International and Regional Involvement in the Middle East (IRIME)

 

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The Theme and Goals

In a region of changing stability, the Middle East countries have experienced a decade of abundant intervening forces. Global powers and aspirants for regional hegemony are shaping and re-shaping axes, networks and influences. The goal of this project is to map these changing networks in the post-Arab Spring Middle East, and to analyze the motives and influence of the involved powers. The normalization agreements between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel are a regional game-changer that raises many questions on their ramifications. One of the main points for discussion is the impact of the Abraham Accords on the wider region. We seek to propose a novel point of view on the foreign policy interests of various powerful actors engaged in the Middle East and to discuss their motivations that in the aftermath of the agreements. These actors include the US, China, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

The Workshop’s Plan

The workshop which will be held between 2021 and 2022 and will include 6 sessions, one every 2 months. Each session will be dedicated to a main topic.

The workshop sessions will be held in an online format via Zoom under Chatham House Rule. The workshop is designed as a closed virtual roundtable with presentations and open discussion between the invited discussants.

The workshop will culminate in an edited volume and an international conference.   

The third session, titled: “The Abraham Accords: A Buffer Against Turkish and Iranian Influence?”, will take place on January 19th 2022 at 9:00 AM EDT. The session will be held in an online format via Zoom under Chatham House Rule, and is designed as a closed roundtable with presentations by designated speakers and open discussion between the invited discussants. Confirmed speakers include: Ali Alfoneh, Senior Fellow, AGSIW, and Gallia Lindenstrauss, Senior Research Fellow, INSS, Israel.

 

The Workshop Description

The first IRIME workshop summery

Participants’ Bios

A list of articles about global and regional involvement in middle east affairs

A list of reviews about global and regional involvement in middle east affairs

 

Project’s Leaders and Important links

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Amb. Douglas Silliman is president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He previously served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2016-19 and U.S. ambassador to Kuwait from 2014-16. From 2013-14, he served as a senior advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the U.S. Department of State, working on Iraq issues and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Silliman was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq from 2012-13, minister counselor for political affairs in Baghdad from 2011-12, and deputy chief of mission in Ankara, Turkey from 2008-11. He joined the Department of State in 1984.

 

 

 

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Prof. Benjamin Miller is Professor of International Relations at the School of Political Sciences, and the Director of the National Security Center, The University of Haifa. Miller is the recipient of the Provost Prize for a Distinguished Senior Researcher for 2020. Miller received a Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley and has held Research Fellowships at Harvard University, MIT, Princeton University (Center for International Studies), McGill University and at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). He has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Duke University, the University of Colorado, Boulder, Princeton University and Dartmouth College. He also served for many years as the President of the Israeli Association for International Studies (IAIS). Miller’s most recent book focuses on explaining changes in US grand strategy, entitled Grand Strategy from Truman to Trump.

 

 

thumbnail Dr. Moran Zaga

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Dr. Moran Zaga is a researcher at the University of Haifa and a policy fellow at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. Moran's main research focus is on borders in the Middle East. Her first study was the United Arab Emirates, focusing on the evolution of its tribal boundaries to modern borders. Moran is also involved in policy analysis and discussions on contemporary geopolitics of the Arab Gulf. Moran was recently appointed to lead the newly-founded unit of research collaborations between the University of Haifa and Gulf research institutions. She is also a lecturer, a commentator in media, and an advisor to Israeli governmental institutions. 

 

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