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A10 Geopolitical plots and subplots of the Middle East

 

Readings and Hyperlinks

 

1. Arab-Israeli Conflict

 

Web:

 

http://www.israel-palestina.info/arab-israeli_conflict.html

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs pages 241 ? 251, 253 - 258

 

2. British Failure

 

Web:

 

http://www.merip.org/palestine-israel_primer/brit-mandate-pal-isr-prime.html

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs pages 241 ? 242

 

Many of the richest oil countries in the world (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and

 

the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Iran), are next door to one of the poorest

 

countries in the Islamic World (Afghanistan). Turkey, an in between Islamic

 

country, is pivotal in the role it plays within both the Middle East and Europe.

 

This group of countries is not immediately affected by the Arab-Israeli issue; they

 

share no common border and their governments have not been friendly to the

 

acceptance of displaced peoples from Palestine. Consequently they have not lost

 

land or resources to the conflict. Historically many of these countries were either

 

the principle element in an empire Ottoman (Turkey); Persian (Iran); and Assyria

 

and Babylon based in Mesopotamia (Iraq), or where part of one of these

 

empires. The exception is Afghanistan which was on the periphery of many

 

empires and in ancient history was occupied, controlled, or associated with India

 

until the 7th century.

 

The traditional conflict between the Shi?ite and Sunni sects of the Islamic religion

 

are playing a major role in the shaping of Iraq. Equally the Kurds are an

 

important minority consideration. These people who also desire their own

 

homeland number an estimated 26 million within the countries of Turkey, Iraq,

 

Iran and Syria, with another 8 million located throughout the Middle East. Since

 

they remain the largest ethnic population in the world without a homeland their

 

cause cannot be ignored. Hopefully by now you perspective of this region is that the issues are more than

 

simply Arabs versus Israelis, or oil. It involves such things as democracy, civil

 

rights, basic human rights, religious fundamentalism, ethnic tensions, economic

 

development, water resources, and agriculture. This last point is a unique

 

situation unto itself since the production of opium poppies; hashish and

 

marijuana provide a strong cash crop to impoverished farmers.

 

3. Iraq

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs pages 263 ? 267

 

4. Iran

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs pages 267 ? 269

 

5. Turkey

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs pages 269 ? 271

 

6. Afghanistan

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs pages 271 ? 275

 

7. The Kurds

 

Web:

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/daily/feb99/kurdprofile.htm

 

Reading:

 

Hobbs page 265 Questions

 

1. Please take your time in reading the Arab-Israeli conflict. This conflict is

 

blamed by many around the world to be the very root cause of all of the problems

 

within the Middle East. To make that assumption is to play loose and fast with the

 

geography of the area. It is but one aspect of a conflict that has been taking

 

place long before the State of Israel came into existence in 1948. Is the turmoil within Lebanon and Syria the result of the Arab-Israeli

 

Conflict? Explain why or why not? Be specific in your answers to all of

 

these questions.

 

Is the turmoil within Sudan the result of the Arab-Israeli conflict? Explain

 

why or why not.

 

Is the turmoil in the Maghreb the result of the Arab-Israeli Conflict? Explain

 

why or why not. 2. It could be argued that the Arab-Israeli conflict is a direct result of the British

 

failure to develop a workable solution to dealing with the influx of Jewish

 

immigrants following World War II and concerns of the Palestinian population

 

who occupied the majority of the territory prior to partition into an Arab state and

 

a Jewish state. Do you think it fair to blame this problem on the British? Would it be fair to blame it on the young United Nations? How would you have solved the problem?

 

3. What is the ethnic composition of Iraq?

 

How did that consideration cause the United States to avoid invading the

 

country in 1991? What were some of the grievances against the Pahlavi dynasty that led to

 

the revolution in Iran?

 

What were some of the things that the United States did in support of the

 

Shah that have come back to haunt our country as the result of the

 

overthrow of the dynasty? In what way is Turkey and ?in-between? country?

 

Why does Turkey want to become a member of the European Union?

 

Why has it been rejected thus far? What made Afghanistan an inviting base for al-Qa?ida?

 

What is blowback?

 

How has this blowback concept caused problems in other areas we have

 

studies prior to this chapter? Who and where are the Kurds?

 

Why are they so important to the stability of this region? 4. 5. 6. 7.

 


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