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CMES in Almedalen 2023

En bild av Lunds universitetshus bakom en skyline av Visby
LU i Almedalen

CMES will participate in Almedalen with two topical panels on Israeli democracy and climate change in the Middle East. Welcome to join us on 29 June!

The End of Liberal Democracy in Israel?

29 June 2023, 10:00 to 10:45, Hästgatan 13, Visby

Please note that this seminar will be held in Swedish.

Israel is facing its worst internal political crisis in decades after its newly installed far-right government seeks to take total political control of the judiciary. What long-term political consequences could this have in Israel?

Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are out protesting in the streets against what is described as a "legal revolution" and increasing authoritarian rule. This panel will discuss what possible consequences this will have politically in Israel and in the region, but above all for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is currently in a violent conflict escalation.


Read more about the event in Almedalen's official program.

Climate Challenges in the Middle East

29 June 2023 12:00 to 12:45, Hästgatan 13, Visby

The ongoing climate change has an enormous impact on socio-political and economic conditions in the Middle East. The region is one of the most vulnerable and global warming is twice as fast in this region as in the rest of the world. What challenges does the region face as a result of climate change?

The water situation in most countries is extremely strained and several of these will not be able to supply their population with food to the same extent as previously. This means an increased risk of migration waves, especially in connection with potential conflict hotspots. This panel will discuss the challenges and likely risk factors that the region is facing as a result of climate change.


  • Lina Eklund, researcher, CMES and Dept. of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
  • Pinar Dinc, researcher, CMES and Dept. of Political Science, Lund University
  • Sara Brogaard, researcher, CMES and LU Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University
  • Stefan Döring, researcher, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
  • Karin Aggestam (chair), Director of CMES, Lund University

Read more about the event in Almedalen's official program.

The seminars are organized by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) at Lund University within the strategic research area The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW).