Globalization and Geopolitics in the Middle East: Old Games, New Rules

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This book explores the impact of globalization in the 'greater' Middle East - including North Africa - in the context of the powerful geopolitical forces at work in shaping the region today. Discussion of globalization has often neglected to consider its impact on the Middle East. However, despite the relative lack of foreign direct investment, and the dysfunctional state of trade and regional co-operation, this book shows that globalization has impacted upon the Middle East, although its character and implications have been profoundly different from other regions such as East Asia. It demonstrates that, unlike in other regions, geopolitics has been a critical factor in driving globalization in the Middle East. It argues that whereas elsewhere globalization has opened up the economy, society, culture and attitudes to the environment; in the Middle East it has had the opposite effect, with poor state formation, little interregional trade, foreign and interregional investment, and reassertion of traditional identities.

About the Author:
Anoushiravan Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK

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'Anoushiravan Ehteshami combines the rich contextual knowledge of an area specialist with a masterful grasp of the rapidly changing dynamics of international politics. The result is an indispensable study of the impact of globalization on the geopolitics of the Middle East. This book will be welcomed as a major addition by specialists on the region, but Ehteshami's lucid style also makes it an accessible – indeed, inviting – introduction for non-specialists. Hopefully, it will garner the attention of policy makers as well.' - Ian Shapiro, Yale University, USA and author of Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror

'This useful survey of the dilemmas that confront the vast and complex region between Morocco and Central Asia in this era of rapid and world-wide change – and of the corresponding opportunities and challenges that the region itself represents for the world as a whole – should be useful for both beginning students and long-time observers of the Middle East.' - Lisa Anderson, Columbia University, USA

'Anoushiravan Ehteshami brings together the disciplinary focus of the social scientist and the expertise of the Middle Eastern specialist to provide a uniquely area-specific study of globalization. Thoroughly informed and always lucid, this book examines globalization’s impact on perhaps the most critical region of the world, and convincingly argues that geopolitics can explain both the uncertain unfolding of and resistance to wider changes in the local context. It powerfully demonstrates that the interdependence and transnationalism of the Middle East are dependent on strategic events such as the war on terror and the invasion of Iraq – a perspective of immense analytical and policy significance.' - James Piscatori, University of Oxford, UK

'Anoushirivan Ehteshami’s important study, which is set apart from other recent volumes by his vast knowledge of the region... represents a major contribution to our understanding of the negative way globalization is perceived in this critically important part of the world.' - Robert E. Looney, Middle East Journal, Vol. 62, No. 1, Winter 2008

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Meet the Author

Anoushiravan Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK. He is also a Fellow of the World Economic Forum. He was Vice-President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) from 2000-2003.He is the author of numerous books and articles on politics, international relations, strategic studies and political economy of the Middle East.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables     viii
Preface     ix
Introduction: Globalization and Geopolitics in the Middle East     1
Globalization: System or Process?     20
Globalization and Strategic Interdependence     33
The MENA Regional System in Crisis     47
Geopolitical Tectonics: The Greater Middle East on the Margins of Eurasia     60
Government and Governance in the Era of Globalization     109
Economic Internationalization and the Changing Balance of Economic Power in the Middle East     130
Culture Clash: Globalization and the Geopolitics of Identity in the Middle East     149
Globalization and International Politics of the Greater Middle East     165
Globalization and the Middle East in Perspective     185
Notes     197
Select Bibliography     229
Index     242
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