"Vast swathes of the Middle East lie shattered by decades of war, revolutions, and the legacy of colonialism. Recent conflict in the region has included a string of intifadas in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, unremitting conflict in Lebanon, the horrific Iran-Iraq War, violence in Yemen, the Gulf War, and the invasion and occupation of Iraq. These conflicts shaping the region have now entered a new sequence as the Arab Awakening and subsequent counter-revolutions ushered in a series of interconnected conflicts and major socio-economic and political change. From Syria to the Sinai, these wars have catalysed the resurgence of jihadist cells and a major refugee crisis while drawing in regional and global superpowers. Something is being born out the fires of the Middle Eastern Wars and what emerges from these historic changes will be of global significance and consequence. The birth of the new Middle East is a challenge which international policymakers must be prepared to come to terms with."
The Middle Eastern Wars aims to provide an in-depth analysis to its readers on the Arab Awakening and the conflicts, revolutions and history shaping the Middle East to date. (Reuters/Photo)