Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East

CIRS Summary Report No. 11

40 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2016

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Mehran Kamrava

CIRS, Georgetown University-Qatar

Charles Schmitz

Towson University

Sarah Phillips

The University of Sydney

Daniel E. Esser

American University - School of International Service

Frederic Wehrey

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Shoghig Mikaelian

Concordia University, Quebec, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Political Sciences, Students

Bassel F. Salloukh

Lebanese American University

Rogaia Abusharaf

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Alex De Waal

Tufts University

Zahra Babar

Georgetown University

Dwaa Osman

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Center for International and Regional Studies

Glenn E. Robinson

Government of the United States of America - Naval Postgraduate School

Laurie Brand

University of Southern California

Mark McGillivray

Deakin University

Simon Feeny

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

Ashton de Silva

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This CIRS research initiative on weak states in the Middle East begins with a critical analysis of current definitions and terminology of weak and fragile states, scrutinizing the political implications of the prevailing discourse within the setting of the broader Middle East. The research also examines the domestic, regional, and global causes and consequences for the Middle East of the “fragility” of states stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east to Libya in the west. Employing multidisciplinary perspectives, the Center for International and Regional Studies examines the causes and implications of conceptual notions of state fragility across the region in relation to areas such as politics and security, economics and natural resources, intra- and inter-state relations, migration and population movements, and the broader regional and global political economies.

Keywords: Weak States, Politics, Middle East, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Geopolitics, Hizbullah, Sudan, Pakistan, Palestine, North Africa

Suggested Citation

Kamrava, Mehran and Schmitz, Charles and Phillips, Sarah and Esser, Daniel E. and Wehrey, Frederic and Mikaelian, Shoghig and Salloukh, Bassel F. and Abusharaf, Rogaia and De Waal, Alex and Babar, Zahra and Osman, Dwaa and Robinson, Glenn E. and Brand, Laurie and McGillivray, Mark and Feeny, Simon and de Silva, Ashton, Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East (2014). CIRS Summary Report No. 11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2840398 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2840398

Mehran Kamrava (Contact Author)

CIRS, Georgetown University-Qatar ( email )

Doha, DC 20057
Qatar

HOME PAGE: http://cirs.georgetown.edu

Charles Schmitz

Towson University ( email )

8000 York Road, ST 100A
Towson, MD 21204
United States

Sarah Phillips

The University of Sydney ( email )

University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Daniel E. Esser

American University - School of International Service ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States
+1 (202) 885-1892 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://danielesser.org

Frederic Wehrey

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace ( email )

1779 Massachuesetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States

Shoghig Mikaelian

Concordia University, Quebec, Faculty of Arts and Science, Department of Political Sciences, Students ( email )

Montreal, Quebec
Canada

Bassel F. Salloukh

Lebanese American University ( email )

P.O.Box 36
Chouran-Beirut 1102 2801
Byblos
Lebanon

Rogaia Abusharaf

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar ( email )

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha
Qatar

Alex De Waal

Tufts University ( email )

Medford, MA 02155
United States

Zahra Babar

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Dwaa Osman

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar - Center for International and Regional Studies

Education City
Al Huqoul St
Doha, 23689
Qatar

Glenn E. Robinson

Government of the United States of America - Naval Postgraduate School ( email )

1 University Circle
Monterey, CA 93943-5001
United States

Laurie Brand

University of Southern California ( email )

2250 Alcazar Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Mark McGillivray

Deakin University

75 Pigdons Road
Victoria, Victoria 3216
Australia

Simon Feeny

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing ( email )

Business
Level 12, 239 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia
+(61 3) 9925 5901 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rmit.org.au/browse;ID=vizkot5w8t4kz

Ashton De Silva

RMIT University - School of Economics, Finance and Marketing ( email )

124 La Trobe Street
Level 11, Building 80 RMIT University
Melbourne, 3000
Australia
+61399251313 (Phone)
+61399255986 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/d/de-silva-dr-ashton

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