Call for Papers: The Geo-Politics in the Middle East

Call for Papers: The Geo-Politics in the Middle East
Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
28-29 October 2015

Call for Papers
The rise of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq, which claims to revive the historic Islamic Caliphate, has brought to the fore intense state rivalries. This is most notable between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which appear to be locked in a number of theatres of conflict from Syria to Yemen. But other enmities have also intensified as a result of growing tensions and states’ self-perception of their regional weight. These include frictions between Qatar and Egypt, Iran and Turkey, and Egypt and Turkey. Compounding each of these is the emergence of the self-declared Islamic State and the prospects of a future Kurdish state.

This conference brings together a number of informed scholars concerned with the lacuna in knowledge that this situation has created in order to hold a robust exchange of ideas on the following key questions:

Do recent events suggest a reassertion of state-centric politics over ideological considerations, or vice-versa?
Are we witnessing the demise or resurgence of ideology as a normative tool for change?
To what extent can the reassertion of geo-politics in the Middle East be seen as a vindication of the neo-realist paradigm in International Relations?
What is the trajectory of future developments in the region?
As well as any other questions related to geo-politics in the Middle East.

Keynote Speakers Include:
Prof. Mehran Kamrava, Centre for International and Regional Studies, Georgetown University
Prof. Beverly Milton-Edwards, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Queen’s University of Belfast
Prof. Amin Saikal, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University

Abstract Submission
If you would like to present a paper as part of this conference, please submit the following to Dr. James Barry ( by Friday 31 July 2015:   A title and 250 word abstract addressing one of the key questions outlined above, and a 100 word biography.

*Note that the conference convener aims to produce a significant publication out of the forum papers. Select papers at the forum will therefore be chosen and included as chapters in an edited volume or articles in a special issue of a journal.

Hosted by
The Middle East Studies Forum at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, in partnership with the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, ANU.
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