Available as a Google eBook for other eReaders and tablet devices. Summary Berch Berberoglu examines the dynamic social forces and political turmoil that plague the contemporary Middle East. Turmoil in the Middle East highlights the impact of imperialism, war, and political turmoil in the Middle East throughout the course of the twentieth-century--from the devastation of the First World War through the many crises and conflicts that have led to cycles of war, uprisings, coups, revolts, and revolutions.
As a result, in media, academic and diplomatic circles, addressing Palestinian grievances was elevated to the status of the most urgent political and humanitarian cause in the Middle East. At the United Nations, Muslim and European blocs apply a harsh and unfair double standard to the actions and policies of the Jewish state.
This lopsided record in is typical for the HRC. Yet, for many observers, events of the past six years have not altered their priorities. Secretary of State John Kerry was determined to make restarting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process the signature achievement of his Middle East policy.
In Decemberafter three years of fruitless effort, a frustrated Kerry and President Barack Obama, helped shepherd the United Nations Security Council into passing a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal in what many saw as a parting shot at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Wildly distorted perceptions of the magnitude of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict prevail even among those who should know better, like foreign policy officials of the EU and its constituent states. Quantitative estimates of the human toll of other conflicts demonstrate that contrary to commonly held perceptions the Israeli-Palestinian conflict contributes minimally to violence afflicting the region.
This fact suggests that the proclivity toward violence and destabilization associated with Palestinian groups is not limited to its grievances with Israel.
The charts and associated tables below illustrate two important facts about the conflict: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is dwarfed by other conflicts in the region; and 2. Groups identified with the Palestinian national movement have destabilized societies wherever they have established a significant presence.
Map 1 graphically shows the numerous wars and upheavals, with estimated lives lost in the region stretching across North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, that encompasses Arab and other Islamic states. These wars reflect common features of sectarian animosity and dysfunctional political regimes that deny their own citizens basic human rights.
It is important to note that the comparatively limited toll of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite its long duration is not due to Palestinian forbearance; Palestinian political discourse is replete with incitement and inducements to committing acts of indiscriminate violence against Jews and calls to extirpate the Jewish state.
Rather, it is due to the restraint shown by Israel in how it uses its resounding military superiority. The map and diagram include the endemic violence of tribal-dominated states like Yemen, Sudan and Somalia that only attract world attention when these conflicts precipitate catastrophes, like widespread famine; similarly shown are the tyrannical minority-dominated regimes in Iraq and Syria which attracted limited attention until their repressive behavior precipitated sectarian wars that descended into orgies of indiscriminate violence and spawned millions of refugees.
Lebanon in the s provides the most striking example.
Among the Palestinian factions within the PLO itself there is sharp discord marked by violent purges and assas sinations. As Map 3 shows, the various factions have received considerable support throughout the region.
Such contextual and quantitative information is crucial to impart to a public and especially to students, who have not been provided a thorough and unbiased history of the region.Turmoil in the Middle East is innovative because it so successfully guides the discussion away from the 'great man' and 'evil empire' view of history and politics.
It offers a powerful sociological analysis that keeps us focused on the social forces that underpin historical events.". The Institute invited leading experts from the U.S. and across the Middle East to identify key vectors of influence Syria’s neighbors are bringing to bear on the conflict; to forecast how the on-going conflict in Syria will affect the delicate and volatile regional balance of power; and to examine how the Syrian opposition and the Syria regime are factoring in regional and cross-border dynamics.
The [New-Old] Crises and Instability in the Middle East and North Africa in January 4, Much of the news reporting and analysis of the Middle East seems to lurch from one crisis to another on the basis of whatever crisis has the most visibility on a given day. Straw blames Britain’s past for Mid East troubles, New Statesman, November 18, , John Kampfner.
This link is to an interview with British Foreign Secratary, Jack Straw. In it, he blames Britain’s imperial past for contributing to Middle East troubles today. (The article requires registration. Check out the latest news coming from the Middle East. Wars and Military Conflicts Middle East Turmoil.
CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. It seems that in the Middle East everywhere one looks there is conflict and turmoil.
The Arab state system itself is under assault. Islamic State group challenges every Arab regime and rejects all.