Rocky Harbors: Taking Stock of the Middle East in 2015
In this edited volume by the CSIS Middle East Program, chapters analyze the region's political, strategic, and economic realities in 2015, looking at both old and new challenges, how political actors are evolving, and how policymakers can think strategically about the region.
Jon B. Alterman
Stephen D. Biddle
Chapter 1: Seeking Harbors in the Storm
Jon B. Alterman provides a strategic overview of where the region is coming from, where it is today, and how it might change in the years ahead.
Chapter 2: The Future of Arab State Power
Roger Owen looks back into history and forward from the present to assess the future of Arab state power.
Chapter 3: The Great Powers in the New Middle East
John McLaughlin looks at how the roles of the world's great powers are evolving in the Middle East.
Chapter 4: The Recurring Rise and Fall of Political Islam
Paul Salem chronicles and analyzes the shifting fortunes of political Islam in the region.
Chapter 5: Assessing the Islamic State Threat
Stephen D. Biddle assesses the perceived and actual threats that the Islamic State group (ISG) poses to U.S. and other Western interests.
Chapter 6: Iran Inside and Out
Farideh Farhi presents and analyzes developments in Iran's domestic political institutions and how they affect its foreign policy and role in the region.
Chapter 7: Maghreb Rising: Competition and Realignment
Haim Malka analyzes the future of politics and security in the Maghreb.
Chapter 8: Egypt in the Region
Carolyn Barnett analyzes how Egypt's role as an actor in regional politics is evolving.
Chapter 9: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Ghaith al-Omari analyzes the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace process.