The 14th Al-Jazeera Forum stressed the danger of the Russian-Ukrainian war on world security, stressing the importance of reaching a peaceful solution to that war.
The participants in the forum concluded that this war will not radically change the nature of the international system, but it may reshape it relatively to become more pluralistic.
The forum sessions made it clear that it is in the interest of the Gulf states – in particular – to end that war and restore security and peace to the world, despite what may appear to be beneficial to it as a result of high energy prices, because in the long run the war will lead to global destabilization and increase polarization. Among its influential forces, which will reflect negatively on the Gulf countries later.
Al Jazeera Media Network organized the forum on the 11th and 12th of March under the title "The Middle East in the Context of Russia’s War on Ukraine: Growing Crises and Challenges Ahead"With the participation of a group of researchers, politicians and experts
The forum discussed, through 6 sessions, the direct and indirect repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war, whether on its two main parties, or on others who were positively or negatively affected by it. Within this context, the participants presented their readings of the map of the distribution of powers in the world a year after that war.
In his speech during the opening of the forum, His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Jazeera Media Network, expressed the importance of the topic to be discussed by the forum, especially after the repercussions of the Russian-Ukrainian war affected neighboring countries and led to an increase in food prices, the influx of refugees, The intensification of the energy crisis, casting a heavy shadow over international relations.
In this context, he referred to the opportunities created by that war for energy-exporting countries, and the challenges it created for energy- and food-importing countries at the same time.
The forum discussed the nature of media coverage and the challenges facing field correspondents, for example: the security challenge that threatens the life of the reporter in those dangerous areas, and the professional challenge that may push the parties to the conflict to consider what the journalist presents as propaganda against them.
The forum also discussed the nature of Al-Jazeera Media Network’s coverage of the Russian war on Ukraine, and concluded that this coverage was characterized by balance, objectivity, professionalism and impartiality, while it was also characterized by courage, initiative and access to the front lines of fire to present an image to the viewer closer to reality.