The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Science Perspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics

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This anthology unites in one volume two studies of the Greater Middle East in global politics - each conceptual and empirical. First, it is a historical-comparative study of politics and societies in selected Greater Middle Eastern countries from Napoleon’s invasion of Ottoman Egypt in 1798 up until today. It addresses development and change in these societies as results of the complex interactions between external developments, the rise and expansion of European industrialized powers, and internal developments, the disintegration of Islamic Empires, their transformation into nation-states, and their efforts to industrialize and modernize. Second, it is an empirical case study of states and societies of the Greater Middle East in global politics, addressing themes such as nationalism, revolution, political Islam, democracy, globalization, regionalism, revolution, war, energy, and conflict and cooperation. The book is comprised of three parts and nineteen chapters. Contributors include: Mehdi Parvizi Amineh, Simon Bromley, Robert M. Cutler, Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche, S.N. Eisenstadt, Femke Hoogeveen, Henk Houweling, B.M. Jain, Mehran Kamrava, Roger Kangas, Fred H. Lawson, Prithvi Ram Mudiam, Nilgun Onder, Wilbur Perlot, Richard Pomfret, Kurt W. Radtke, Mirzohid Rahimov, Eva Patricia Rakel, and Yahia H. Zoubir.

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Mehdi Parvizi Amineh, Ph.D. (1998) in Political Sciences, University of Amsterdam, is Senior Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies. He is also Adjunct Professor of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden. He has published extensively on International Relations themes including Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development (Brill, 2004/2005)
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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Contributors
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of the Greater Middle East
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh

2. IR-Theory and Transformations in the Greater Middle East: The Role of the United States
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh and Henk Houweling
3. Connecting Central Eurasia to the Middle East in American Foreign Policy Towards Afghanistan and Pakistan: 1979-Present
Simon Bromley
4. US-Russian Strategic Relations and the Structuration of Central Asia
Robert M. Cutler

5. The Iranian Revolution: The Multiple Contexts of the Iranian Revolution
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh and S. N. Eisenstadt
6. The Iranian Foreign Policy since the Iranian Islamic Revolution: 1979-2006
Eva Patricia Rakel
7. The Middle East’s Democracy Deficit in Comparative Perspective
Mehran Kamrava
8. The Challenges of Modernity: The Case of Political Islam
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh
9. The Turkish Political Economy: Globalization and Regionalism
Nilgun Onder
10. The Maghreb: Social, Political, and Economic Developments
Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche and Yahia Zoubir
11. From Soviet Republics to Independent Countries: Challenges of Transition in Central Asia
Mirzohid Rahimov
12. Central Asia since the Dissolution of the Soviet Union:
Economic Reforms and Their Impact on State-Society Relations
Richard Pomfret
13. New Twists, More Intricate Configurations: The Changing Israel-Palestinian Regional Security Complex
Fred Lawson

14. Global Energy Security and Its Geopolitical Impediments: The Case of the Caspian Region
Mehdi Parvizi Amineh and Henk Houweling
15. China and the Greater Middle East: Globalization No Longer Equals Westernization
Kurt W. Radtke
16. Indian Power Projection in the Greater Middle East: Tools and Objectives
Prithvi Ram Mudiam
17. The Changing Face of the Russian Far East: Cooperation and Resource Competition Between Japan, Korea, and China in Northeast Asia
Roger Kangas
18. India-Pakistan Engagement with the Greater Middle East: Implications and Options
B.M. Jain
19. The EU’s Policies of Security of Energy Supply Towards the Middle East and Caspian Region: Major Power Politics?
Femke Hogeveen and Wilbur Perlot


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