19 September 2020
An elite group of 14 international experts to address the virtual event organized in collaboration with Al-Ittihad and Yedioth Ahronoth newspapers

ABU DHABI, September 20 – TRENDS Research & Advisory is organizing an e-symposium – Peace in the Middle East: Forging a New Path to Security and Prosperityon Monday, September 21, in collaboration with the UAE’s Al-Ittihad and Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspapers.

To be live-streamed at 7 pm (UAE local time) on the TRENDS YouTube channel and other social media platforms, the symposium will have simultaneous translations in Arabic and Hebrew. An elite group of 14 experts worldwide will address the symposium, which coincides with the International Day of Peace celebrated worldwide on September 21.

The symposium will discuss the prospects for peace in the Middle East following the normalization of Arab-Israel relations and opportunities for cooperation in building a comprehensive and lasting peace and security in the region that meets its people’s aspirations for security stability and development.

The symposium comprises two sessions. The first session – World Peace Day: An Opportunity to Overcome the Legacy of Conflict – will discuss the importance of peace as a key to stability, development, and prosperity and highlight renewed hope for peace and stability in light of the new developments in the Middle East.

The second session – Arab-Israeli Peace Agreements: New Vision for a Lasting Peace in the Middle East – will underline the new vision for building peace in the region, focusing on the new Arab perspective, the Israeli, and the US-European perspective.

This session will include topics such as Prospects for Cooperation and Opportunities for Prosperity, which will look at the future outcomes of the Arab-Israeli peace agreements on political, economic, and security arenas. This topic mainly focuses on the impact of these agreements on the settlement of the Palestinian cause.

The session will also highlight the prospects of bilateral and regional cooperation in various fields besides dealing with these agreements’ security implications, especially in terms of nurturing a culture of tolerance and coexistence and denouncing the hate narrative exploited by extremists in the region.

The second topic in this session will be devoted to discussing the Role of the Media in Building a Culture of Peace in the Region. It will emphasize how the new peace agreements offer an opportunity to introduce “the other Israel” to Arabs as an advanced country in many fields.

The session will discuss how the UAE-Israel peace agreement can be a window for the Israeli society into the UAE as a successful Arab model by all international standards. It will also analyze the media’s role in bringing up new generations that believe in a future built on cooperation and peaceful coexistence.


TRENDS Research & Advisory strives to present an insightful and informed view of global issues and challenges from a strategic perspective. Established in 2014 as an independent research center, TRENDS conducts specialized studies in the fields of international relations and political, economic, and social sciences. It undertakes rigorous analyses of current issues and international and regional developments, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Center analyses opportunities and challenges at various levels of the geopolitical spectrum. It evaluates scenarios and prospects to find scientific and objective answers and seeks to influence the decision-making process. TRENDS Research & Advisory aims to champion national and regional causes and build a strong network with research centers, organizations, and institutions worldwide. It also seeks to benefit from the expertise of international research and academic institutions.