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BORDERLANDS Lecture: Why is the Middle East so War Prone?

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  • Fri 08 Apr 2016 14.00 - 16.00
  Add to Calendar 2016-04-08 14:00 2016-04-08 16:00 Europe/Paris BORDERLANDS Lecture: Why is the Middle East so War Prone?

The lecture explores explanations for war at Waltz’s three levels of analysis: state, state system and leadership, and matches them with empirical evidence from a data set of 19 MENA wars.

The analysis finds that while revisionism at state level most immediately drives wars, it has little connection to regime type; that war results in good part from the construction of a regional system marked by a “Hobbesian” form of anarchy, with pervasive irredentism and several “offensive realist” states. These propensities are exacerbated or diluted by the regional imbalance (or balance) of power and the character of state leadership at a given time; finally, the periodic intervention of global powers in struggles over the region’s oil resources also accounts for several wars.

Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca

The lecture explores explanations for war at Waltz’s three levels of analysis: state, state system and leadership, and matches them with empirical evidence from a data set of 19 MENA wars.

The analysis finds that while revisionism at state level most immediately drives wars, it has little connection to regime type; that war results in good part from the construction of a regional system marked by a “Hobbesian” form of anarchy, with pervasive irredentism and several “offensive realist” states. These propensities are exacerbated or diluted by the regional imbalance (or balance) of power and the character of state leadership at a given time; finally, the periodic intervention of global powers in struggles over the region’s oil resources also accounts for several wars.


Location:
Seminar Room, Villa Malafrasca

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Raffaella Del Sarto (EUI - RSCAS)

Contact:
Mia Saugman - Send a mail

Speaker:
Prof. Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St. Andrews)

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