Angélica Ocampo speaks with Professor Ross Harrison on the current state of affairs in the Middle East, how U.S. interests are affected, and what it means for the future.
The civil wars in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya have had devastating effects on the populations in these countries, and they have drawn in most of the regional and international powers into a destructive conflict trap. This is reshaping the Middle East in ways that will have profound consequences for the region as well as for the United States and other international powers. Building on his recently released book, Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East (co-edited with Paul Salem), Ross Harrison unpacks the complexities of these civil wars and what they mean for the region and for the U.S.
Ross Harrison is a resident Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. and is on the faculties of Georgetown University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches strategy and Middle East politics. He is the author of 3 books: Strategic Thinking in 3D: A Guide for National Security, Foreign Policy and Business Professionals (2013), From Chaos to Cooperation: Toward Regional Order in the Middle East (co-edited with Paul Salem, 2017) and Escaping the Conflict Trap: Toward Ending Civil Wars in the Middle East (co-edited with Paul Salem, 2019). Harrison also is a regular contributor of analytic articles on the Middle East to journals such as Parameters, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Orient, and al-Monitor, and has been quoted in the The New York Times. He has been a speaker at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Foreign Service Institute, the National War College, U.S. Naval War College and U.S. Army War College. He has also been part of several back channel diplomatic efforts focused on ending civil wars in the Middle East.