On Wednesday, 18 October 2023, the Geostrategy Nest of the College of Europe in Natolin hosted a discussion on "The Hamas-Israel Conflict: Implications within the Broader Landscape of Global Power Dynamics" with Dr Andrew A. MICHTA and Mr Kim HOLMES.
Both experts looked into the far-reaching implications of the Hamas-Israel conflict within the context of global power dynamics. The discussion, featuring prominent speakers, explored various aspects of the conflict and its potential impact on the world stage.
Dr MICHTA, the Nest Mentor, and Mr HOLMES, a former Assistant Secretary of the State of the USA, kicked off the discussion by addressing Israel's robust response to rocket attacks from Hamas and considered how this event could influence global affairs. With the United States managing multiple international priorities, including the situation in Ukraine and the Pacific, the speakers examined the interconnectedness of these events and whether major countries like Russia, China, and Iran may be playing a hidden role in shaping the conflict.
One of the key points of discussion was the challenges Israel faced despite its advanced defense systems. The sheer volume of rockets they had to contend with raised important questions about the nature of future wars and how nations should prepare. This prompted consideration of whether a shift in the approach to military production is needed, especially in an era where many nations, including the United States, have reduced such endeavors. The dialogue emphasized the importance of preparedness for potential threats and the ongoing effort to ensure nations' security and prosperity.
The conversation touched upon the intricate balance between security and freedom, particularly in these turbulent times. The panelists explored how nations can navigate the complex decisions required to uphold both security and freedom while facing the multifaceted challenges of the modern world.