LSE Middle East Centre and Kuwait Programme Public Event
The New Middle East Cold War
On Thursday 1 May, Professor Gregory Gause will explore the contest for influence which is being played out in post-Arab Spring Middle East in states where governance is weak, collapsing or collapsed. Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Israel and other states seek to 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 Islamist and secular forces complicate the already difficult task of reconstructing state authority, inviting influence and foreign intervention across the region.