In this conversation with Bassam Haddad, Mouin Rabbani addresses the various efforts and prospects at the United Nations in relation to the war in Syria, and provides a brief historical trajectory of diplomacy in that regard. The interview was conducted on 16 October 2016.
Mouin Rabbani is a researcher and analyst specialising in the contemporary Middle East and Co-Editor of Jadaliyya. He has previously served as Principal Political Affairs Officer with the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Head of Middle East with Crisis Management Initiative/Martti Ahtisaari Centre, Senior Middle East Analyst and Special Advisor on Israel-Palestine with the International Crisis Group, and Project Director with the Association of Netherlands Municipalities. He is Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies, Contributing Editor of Middle East Report, Associate Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka - The Palestinian Policy Network. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Rabbani has published, presented and commented widely on Middle East issues, including for most major global media.