Over the last decade, Middle Eastern countries have experienced significant changes in their domestic political and social landscapes, and in their foreign relations, both with neighbours and internationally. The popular uprisings of 2011, known as the Arab Spring, left a significant mark on parts of the region as some countries descended into civil wars, while others saw the establishment of repressive regimes. Economic instability, changing demographics and popular discontent with political leadership continue to put pressures on the Middle East. In addition, the region’s geopolitics have also been transformed as a result of new alliances and rivalries, and changing relations with key international actors, including the United Kingdom.
In a new pamphlet, The Middle East's changing political landscape published by Labour Friends of Israel, contributors explore how the Middle East is changing and what a progressive UK foreign policy response might be. In this webinar, a number of the pamphlet authors and Chatham House experts will discuss the publication’s main arguments and recommendations.