Mideast Shuffle is a blog dedicated to a fresh look at today’s re-shifting Middle East political landscape. On a macro level, the blog will follow the emergence of new regional power bases, and the shift in East-West strategic alliances that will necessarily grow out of new Mideast realities.
Our vision is that a US-led unipolar era has reached a decisive end and that the global trend toward multilateralism will support the emergence of a new power bloc in the region. This bloc will consist primarily of independent states like Iran, Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Oman – and others now struggling toward self-determination – that will necessarily form alliances with emerging powers challenging US hegemony.
We expect there to be a bitter struggle within the region until the new global reality takes hold. Prepare to read posts you are unlikely to read in the English-language mainstream elsewhere – and to encounter language that seeks to blast through manufactured narratives about the Middle East.
All blogposts, articles and interviews are written by Sharmine Narwani, unless otherwise indicated. She has a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in both Middle East studies and journalism, and from 2010-2014 was a Senior Associate at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University,
Sharmine has written commentaries and analysis that have appeared in a variety of media publications, including Al Akhbar English, the New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, BRICS Post, the Huffington Post, As-Safir, USA Today, Russia Today, Salon.com and others.