Middle Eastern Security, the US Pivot and the Rise of ISIS
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To mark the tenth anniversary of The IISS Manama Dialogue process and to capitalise on the new light it has shed on security issues in the Gulf and the wider Middle East, this Adelphi brings together the results of two workshops held by the IISS in its Middle East office in Manama. Featuring essays by nine IISS analysts and a number of outside experts, the book examines the most important geostrategic issues in the region, including the myriad security challenges it faces. These interlinked papers focus in particular on the regional ramifications of the civil war in Syria and the effects of the United States changing posture in the Middle East.
The aim of the Adelphi is to both highlight and develop the ongoing discussions and debates about Gulf security that have taken place in the Manama Dialogue over the previous decade, and that will continue to do so over the next ten years. As such, it capitalises on the IISS’s global reputation not only as the world leader in convening para-diplomatic events, but also as a provider of the best possible objective information and analysis on global military and political developments.
Table of Contents
Contributors -- Introduction -- Adam Ward -- /War in Syria and Iraq -- Chapter One The Crisis of the Iraqi State -- /Toby Dodge and Becca Wasser -- Chapter Two Iran, the Gulf States and the Syrian Civil War -- /Emile Hokayem -- Chapter Three Assessing Syria's Jihad -- /Charles Lister -- Chapter Four Turkey's Syria Predicament -- /Henri J. Barkey -- Chapter Five Jordan: Caught in the Middle Again -- /Ben Fishman -- Regional powers -- Chapter Six The Gulf States in an Era of American Retrenchment -- /Emile Hokayem and Becca Wasser -- Chapter Seven Obama and the Middle East: The Politics, Strategies and Difficulties of American Restraint -- /Dana H. Allin -- Chapter Eight Is Russia an Outside Power in the Gulf? -- /Samuel Charap -- Chapter Nine China and the Middle East -- Alexander Neill -- Chapter Ten India: Gulf Security Partner in Waiting? -- /Rahul Roy-Chaudhury -- Chapter Eleven Securing Middle East Oil -- /Pierre Noel.
Toby Dodge is Consulting Senior Fellow for the Middle East at IISS.
Emile Hokayem is Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at IISS.