In the third decade of the twenty-first century, the Middle East is entering a new era. A multifaceted and intricate equilibrium will write the next chapter of this region. The new era we are entering is fraught with challenges and full of opportunities.
The new era is both defined by, and a result of, a combination of ancient and modern, domestic, regional, and international processes. Iran and Turkey each strive to position themselves as the regional superpower. In parallel, the people of the region struggle to overcome increasing domestic challenges. These developments, combined with an escalating struggle over path, identity, and direction, could result in a new model of statehood in the Arab world. While some countries take the turbulent path toward a possible new statehood model, others are fighting for their sovereignty and survival. All of this is occurring while Western hegemony in the Middle East is coming to an end and the Eastern giants are on the rise.
Acclaimed Middle East expert, an Israeli fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, Avi Melamed has a proven exceptional record of foreseeing the evolution of events in the Middle East and their impact on a local and regional level. In this book, Melamed takes you on a fascinating eye-opening journey through the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East in the third decade of the twenty first century. He challenges common Western concepts, narratives, and theories. And he provides predictions about some of the most central regional issues of the day.
Using primarily sources from the region, Avi Melamed provides a professional, rare insider’s view and clearly and insightfully contextualizes current regional events. Inside The Middle East: Entering a New Era provides the knowledge and tools to connect the dots. This distinct understanding allows the reader to build a multidimensional picture of the geopolitical reality of the Middle East today and provides an unparalleled foundation for navigating the events of tomorrow.
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About the Author
Avi is the founder of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives (ITME). ITME is a distinct empowering educational program that provides an apolitical non-partisan education about the contemporary Middle East and uses intelligence methodology to teach critical thinking and media literacy.
Avi has coauthored Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem and wrote Ubrusi: The Novel. His last book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth, is a GPS to help navigate the dramatically changing Middle East.
MAIA HOFFMAN earned her BA in Islamic and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and her MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. She graduated with honors from both institutions. Today, Maia is the Chief Operating Officer of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives (ITME). Maia’s distinct professional background affords her international access to create bespoke, impactful, interactive educational encounters and experiences in Israel and throughout the Middle East.
Table of Contents
A Few Didactic and Methodological Comments xxiii
Chapter 1 A New Era | And Ancient Rivalries Are Alive and Well 1
Chapter 2 Iran's Quest for Hegemony | Exporting the Islamic Revolution 7
Chapter 3 Turkeys Quest for Hegemony-The Blue Homeland and Reviving the Ottoman Empire | Recep Tayyip Erdogan and His Quest for Power 99
Chapter 4 Libya | A Strategic Arena to Be Watched Closely 151
Chapter 5 The Emergence of a New Model of Statehood in the Middle East? 169
Chapter 6 Fighting for Their Independence | Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq 217
Chapter 7 COVID-19 and a New Model of National Statehood in the Middle East 323
Chapter 8 Mihwar al-E'itidal - The Alliance of Moderation and the Abraham Accords 331
Chapter 9 The Changing Middle East | And Its Impact-on the Trajectory of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 377
Chapter 10 Constructively Addressing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 411
Chapter 11 Last Minute Update | The Taliban Reclaims Afghanistan 423
Chapter 12 The End of Western Hegemony in the Middle East 447
Chapter 13 The Biden Administration and the Middle East, November 2020 through August 2021 | A View from the Region 463
Chapter 14 China & India | The Eastern Giants 483
Chapter 15 2021 | The Middle East Is Entering a New Era 495
Closing Notes: The Responsibility of Whoever Has the Honor of Being an Educator 523