The role of emerging powers on the scene of international politics has been the focus of a lot of interest over the past years. One of the most important focal points of overlapping and competing interests of both established and emerging powers is the Middle East. This region is an arena where the new rules of the game are being developed and acted out. In the post Iraq-war era, the return of power-politics and the principle of “national interest” appear to strike back with a vengeance, while new alliances are forming in response to complex security challenges.
This publication attempts looking at the effects of the global shift of power on the Middle East bringing together Chinese, Indian, Russian, Western and Middle Eastern experts, to explore the perspectives of the region to become a partner in an emerging multi-polar system, rather than a stomping ground or even a battlefield for the interest and the prestige of others.
Table of contents:
9 Azmi Bishara After Georgia and George - A Return to the Cold War or a Completely New International Reality
33 Parag Khanna A New Geopolitics for a New Middle East
39 Hermann Schwengel After the Crisis is before the Crisis: The Three Great Shifts of the Global Order and the Middle East
45 Vitaly Naumkin Russia's Return in the Middle East
54 Ibrahim Saif and Yasmeen Tabbaa The Middle East is an Emerging Multi-Polar International Order: The Economic Perspective
64 Sven Behrendt Sovereign Wealth Funds from Emerging Economies: Drivers of Systematic Change
76 Mingjiang Li Soft Power: The Concept and the Chinese Approach
90 Praful Bidwai Delinking Real Security from False Notions of Prestige: Lessons for the Middle East from South Asia's Anti-Nuclear Weapons Movement
104 Ziad Abdal Samad and Kinda Mohamadieh Arab Civil Society and the Rise of New International Solidarity Movements
120 About the Authors