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Reply To: How did this course shape or change your perceptions of the modern Near East as a whole?

Austin Pellizzer

Hey Hannah,
Thank you for bringing up the topic of proxy wars.I think this is an interesting topic that needs its stand-alone lesson.
While war is sometimes seen as two superpowers fighting it out to the end,we rarely consider how these states back or fund multiple regional conflicts for their interests.At the same time,the Near East is an excellent example of this tactic. During the cold war, the Suez crisis of Egypt,the UK, Israel and other actors is a perfect example. It’s fascinating to understand these wars’ dynamics and how they work. However,like any conflict, there are more than winners or losers in any war. As a well-known Israeli military saying goes,in war, no one wins.