Middle East at the Crossroads: The Changing Political Dynamics and the Foreign Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

Middle East at the Crossroads provides a comprehensive account of the post-Cold War Middle East and analyzes the foreign policy challenges that they pose. The essays focus on some of the regional developments in the post-Cold War era and the foreign policies of the United States, Russia, the European Union, China, and Japan toward the region. The contributors present a critical and nuanced analysis sensitive to the regional complexities as well as to the context of foreign policy responses of the great powers. They demonstrate that the Middle East is not out of step with history, but a part of it that is not only shaped by it, but also molds it. These realities have created a new political dynamic that has led to new political configurations. These changes have led to an evolution in the relations among Middle Eastern countries and global politics in general. The essays in this volume expose a complex and unpredictable future in the Middle East that demands a new foreign policy response from the Western world that is more sensitive to the regional realities and aspirations of the people in this area.
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Editorial Reviews

International Journal Of Middle Eastern Studies
It is a welcome addition and an important contribution to Middle Eastern Studies.
Digest Of Middle East Studies
[MIddle East at the Crossroads provide[s] insights into the interplay of underlying variables, encompassing significant regional, global, religious, secular, socio-political, and historical factors, of the permeability of the Middle East.
— el-Sayed el-Aswad, Ph.D., The University of Bahrain
Choice
Excellent and timely...Stephen Zunes presents an interesting, comprehensive analysis...
CHOICE
Excellent and timely...Stephen Zunes presents an interesting, comprehensive analysis...
Digest Of Middle East Studies - el-Sayed el-Aswad
[MIddle East at the Crossroads provide[s] insights into the interplay of underlying variables, encompassing significant regional, global, religious, secular, socio-political, and historical factors, of the permeability of the Middle East.
International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
It is a welcome addition and an important contribution to Middle Eastern Studies.
Booknews
The names of the contributors suggest that most are from the Middle East, though now working at US or British universities. They explore some major issues facing the region after the Cold war, among them human rights, jargon and legitimacy in Arabic ideology and foreign policy, Israeli foreign policy, and women. The also look at the foreign policies of the US, Russia, the European Union, and China and Japan toward the Middle East. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813910
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Manochehr Dorraj is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Whither Middle East? chapter 3 The Post Cold War Middle East and Its Foreign Policy Challenges chapter 4 The Fate of Human Rights in the Middle East and North Africa chapter 5 Ideology and Foreign Policy in the Arab World: Jargon and Legitimacy chapter 6 Israeli and Foreign Policy in the Era of Pax Americana chapter 7 Women and the Changing Political Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa chapter 8 Refighting the Cold War: Containment as the Foundation of America's Post-Cold War Political-Military Posture in the Middle East chapter 9 Post-Soviet Russian Foreign Policy toward the Middle East chapter 10 Political Economy of European Union Middle East Relations chapter 11 Patterns of Reorientation in the Foreign Policies of Japan and China toward the Middle East in the Post-Cold War Diplomacy chapter 12 Index
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