The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law presents "The New Middle East Cold War," a talk by Dr. Gregory Gause, University of Vermont.
The contest for influence in the post-Arab Spring Middle East is being played out in the domestic politics of states where governance is weak, collapsing or collapsed. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Israel and other states seek to gain influence and check each other by finding allies in the domestic political struggles of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Yemen and elsewhere. Meanwhile, ideological struggles in both Sunni and Shia Islam and between more Islamist and more secular forces complicate the already difficult task of reconstructing state authority, inviting foreign intervention and influence across the region.
F. Gregory Gause III is professor of political science at the University of Vermont and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. His research interests focus on the international politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf.
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