2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Trouble in the Middle East: More than Just a Catchphrase?
Stephen A. Ground
Dr. Michael Rudy, Faculty Mentor

This paper looks at something which is a commonly held belief: that the region of the Middle East, made up primarily of Islamic nations, is more prone to conflict than other regions in the globe. Capitalizing on the work of Lemke and Organski, this paper will examine whether or not this belief is backed up by actual fact. Comparing different regions of the world, this paper seeks to show whether or not the Middle East is more prone to conflict. Then, it seeks to explain why the results are as they are. The goal is to explain conflict at a regional level, and to understand what makes the Middle East so unique among regions of the world.

Keywords: Conflict, Middle East, Power Transition Theory

Topic(s):Political Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 210-3
Location: MG 1000
Time: 10:00

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