Olena Koppel, Doctor of History, Professor, Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.

Argam Gasparian, Ph.D Student, Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine.


The paper examines the American factor in transformftion of the geopolitical structure of the Middle East region in the face of growing international instability and transformation of the system ofinternational relations. Attention is focused on the main grounds and practical moments in US policy in the Middle East region that somehow affect the configuration of forces at the regional level, which takes on a new complex and uncertain characteristics in the context of globalization. The article emphasizes the thesis that globalization is interpreted by Washington as the right to interfere in the internal affairs of the states in the region.

The publication analyzes the main trends of regional development and influence of Washington’s policy on the dynamic development of relations between Middle East states and the overall configuration of global and international forces in the region. The spatial idea of geopolitical changes in the region through the consolidation of existing state structures and integration processes is also analyzed.The fact, that the complexity and heterogeneity of the Middle East reflects instability of its geopolitical space, converting the zone “controlled chaos” (or “managed instability”)is noted. Resent trend to reduce US interest in the region, which increases the leadership ambitions of regional players and greater polarization and destabilization of the Middle East region is emphasized.

 USA, Middle East, geopolitics, transformation

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DOI http://doi.org/10.17721/2521-1706.2016.02.128-134