The Palestinian Question and the Global (Dis)Order
Madrid, Spain | 20 January 2024
The Gaza invasion, like the Palestinian question, is a global event. It is part and parcel of political, normative, and geopolitical struggles that define contemporary global politics and (dis)order. The future of this question is intimately interlinked with the future shape of the global (dis)order. Indeed, at a time of great power competition and heated discussions over the nature and future of the global (dis)order, the global aspect of the Palestinian question is set to become further pronounced. This is why discussions on this subject cannot be solely confined to national or regional levels. Instead, these discussions have to be global in their content and scope.
Setting aside a few exceptions, the official Western policy on the Palestinian question and the Gaza invasion has been one of double standards and unreserved support for Israel. This is why the audience of this question and the unfolding invasion of Gaza is now, first and foremost, the Global South as well as Western civil society. This round-table focuses on the global significance and implications of the Palestinian question and the link between this question and the global (dis)order. Not least, the debates adress the narrative of and policy responses towards the Palestinian question in the Global South. Finally, this workshop aims to be prescriptive rather than merely descriptive.
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As indicated at the outset, the Palestinian question is a global phenomenon. Its future is intimately intertwined with the future of the global (dis)order. The Gaza invasion has glaringly put on display the divide between the West and Global South. This session aims to contribute to the development of a narrative and policy toolbox of the Global South on the issue and to explore what opportunities and challenges the great power competition present for the Palestinian issue. To that effect, it aspires to address the following questions: How does the conflict reverberate globally? How does this conflict affect the question of global (dis)order? What should the conflict’s narrative and the Palestinian issue in the Global South be? Or how should the Palestinian issue be framed?
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