The Roots of Conflict in the Middle East
As part as the Arab Horizon series of reports published by Carnegie Endowement for International Peace, Perry Cammack and Michele Dunne published a report entitled Fueling Middle East Conflicts – Or Dousing the Flames which analyses the different roots of instability in the Middle East. According to Cammack and Dunne, the four elements that serve to escalate and perpetuate conflicts in the region are the prevalence of an uncertain balance of power in the area, ever-lasting regional rivalries, the increase of arms import and what the two authors identify as a notable dearth of norms of warfare and dispute resolution mechanism. In the report, Dunne and Cammack provide a detailed argument of their analysis of the roots of instability and also provide a set of recommendation to move beyond these issues. Moreover, the report is completed by a series of question-and-answer commentaries with experts from the countries under discussion. In this part, Tarek Megerisi discusses the Libyan crisis, its drivers and the solution that should be put forward. According to him, internal tensions in Libya are fueled by greed and grievance. Such tensions are aggravated by the interference of outside actors such as foreign powers.
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