The Middle East: Testing the Boundaries

Organized by the Fanack Chronicle for the Middle East and North Africa, and hosted by The Hague Institute for Global Justice, this Fanack MENA Debate, titled The Middle East: Testing the Boundaries, discussed the present and future situation of the Middle East and North Africa region.

United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Mrs. Sigrid Kaag delivered a keynote speech on: ‘UN in the Middle East: Reflections on Syria and Lebanon’. Mrs. Kaag’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session moderated by diplomatic expert Mr. Robert van de Roer. The panel will address the topic question: Is war the new norm in the Middle East?

About Fanack Chronicle for the Middle East and North Africa: The Fanack MENA Debate is an initiative of, a platform dedicated to providing balanced and informed analysis of events in the MENA region. Through its bilingual Arabic and English websites, publishes and reports on a wide range of topics such as history, politics, economic and social affairs. In-depth e-reports and factual information on special subjects like Water Management and Energy Sources will become available as the Fanack website is developing. and its associated thematic websites have more than 4,000 webpages and 50,000 visitors per month, a figure which is constantly growing.



  • Robert Serry
    Former United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and the former UN Secretary-General’s Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority
  • Marcel Kurpershoek
    Former Dutch Special Envoy to Syria, Senior Humanities Research Fellow at New York University in Abu Dhabi
  • Prof. Joris Voorhoeve
    Professor International Relations at Leiden University and former Minister of Defence in The Netherlands
  • Paul Brill
    Editorial writer and columnist on foreign affairs at the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant

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