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By-word for security problems
With disastrous consequences for many of its inhabitants, the Middle East has long been a by-word for security problems. The region is almost a test-bed for security theories, with war; guerrilla war; civil war; proxy war; and assymetric warfare all in evidence. The ancient maxim ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend’ remains true among the states of the region. What factors are at play in this region to undermine the effectiveness of state security? What would stability look like and is true stability in the Middle East even achievable?
Of course, with 22 Arab countries and their non-Arab neighbours, there are plenty of differences in security challenges to accompany Middle East’s pan-Arab shared security challenges. Some of these challenges are actually global challenges with a regional flavour.
Mark’s security background
Mark began his career in British military intelligence with a Middle East and Arabic specialism. He was one of 2 to finish his training from 12 starters. He served in the Gulf War, that liberated Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s occupying forces. As well as learning Arabic and enhancing his active listening skills as a linguist, Mark was trained in military intelligence analysis.
Mark’s MA is in International Security and the Politics of Terror, where his dissertation focussed on aspects of the security of religious tourism. He has an extensive knowledge of the military and security capabilities of police, military, paramilitary and irregular forces in the Middle East, as well as the extent of their involvement in business and politics.
He worked as a civilian analyst in Iraq for 5 years, starting in Basra and then alongside the US Army and Defense Department in Baghdad for 4 years. So he has professional insight into Iraq’s particular situation, as well as the wider Levant and Gulf. His long-term understanding of Egypt stems from working there in the early 1990s and visiting regularly since then.
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