The Scourge of Sectarianism in the Modern Middle East: A Path Forward through Diplomacy

By: Sam Shapiro

April 19, 2021

Virtual Spring 2021 REWA Student Symposium

Sectarian conflict has long plagued the modern Middle East. Over the past two decades the region has splintered along sectarian lines over a host of political, military, and diplomatic issues. This project studies the roots of that divide, examining how much of it is theologically or politically derived, and how novel a challenge it is. It also examines measures that could be taken to bridge the gap between sectarian rivals, focusing on issues from Israeli and Turkish relations to regional economic cooperation organizations to religious diplomacy.


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