Geo-Politics, Geo-Economics of the Middle East

August 23, 2012

The Israel/Palestine peace process and the emergence of Iran as a regional power have become the dominant political issues in the Middle East that have consequences beyond the immediate region. For instance, the lack of statehood and perceived injustices amongst Palestinians have not only perpetuated violence and radicalism within the occupied territories but have also fanned anger and resentment towards Israel and the United States amongst a wider Muslim audience. Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons has placed the Gulf Coast Countries, such as Saudi Arabia, on guard, as well as the international community who feel that Iranian regime will not use their newly found nuclear capability responsible. How then can the international community, in particular the U.S. and E.U., encourage and deliver a solution of statehood for the Palestinian people, thereby relieving much of the frustration felt within the wider region? How can the international community with the involvement of Russia and China, street Iran away from its nuclear ambitions and guide the leadership of the country to economic models and trade agreements foster economic growth within Palestine to give hope to the current and future generations of Palestinians and provide greater security for Israel?