Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, September 12, 2014

Editors: Chen Kane & Egle Murauskaite

Series: UCLA Center for Middle East Development (CMED) series
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 113801849X
ISBN-13: 978-1138018495

Book Description

At this time of considerable political turmoil in the Middle East, there is a pressing need to explore alternative frameworks for regional security. The book discusses the Helsinki Process as one potentially relevant historical model to learn from.

The Helsinki Process began in a divided Europe in the early 1970s and, over 40 years, achieved major successes in promoting cooperation between the Warsaw Pact and NATO member states on social, human rights, security, and political issues. In this volume, established Middle East experts, former diplomats, and emerging scholars assess the regional realities from a broad range of perspectives and, with the current momentum for reform across the Middle East, chart a path towards a comprehensive mechanism that could promote long-term regional security.

Providing a gamut of views on regional threat perception and suggesting ways forward for regional peace, this book is essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in Politics, the Middle East and Conflict Studies.


Introduction – Chen Kane & Egle Murauskaite Part I: The Helsinki Process 1 Cautious Optimism – Lynn M. Hansen 2 A Zone in the Middle East – Rolf Ekeus Part II: Perspectives from the Region and Outside 3 The Helsinki Process and the Middle East – Nabil Fahmy & Karim Haggag 4 The Helsinki Process and its Relevance in a Changing Middle East - Ehud Eiran 5 Nuclear-Weapon- Free Zone in the Middle East: a Political View – Turki Al Faisal & Awadh Al-Bad 6 Domestic Politics in Iran and a Future Regional Process – Ariane M. Tabatabai 7 Lessons learned – Nilsu Goren Part III: The Middle East Today 8 The Helsinki process in the Middle East -Gershon Baskin & Hanna Siniora 9 The Future of Arms Control in the Middle East - Bilal Saab 10 The Middle East and the Helsinki Process – Mike Yaffe 11 Civil Society Dialogues and Middle East Regional Security – Peter Jones Part IV: Possible Futures 12 A Helsinki Process for the Middle East – Patricia Lewis & Karim Kamel Conclusion – Chen Kane


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International Relations
Middle East Studies

Chapter Six

Domestic Politics in Iran and a Future Regional Process

Author: Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Science, Technology, and Public Policy


In "Domestic Politics in Iran and a Future Regional Process," Ariane Tabatabai examines the relationship between changes in Iranian domestic politics and the country's role in regional security in the Middle East. By doing so, she assesses the challenges and opportunities faced by the Iranian government in engaging with the rest of the region, underlining the particular areas of potential cooperation for Iran and key regional actors. She puts the bilateral relations between Iran and regional states in the context of wider regional security concerns and cooperation and highlights where Tehran can and cannot compromise. The chapter also addresses the specific Iranian policies, interests, and values that may reveal challenging for a potential dialogue on regional security.

About the Authors

Dr. Chen Kane is Middle East projects manager at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. Dr. Kane is the author of numerous publications and the founder of the Middle East Next Generation Network. Dr. Kane held research positions at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Egle Murauskaite is Research Associate at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She specializes in trends of sensitive technology transfers and interdisciplinary research on other nuclear proliferation challenges, with the focus on the Middle East and South Asia.