Middle East Integration: A Conversation with Boutros Boutros-Ghali

As the geopolitical chess games and drive for competitive advantage in the Middle East continue to generate winners and losers, fueling instability and rising tensions, one is inclined to ask how much longer before this regional dynamic will push the region towards an all-out war or contribute further to its collective decline.

On March 26, 2010, the Huffington Post published an exclusive piece advancing the following thesis: states in Middle East (Western Asia) can foster and attain lasting peace and progress, protect and advance their collective interests, and once again rise to prominence on the world stage through the creation of an all-inclusive regional union; one modeled on the strong elements of other regional amalgamations of states. This proposition may prima facie seem far-fetched, given the reality on the ground. But is it really? A closer examination and real understanding of the anxieties and interests that are driving state actors in the region paint a picture depicting a chaotic, Hobbesian regional existence that can drastically improve through an all-inclusive supranational organizing framework.

Global Brief magazine recently conducted an interview with Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Egyptian foreign minister, in which he provided his reflections on different challenges facing the Middle East today, from Sunni-Shia divide, Israel-Palestinan conflict, Iran's nuclear program, water shortages, war making and many other questions of the day. He also offered his take on the proposal to create a regional union in the Middle East.

The views offered by this renowned figure in international affairs will be of interest to any enthusiast of the discipline. The interview can be consulted here.

The views expressed herein have been provided in the author's personal capacity, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Criminal Court.