July 25, 2024

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American Library in Paris: The Middle East Crisis – Journalists Look at What’s Ahead

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Oct. 7 has marked a paradigm shift in the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine. After the start of these unprecedented events, journalists have been on the ground reporting, attempting to capture the realities, complexities, and human toll of this ongoing crisis. What has been the role of news organizations, social media, and the spread of information during the conflict? And what lies ahead for the Middle East?

Four long-time watchers of the region discuss how we reached this point of crisis, and how peace can ever be achieved.

This event is presented in partnership with the Overseas Press Club.

About the speakers:

Vivienne Walt is a Paris correspondent for TIME and FORTUNE. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, BusinessWeek, and more. She is a governor of the Overseas Press Club of America.

Dalia Hatuqa is a multimedia journalist specializing in Israeli/Palestinian affairs, and regional Middle East issues as they pertain to business and economics, culture, art and U.S. foreign policy. She also writes about religion, minorities and immigration in the U.S. She is based in Ramallah, West Bank. Learn more about her work at www.daliahatuqa.com.

Pierre Haski is a France Inter correspondent and commentator, former deputy editor of Libération, and a long-time journalist covering Israel and the region. He appears daily on Radio France on the emission Géopolitique where he speaks on international geopolitics.

Peter van Agtmael is a photographer and member of Magnum Photos. He has published three books including, most recently, Sorry for the War, which covers the vast dissonance between the United States at war. He is recently back from the Middle East, having been on assignment for The New Yorker.

Myriam Benraad is a political scientist, specialized in the Middle East, and Professor of International Relations at Schiller International University in Paris, where she also heads the Department for International Relations and Diplomacy. Interested in the role of revenge in contemporary conflicts, she is the author, among recent publications on this subject, of L’État islamique est-il défait ? (CNRS Éditions, 2023); Terrorisme et Vengeance, Esprit (September 2023); and Terrorisme: les Affres de la Vengeance. Aux sources liminaires de la violence (Le Cavalier Bleu, 2021).

Learn more:

The last time a team of journalists convened at the American Library with the Overseas Press Club, it was to discuss the mass protests across France following the fatal police shooting of Nahel M., a 17-year-old boy from Nanterre. Rewatch the conversation.

Important information: The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (the speakers will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to pose questions.

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(Hybrid) The Middle East Crisis: Journalists look at what’s ahead