The Sticky Webs of Conflict and Political Order in the Middle East

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Posted May 29, 2021 | The Defense Horizon Journal – Erwin van Veen

The Middle East tends to be analysed through geopolitical lenses due to its resource abundance, conflict incidence and location astride Europe, Africa and Asia. In this article – first published in The Defense Horizon JournalErwin van Veen argues that the analysis of conflict in the Middle East must be complemented by a more profound examination of the nature of its political orders and socio-economic trends. He suggests that this would avoid more conflicts, as the region’s authoritarian orders face economic turbulence, accelerating poverty, and inequality rates due to COVID-19. He discusses key issues in each dimension, explores their linkages and suggests initial conclusions.


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