|Author (Person)||Blockmans, Steven|
|Publisher||Centre for European Policy Studies [CEPS]|
|Series Title||CEPS Essay|
|Series Details||No. 14, 11 September 2014|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The summer of 2014 saw an explosion of violence in the Middle East: Israel delivered a sledgehammer blow against Gaza, Lebanon was again the scene of terrorist onslaught, and the relentless war in Syria pushed the numbers of casualties and displaced people to record highs. In terms of geopolitical change, however, the advance of the ‘Islamic State’ and the emergence of a de facto independent Iraqi Kurdistan are the most important recent developments in the region. Common to all these conflicts are the levels of barbarity involved in this struggle for a place in the region’s security order.
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Middle East|