Welcome to the Library Resource Guide for MIDDLE EAST DIPLOMACY
POLS 1820V_01 (Political Science)
Contemporary Middle Eastern affairs demand of us greater sensitivity and closer, deeper examination because as a distinctive geo-political and ethno-cultural region the Middle East not only suffers from an overloaded political agenda but is today arguably at the epicenter of international concern and diplomacy. Of profound significance for the global system are: Iran's rise as a regional nuclear revisionist power within the larger context of political Islam's reawakening; the politics of Middle East water and Persian Gulf oil; and renewed Russian assertiveness contrasted with waning U.S. influence. No less diplomatically challenging: Turkey's ambivalent strategic orientation between East and West; the unresolved Arab-Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Iraq's fragmentation, Lebanon's precarious unity and Egypt's looming leadership succession crisis; and arrested regional integration reflected in strong indicators of comparative economic stagnation.
Aharon Klieman (email)-- Name: Aaron Klieman Title: Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies Department: Judaic Studies, Program In Email: Aharon_Klieman@brown.edu Mailing Address: Box 1970, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912-1970 Telephone: (401) 863-9769