The Project on Middle East Political Science at George Washington University and Princeton University’s Bobst-AUB Collaborative Initiative will hold a workshop to be held at AUB in Beirut on October 30-31, 2018. To be discussed at the workshop is the structure of international relations at both the global and regional levels has undergone dramatic changes over the last decade. Declining U.S. power has eroded unipolarity, opening opportunities for external competitors such as Russia and China to expand their role in the Middle East. Traditional U.S. alliances have experienced significant turbulence, while other relationships have grown closer. The Gulf Cooperation Council has been ripped apart by the Saudi-UAE blockade of Qatar just as the U.S. had hoped to unite Arab allies to confront Iran. The grinding wars in Yemen and Syria have produced untold human misery, as international and regional powers fight for influence on the terrain of shattered states. Israel has made significant inroads in forging alliances with Arab states despite the absence of any progress towards resolution of the Palestinian issue. What are the connections between the changes at the international level and the new patterns of conflict and cooperation at the regional level? Should we understand these disruptions as primarily driven by the policy choices of the Trump administration or by deeper structural factors? Which alliances will thrive and which will not?
This event is by invitation only.