The Middle East Studies Forum (MESF) at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADICG), in partnership with the Middle East Institute (National University of Singapore) and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (ANU) are pleased to issue this Call for Papers for the forthcoming symposium 'Making Sense of Geo-Politics in the Middle East'.
The rise of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, which claims to revive the historic Islamic Caliphate, has brought to the fore intense state rivalries. This is most notable between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which appear to be locked in a number of theatres of conflict from Syria to Yemen. But other enmities have also intensified as a result of growing tensions and states' self-perception of their regional weight. These include frictions between Qatar and Egypt, Iran and Turkey, and Egypt and Turkey. Compounding each of these is the emergence of the self-declared Islamic State and the prospects of a future Kurdish state.
This symposium brings together a number of informed scholars concerned with the lacuna in knowledge that this situation has created in order to hold a robust exchange of ideas on the following key questions:
- Do recent events suggest a reassertion of state-centric politics over ideological considerations?
- Are we witnessing the demise of ideology as a normative tool for change?
- To what extent can the reassertion of geo-politics in the Middle East be seen as a vindication of the neo-realist paradigm in International Relations?
- What is the trajectory of future developments in the region?
- As well as any other questions related to geo-politics in the Middle East
The symposium was held at
Burwood Corporate Centre
Level 2, Building BC
221 Burwood Hwy Burwood
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