Publication Date

4-2012

School

Helms School of Government

Major

Government: Pre-Law; Government: International Studies

Primary Subject Area

History, Middle Eastern; History, United States; Political Science, International Law and Relations; Political Science, General

Keywords

Middle East, Arab Spring, United States, Egypt, Israel, Caliphate, dhimmitude

Disciplines

American Politics | International Relations | Other International and Area Studies | Other Political Science

Abstract

The Middle East region is inherently volatile and associated with radical religious behavior. Beginning in December of 2010, a Tunisian street vendor inspired a wave of revolutions and protests launched by the people of many Middle Eastern countries, demanding regime change and democratic ideals. This season of revolution, dubbed the Arab Spring, has been characterized as both a period of Enlightenment in the Arab world and a cause for concern for Western powers.

This thesis will approach the Arab Spring in light of the ideologies and influences swarming into the power vacuum left by the recently deposed governments. It will assess the nature and likelihood of a reemergence of an Islamic Caliphate and the practice of Dhimmitude, recognizing the importance of the recent political developments in Egypt. Finally, it will encourage a stronger bond between the United States and Israel in order to preserve the last true influence of Western Civilization in the Middle East.