Abdel Monem Said Aly

Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo, and Senior Fellow at the Crown Center

Shai Feldman

Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center



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Saving the Middle East

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Abdel Monem Said Aly and Shai Feldman
Middle East Brief 95, November 2015


Engulfed in violent conflict and political turmoil, today’s Middle East is unrecognizable. The costs of the past four years of violence in Syria alone, when the dead, wounded, and displaced, as well as the destruction of Syria’s infrastructure and economy are taken into account, are among the worst in the region's history. In this Brief, Abdel Monem Said Aly and Shai Feldman ask: Can the Middle East be put back together? They address the following questions: What are the dimensions of the region’s current situation? How did the Middle East come to such a dreadful state of affairs? Can the region be restored? What are the obstacles facing any such effort, what resources are available to counter them, and what reforms would need to be implemented for any restoration of the region’s states to succeed? The authors suggest that the key to the region's success lies in the creation of a Concert of Arabia -- a Middle East corollary to the 19th century Concert of Europe -- the core of which would be the Arab monarchies and Egypt. They also discuss the conditions under which Arab states might accept Israel as an affiliate of the Concert.

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