Much has changed in the Middle East since the eruption of the Syrian Conflict. A late bloomer to the Arab Spring, Syria has gone beyond the narrative of dictator vs. the people and become a major proxy war with the potential to consume the entire region. In the past two years, age old strategic alliances have collapsed while strange and questionable partnerships have been formed. One of the more interesting breakdowns involves the relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, most recently evident by Turkey exploring the option of reducing oil imports from Iran.
Posts Tagged ‘Regional hegemony’
Tags: Civil War, Erdogan, Periphery doctrine, Regional hegemony, Regionalism, Syria
Tags: Asia, China, India, Politics, Regional hegemony
by Shanthal Perera
When murmurs about the fall of the United States began a decade ago, there was a consensus that China and India would be two states capable of filling the void. Today, both states have fortified their “regional superpower” status and are slowly growing their influence outside Asia. Still, their close proximity, competing national interests and history of disputes (from borders to Asian politics) continue to cause these colossi to bump heads.
Tags: Arab League, Iran, Israel, National Interest, Politics, Realism, Regional hegemony, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey
The battle for Syria is raging on the streets of Homs. Last week, it was fought in the halls of the United Nations, where international consensus was outmanoeuvred by Russian and Chinese vetoes. Since then, there has been much discussion regarding the interests of these key players and how they factor into the future of Syria. The situation was perfectly captured by Al Jazeera guest Sergei Strokan; Syria’s future has become a “hostage to geopolitical gain.” Discounting International players like Russia and the United States, the Syrian conundrum remains a complex regional game of chess.