Grand Strategy: Mapping the Contemporary Middle East
This conference will map the historic and conceptual underpinnings of Grand Strategy as it has developed across the contemporary Middle East, drawing on the disciplines of diplomatic history, international relations, foreign policy decision-making, political economy and area studies.
The aim is to gain an understanding of how the concept and constructs of Grand Strategy have shifted and changed from the Cold War to the present in a regional system where (in)security has often been defined as much by the ideational as much as the physical challenge to state sovereignty. The conference explores the role that Grand Strategy has played in the shaping of the region and why, as a concept, it still has traction in explaining the shifting alliances and dispensation of power across the region. It also investigates the likely benefits to be had, both intellectually as well as across the public domain, in funding such a project. While the idea of Grand Strategy is not new, an in-depth interdisciplinary enquiry of its application to the contemporary Middle East most certainly is.
Day 1: Grand Strategy in the Middle East: History and Context
Panel One: Grand Strategy and the Great Powers: The Historical Legacy
Panel Two: Grand Strategy from the Ground Up: Regional Actors in Historical Context
Day 2: Grand Strategy and the Middle East: The Contemporary Debates
Panel Three: Grand Strategy and the Middle East: The New International Players
Panel Four: Grand Strategy: The Regional Actors and Global Challenges
Conference attendance is free, but registration is necessary.
Contact L.A.Tauber@Durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.