
  3. The West’s alternatives to disengagement with Russia: The obtainable and possible in the context of energy transition policies


  • Jane Kinninmont, Policy and Impact Director at the European Leadership Network
  • Elias Hanna, strategy and military expert and retired general in the Lebanese army
  • Didier Darcet, Co-Founder of Gavekal-IS
  • Salman Shaikh, former director of Brookings Doha and Founder and CEO of The Shaikh Group

Day Two


Session Four

The war and the Middle East: Implications in light of the different regional roles

  1. Turkey’s multiple roles: Armament, mediation and initiatives
  2. Iran: The nuclear file, regional policies and further expansion east
  3. The impact of the war on the Palestinian struggle and the Arab-Israeli conflict


  • Ismail Numan Telci, Vice President of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM)
  • Izadi foad, Associate Professor, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran
  • Honaida Ghanim, Director of the Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) and Visiting Professor at Birzeit University
  • Fatima Alsmadi, Senior Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies
Break 10:30-11:00

Session Five

Arab crises before and after the war

      1. Syria and Yemen: The absence of war and the absence of a settlement
      2. Lebanon, Iraq and Sudan: Economic and political crises and the conflict of foreign agendas
      3. The shadow of war in other Arab arenas: Libya, Egypt and Tunisia


  • Mustafa Noman, Yemeni writer and politician
  • Mohammed Sarmini, President and Founder of Jusoor Center for Studies
  • Salah Eddin Elzein, Advisor to the Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network and expert in African affairs
  • Chafic Choucair, Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies
Lunch break

Session Six

Media coverage of the war

    1. How the media covered the Russian war on Ukraine
    2. War narratives in the media: Strengths and weaknesses
    3. Testimonies of correspondents (from Al Jazeera and others)


  • Fahad Ahmed, Legal Advisor at the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Scott Griffen, Deputy Director of the International Press Institute (IPI)
  • Ahmad Vall Eddine, Professional journalist and novelist.
  • Suheib Alassa,A Palestinian professional journalist
  • Hoda Abdel-Hamid, is an award-winning roving correspondent for Al Jazeera English.
Closing 15:30