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Wednesday June 28, 2023 at 07:10

International experts in geopolitics discuss security at the URJC

International experts in geopolitics discuss security at the URJC International experts in geopolitics discuss security at the URJC

High-ranking soldiers, diplomats and politicians from different countries are taking part this week in the summer course 'Conflicts and strategic rivalries in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Africa, in the new security dynamics'.

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The world order is increasingly unstable and polarized, with constantly competing political agendas that put democracy and human rights in many countries at risk. In order to analyze these issues, the university has brought together more than thirty top-level speakers who will exchange knowledge and experience to help train future security experts.

"We are at the beginning of a new era that threatens to undermine more than seventy years of progress and relative peace," recalled Pilar Trinidad, professor of International Law and General Secretary of the Rey Juan Carlos University, during the presentation of the course. Next to her was Julián García Vargas, president of the FEINDEF Foundation and former Defense Minister, who considers that there are conflicts that are not given enough attention, such as the wars in Africa: "They derive from ethnic and tribal differences that they are not very understandable to us, with the consequent loss of life at sea that we witness with little empathy in Europe”.

The director of the course, Tarek Khedr, has reviewed some of the issues that will be addressed during the presentations, among others the role played by the media in propaganda wars, the new role of Russia on the international stage or the future of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The first day was attended by, among other speakers, Husni Abdel Wahed, Chief Ambassador of the Diplomatic Mission of Palestine, Malek Eid Otalla Twal, Ambassador of the Arab League, and Patrik M. Bell, Emerging Technology expert and former adviser to the Department of Defense of the United States.

The course is face-to-face, is recognized with an ECTS credit and is taught from June 26 to 29 at the university's Aranjuez campus.