The Security Strategy Crisis in the Middle East
Authors: Dr. Al-Rawashdeh Mohammad Salim
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Nearly 5 years after the eruption of the Syrian crisis, the tremors from this cataclysmic event are still reverberating in the region and around the world. A new generation of jihadist extremists and ISIS are gaining experience on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria. All the Arab states in Middle East view developments in the region with varying levels of disquiet. Many commentators believe that the strategic security measure has become the most important regional event framing peace, political and military affairs since the 1967 Six-Day War. All these challenges are converging to frame a new strategic challenge to the Middle East region and the international community, which has vital economic and political interests in ensuring regional stability and security.
Moreover, it is difficult for big powers to work on a comprehensive strategy in the region, along the lines of different strategies after World War II, and during the Cold War and beyond, because they are not able yet to find a strategy to bring stability to the region, because of its being between hard power strategy and soft, in the modernization of traditional political systems, and absolute support for Israel, but it is trying to find a compromise formula between the regional powers to enable them to access to a comprehensive strategy for the region far from the sectarian tensions, extremist thinking. Here I would add, For a region as complex, with so many conflicting interests and so many different players—some of which are states, and some of which are non-state actors inside or outside the region—it is difficult to present in a reasonably short form all of the requirements for a workable security structure.
Key Words: Strategic security, regional powers, Middle East, National Security.