Why the Middle East Continues to be Dominated by Violence.

As you all may know the current state of the Middle East is of major concern to not only the countries in the Middle East but for the world. Of course the major problem in the last few days is the Syrian refugee crisis as well as the Islamic States continued campaign of terror. In order to understand what is going on in the Middle East it is important to know that the Middle East has for hundreds of years been a hot zone for violence between different cultures, tribes with different ethnic backgrounds, Sunni and Shiite Islam, and countries fighting over resources and trade routes.

The main question today is why do these proxy wars continue to persist in the Middle East. One answer to this question is the continued funding of proxy wars by countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. Countries will most likely continue to fund these proxy as long as they gain power by doing so, for instance if one country funds a particular group and that side is victorious, that country then gains power in the region. Another major reason why violence and terror persists in the Middle East is because of the ongoing civil wars in the region mainly Syria, Libya, and Yemen. Ultimately it is the civil wars that are creating floods of refugees, spawning terror groups and brewing the Sunni Shiite conflict. Ending these civil should be first and foremost, unless we do this new terror groups will organize and more and more refugees will flee the middle east.

Of course it is hard not to mention oil when talking about the violence in the middle east. oil in the middle east has enticed many global powers since the early nineteen hundreds especially the United States. U.S. support for major oil producing countries and their rulers has created a very fragile balance of power which has resulted in external and internal conflicts which have continued to be a major problem in the region. Below I have posted a graph of the different kinds of conflicts in the middle east from 1946-2006.


4 thoughts on “Why the Middle East Continues to be Dominated by Violence.

  1. This article posits some interesting questions. Why exactly is the middle east so unstable? is it reasonable for us to suggest that most of the modern unrest is due to foreign involvement? Would the western world be best served by remaining uninvolved, or moving forward with a military option?


  2. This post resonated with me, in how it cited civil wars and internal unrest (for a wide variety of reasons) as a large cause of the continued violence in the middle east. In my opinion, outside intervention will only continue to prove costly and fruitless. The peoples of the middle east will find no lasting peace through foreign intervention.


  3. I like how oil is a factor when talking about violence in the Middle East. While I do not think oil is the reason for much of the violence,I do think it has a huge impact on how violence is perceived and the type of violence that goes on. Much of the Middle East is important to major world players.


  4. Interesting post! I certainly agree that instability within the Middle East is the consequence of a myriad of factors, such as civil war, intrastate conflict, foreign involvement, and, of course, oil. However, I am curious as to whether or not you think another nuclear weapon and, therefore, a nuclear weapons state (such as Iran) would create more stability within the region – simply food for thought. Furthermore, the onslaught of religious extremism in the Middle East as well as the nearly indistinguishable lines between government and religion within states is, in my opinion, yet another factor of instability. In regard to the refugee and IDP crisis in Syria and Iraq, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has a wealth of information, data, and statistics on the current situation within the region. – http://www.uniraq.org/index.php?lang=en


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