The New Middle East

Uzi Rabi, Moshe Dayan Center, and Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel Aviv University

2011 was a dramatic year in the Middle East. If the beginning of the Arab Spring was characterized by widespread protest and later the upheaval of three entrenched regimes, Professor Uzi Rabi argues that we are entering a new stage of transformation he calls the “geostrategic” revolution. Arab states, including the monarchies, are getting weaker and non-Arab powers are exerting increasing influence over the region. As power politics continue to shift, policy options of the past are yielding few solutions for some of the most pressing challenges of this year which include prospects of an Israeli strike against Iran; looming civil war in Syria; and Egypt’s shaky political transition. Join Professor Rabi to discuss his thoughts on the changing face of Middle East, what developments and actors to closely follow, and how we should view this next period for the region.

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Pre-Reads

Blanchard et al, “Change in the Middle East: Implications for U.S. Policy (PDF),” Congressional Research Service, 3/27/2012

Mohammed Ayoob, “Assessing the Arab Spring in its Second Year,” Foreign Policy, 4/6/2012

One Year On,” The Economist, 11/17/2011

Thomas L. Friedman, “The Other Arab Spring,” The New York Times, 4/7/2012