Peaceful Transformation and Violent Conflict in the Middle East


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Following the Arab Spring, Tunisia is on its way to democracy, Egypt has become a military state once more, while Saudi Arabia remains an authoritarian monarchy. What are the different political developments occurring? How do new forms of political legitimacy work?


In contrast to many other world regions, there is no dominant regional power in the Middle East and North Africa. Instead, a number of states compete for regional influence. What role do international actors play herein? How do regional dynamics influence world politics?