Syria and Iran: Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System

Syria and Iran: Middle Powers in a Penetrated Regional System

by Anous Ehteshami, Raymond Hinnebusch, A. Ehteshami
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415156750

ISBN-13: 9780415156752

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

It has been the dominant view that both Syria in the 1980s and Iran today have acted as rogue states in the Middle East threatening to upset the stability of the region. In this innovative new study, Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Raymond Hinnebusch show that these two countries have in fact acted in a rational fashion pursuing the aim of containing Western

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It has been the dominant view that both Syria in the 1980s and Iran today have acted as rogue states in the Middle East threatening to upset the stability of the region. In this innovative new study, Anoushiravan Ehteshami and Raymond Hinnebusch show that these two countries have in fact acted in a rational fashion pursuing the aim of containing Western influence.
This book demonstrates how Syrian foreign policy resembles the "rational actor" model and Iran's rational factions in government guide its diplomacy. Syria and Iran's foreign policies are shown to be conventional ones, of "realist" diplomacy with their pursuance of a balance of power and spheres of influence. Their alliance with each other is also closely examined and found to be defensive in nature.
Syria and Iran illustrates how these two countries, and their alliance, forms an integral part of the balance of power in the Middle East. It is an exciting contribution to the study of the region, and its application of international relations concepts will be welcomed by those studying this area.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415156752
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Middle East international relations: a conceptual framework6
3The foreign policy of Iran27
4The foreign policy of Syria57
5The Syrian-Iranian alliance and the struggle for the Middle East87
6The Shi'a and the struggle for Lebanon116
7Syria, Iran and the Arab-Israeli peace process157
8Conclusions: regional middle powers in a penetrated regional system196
AppChronology of Syrian-Iranian relations207
Bibliography223
Index232

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