Conflict And War In The Middle East / Edition 2

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This book is relevant for the study of regional conflicts during and after the end of the Cold War. The focus of the major parts are inter-state wars in the period of 1967-1991. In the revised, updated and expanded new edition the author argues that the Gulf War would probably be the last inter-state war in the Middle East. The resort to the use of force would be mostly pursued by irregulars like Islamic fundamentalists (in Algeria, Egypt, the Occupied Territories) and ethnic nationalists (the Kurds). Thus the study of conflict in the Middle East would shift from the study of inter-state war to the study of the crisis of the nation-state incapable of dealing with the arising violence within its boundaries. The author argues that regional integration among the states and the industrial bolstering of the weak nominal nation-states in the Middle East would be the new needed pattern of security politics in the Middle East no longer restricted to dealing with military issues.

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Argues that regional conflicts have their own dynamic and that the end of superpower competition does not bring an end to war in regional conflicts. Focuses on the interstate wars of 1967-91, and contends that the Gulf War will probably be the last interstate war in the Middle East. Predicts that regional integration among states and the institutional bolstering of weak nominal nation-states in the Middle East will be the new requirement of security politics in the region. This second edition reflects developments since 1993. First published as Konfliktregion Naher Osten by C. H. Becj- Verlagsbuchhandlung in 1989. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312211509
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Bassam Tibi is Professor of International Relations in Göttingen and simultaneously Bosch Fellow at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Middle Eastern Wars from the World Historical and International Systemic Perspectives
Part I: The International System as a Configuration of Regional Subsystems: The Case of the Middle East
• The Science of International Relations: Between Globalism and Regionalism
• The Middle East: Its Location and Delimitation
Part II: From Arab Renaissance (NAHDA) To the Six Day War of 1967: The New Historical Epoch After June 1967
• The Six Day War of 1967: The Background and Multifaceted Character of an Excalated Regional Conflict
• The Regional and International Repercussions of the Six Day War: The End of Nasserism and the Beginning of a New Historical Epoch
Part III: The 1973 October War: The Regional Dynamic of the Middle East Conflict and the Superpowers, Arms, Oil and Shifts in Regional and International Alliances
• The Yom Kippur, Ramadan or October War? Historical Continuity from the Six Day War to the Nineteen Day War
• The Superpowers and the October War
• October 1973: The War with Arms and the War with Oil: Petro-dollar Power and the 1973-1977 Saudi-Egyptian Axis; its Revival during the Iran-Iraq War and its Aftermath
Part IV: The Gulf War, its Linkages and Background: Regional Dynamic and the Fragmentation of the Middle as in the Post-Cold War Era
• The Middle East between the 1973 October War and the 1990-1991 Gulf War: An Epidemically Militarized Region of Conflict?
• From Iraq-Kuwait Conflict to the Gulf War
• The Historical Context of Conflict and War in the Middle East in the Light of the Gulf War
Part V: New Security and Reordering the Middle East at the Turn of the Century: The New Challenges
• Notes and References
• Bibliography
• Name Index
• Subject Index

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