Why a Middle Eastern NATO Won’t Work

The lack of trust and agreement on security threats precludes the formation of an Arab military pact.

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Last month, Jordan’s King Abdullah II announced his support for forming a Middle Eastern military alliance similar to NATO. Interest in establishing a regional military pact goes back to the Cold War years when the United Kingdom helped create the Baghdad Pact in 1955, though the alliance collapsed three years later after an Iraqi coup […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.