Leader Development & Education for Sustained Peace Program: Cross-Cultural, Geopolitical & Regional Education

LDESP Middle East News Update


The focus of the January 2014 LDESP Middle East News Update (CLICK HERE) is on what the New Year holds in store for the Middle East region, as well as reports and articles on the Gulf States, Iran, and the Levant.

Articles are taken from established and diverse professional periodicals, news articles, and editorial commentaries from different countries, reflecting a range  of political views/biases, that are intended to provide readers with a better understanding of various interests and perspectives regarding the situation in the region.  External links may expire at any time depending on the archiving policy of the particular news agency. News summaries may highlight only a portion of an article that is relevant to the readers and may not necessarily be the focus of the entire article or the headline. Opinions expressed in the articles, commentaries and features do not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense, the US Navy, or the LDESP staff .

What’s inside:

In Review: The Middle East in the New Year

Four Fires Burning in the Middle East”: Syria, Iran, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, in The Boston Globe

World Outlook for 2014,” Council on Foreign Relations

Big Bets and Black Swans (PDF), Brookings Institute 2014 Presidential Brief – summaries, recommendations, interspersed with counter-arguments from other scholars and sources.

News from the Gulf States, Iran, and the Levant: Kuwaiti politics, Saudi Arabia’s regional role, Iran’s nuclear deal and domestic issues, the Syrian conflict and its effects on Jordan, and Egypt’s path to democracy.




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