With a weak and divided leadership
amongst the Palestinians, a new right wing government in Israel, and recurring political instability
throughout the broader Middle East, the
salience of different types of Islamist groups on regional and international
politics is not likely to be on the wane anytime soon. Policy wonks and
diplomats in Europe and the United States continue to debate how
to respond to the continued successes of such groups.
Introducing his new book Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution, Alastair Crooke will provide background on what he calls
the "Islamist Revolution" in the Middle East,
helping to offer strategic insights into the origins and logic of Islamist
groups which have adopted military resistance as a tactic, including Hamas and
Tracing the essence of the
Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution up to the present
day, Crooke unlocks some of the thorniest issues surrounding stability in the
current Middle East landscape.
Crooke, who is Director and
Founder of Conflicts Forum and based in Beirut,
is a former Mideast adviser to EU High Representative Javier Solana, was a
senior staff member of Senator Mitchell's Fact-Finding Committee into the causes
of the Intifada in 2000-2001, and has mediated cease-fire negotiations with
Israel, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas in
the past. He has become one of the most hands-on, informed, and controversial
interpreters of modern political Islamism.
Join us for a discussion of
Crooke's findings and what they might mean for American and European policy in
Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, and the wider Middle East.
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