January 16, 2013

The New Cold War in the Middle East

Mohammed Ayoob, The National Interest

AP Photo

Because of its strategic location between the two twentieth-century centers of Arab power, Egypt and Iraq, Syria has been for many decades a bellwether of Arab politics, viewed widely in the region as the heartland of Arab nationalism. The fact that the first major pan-Arab nationalist party, the Baath, was established in Syria and the leading roleplayed by Syrian (including Lebanese) intellectuals and activists in making pan-Arab ideology popular contributed greatly to this perception.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Syria, Middle East

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 9, 2013
Russia Struggles for Relevance in Mideast
Ariel Solomon, Jerusalem Post
Moscow has sought to balance its position by demonstrating support for Palestinians, other Arab interests. more ››
January 9, 2013
In Syria, War Is the New Normal
Rajan Menon, Los Angeles Times
After 22 months of civil war, in which an estimated 60,000 people have died, Syrian President Bashar Assad gave a defiant speech Sunday that ruled out negotiations with rebel fighters and made clear that he intends to remain in... more ››
January 15, 2013
Syria Looking a Lot Like Lebanese Civil War
Gwynne Dyer, NZ Herald
The most frustrating part of covering the Lebanese civil war (1975-90) was that after a while there was nothing left to say. Syria is starting to feel just the same. more ››
January 8, 2013
Islamists on the Rise in Syria
Quilliam Foundation
The civil war in Syria shows no signs of abating after 22 months and in fact seems likely to continue with equal intensity between the rebel groups after the anticipated fall of Bashar Al-Assad’s dictatorial regime. With the... more ››
January 11, 2013
Jordan's Syria Problem
Nicolas Pelham, New York Review of Books
Jordanian officials like to distinguish between rebel forces in Syria comprised of tribal fighters and army defectors in the south, who they claim have been carefully vetted with western backing, and more radical fighters backed... more ››