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Podcast: "The New Middle East Cold War" with Gregory Gause

November 13, 2014

An audio recording from Prof. Gregory Gause, John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair in International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University.

On November 13, 2014, Professor Gause outlined an incisive new framework for understanding Middle East regional politics, casting regional power dynamics as a "New Cold War", in a talk moderated by Kennedy School Professor Tarek Masoud. This new conflict is being fought primarily in the domestic political arenas of internally weak states in the region. Professor Gause highlighted the negative effect of U.S. incursion into the region since 2003. He also explained the paradoxically low importance of military power and the bottom-up nature of intrastate conflicts, noting that while regional powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia may never meet in battle, they are invited and participate in domestic conflicts across the region. He also stressed the limited role of sectarianism in the system, asserting that balance of power calculations lay at the base of the numerous struggles throughout the region, while sectarianism is expolited only in situations where it proves salient.

The talk was based on a paper written for the Brookings Doha Center, titled "Beyond Sectarianism: The New Middle East Cold War" linked below.

Listen to the full recording of the November 13, 2014 event here:

Click here to view photos of the event on the Middle East Initiative Facebook page.

About F. Gregory Gause:

F. Gregory Gause, III is the John H. Lindsey ’44 Chair, Professor of International Affairs and Head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. He also is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Doha Center. He is the author of three books and numerous articles on the politics of the Middle East, with a particular focus on the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf.

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