The polarizations in the New Middle East

Prof. Dr. Tarık OĞUZLU
14 August 2014
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The ongoing war in Gaza and the threat poised the by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (now the Islamic State) reveals that the dynamics of interstate relations in the Middle East are fast changing. The traditional interstate relations that came into being during the Cold and post-Cold war eras no longer hold true. Old groupings are increasingly being replaced by new power alignments, some of which encompass countries that no one would have imagined to act in unison. The permissive reason for this tumultuous change lies first and foremost in the growing determination of the United States to no longer play the role of leading security provider in the new Middle East. Such a stance on the part of the Obama administration reflects the growing sentiment of U.S. public opinion, in that the United States has more urgent things to do at home along with the emerging challenges in U.S.-Russia relations on the one hand and the evolving security dynamics in East Asia, which require more concentration and resources on the other.    


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