The Politics of Personality in the Middle East
From Trump, Modi and Xi to Putin, Orban, Sisi and Duterte, ‘strongmen’ leaders appear to be enjoying a political resurgence. At a time when the international system is in flux, styles of leadership around the world are both adapting to this change while simultaneously altering the established dynamic of foreign relations.
The leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, Hassan Rouhani in Iran and Mohammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia offers interesting case studies in how the style of national leadership can impact regional geopolitics. Is politics becoming less focussed on policy and more on personality?
Our panel will examine different models of governance and leadership throughout the Middle East – how does the archetype of the political ‘strongman’ present itself throughout these nations and varying political systems? And what role does social media have in both bolstering and challenging these leaders?