The lecture will look at the main state alliances currently competing for ascendancy in the Middle East. A point of reference is the emergence of fragmented or partially governed spaces in the region as central sites for this competition – particularly in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. It will also examine the impact that the Russian ‘return’ to the region is having on strategic affairs in the Middle East, and ask whether the US is indeed withdrawing from the region.
About the speaker:
Jonathan Spyer is a British Israeli analyst, writer, and journalist of Middle East affairs. He has spent time in each of Iraq and Syria. He is a fellow at the Middle East Forum, a freelance security analyst, a correspondent for IHS Jane’s, and a columnist for the Jerusalem Post.
Originally from Britain, Dr. Spyer immigrated to Israel in 1991. By then he had earned a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Master’s degree in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.