The Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration

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In the 1990 the Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Arab-Israeli peace process and the trend to market-driven economies impacted the regional political and economic order of the Arab world dramatically. How do these events affect the processes of Arab integration? Is the idea of an Arab political and economic comunity in the broadest sense no longer viable? What lessons can be learned from recent attempts toward the future of Arab unity? A team of respected political scientists, historians, and ...

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Overview

In the 1990 the Gulf War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Arab-Israeli peace process and the trend to market-driven economies impacted the regional political and economic order of the Arab world dramatically. How do these events affect the processes of Arab integration? Is the idea of an Arab political and economic comunity in the broadest sense no longer viable? What lessons can be learned from recent attempts toward the future of Arab unity? A team of respected political scientists, historians, and economists carefully assesses the state of regional integration and cooperation, and explains why integration in general has proven so elusive. From the unification of North and South Yemen, to the struggle for Mahgreb unity, and the experiences of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, this book presents a complex portrait of the history and prospects for Arab integration.

Part I examines the trends and points the way toward a more rational Arab order. Bahgat Korany reminds us of the continuing relevance of the balance-of-power in understanding Arab world dynamics. Bassam Tibi traces the decline of the Arab "imagined community" and the rise of the Arab state system. Part II offers five case studies exploring the political forces behind integrative attempts on the subregional level. Essays include Mustafa Al-Sayyid on the short-lived "United Arab Republic" of Egypt and Syria; and Abdul Khaleq Abdulla on the hastily established Gulf Cooperation Council. In Part III, economic integration and development are discussed. Roger Owens reviews the efforts to organize an Arab common market. Yusif Sayigh offers a blunt critique of the Joint Arab Economic Action project. Finally, Michael Hudson raises the possibility of a new model of inter-Arab coordination based on sovereign institutional realities and rational collective choice.

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Editorial Reviews

Rex Brynen
At a time when inter-Arab politics seem as uncooperative as ever, Michael Hudson´s book comes as a breath of fresh analytical air. He and an impressive array of fellow scholars not only explore the barriers to Arab integration but also show the continued importance of the shared identity and common challenges that permeate much of the region. Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration is essential reading for any serious student of international relations in the Middle East.
Fawaz Gerges
Michael Hudson´s book is the most comprehensive survey on the question of political and economic integration in the Arab world beginning in the early part of the twentieth century and until the present.
Clovis Maksoud
An insightful and comprehensive analysis of a region that continues to be conflict prone and challenged by factors both regional and global. . . . highlights long ignored issues, such as the dynamic forces of integration, and puts in context the historical and the current causes for the divisive reality that characterizes the region. Michael Hudson´s brilliant and sensitive introduction is matched by the substantive and scholarly analysis of his chosen contributors. Middle East Dilemma will definitely be required reading in my class.
Booknews
Provides a new assessment of Arab regional integration in its broadest sense. Fourteen contributions bring together a variety of theoretical perspectives from political science, international relations, history, and economics in order to analyze not only the Arab region with attention to economic and security aspects, but also to investigate through case studies a number of subregional integrative experiments. Topics include the changing Arab regional system, experiments in political integration, and economic integration. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231111393
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/22/1998
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael C. Hudson is professor of international relations and Seif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Arab Integration: An OverviewPart I: The Changing Arab Regional System2. The Arab World and the New Balance of Power in the Middle East, by Bahgat Korany3. The Prospects for Arab Cooperation in a Changing Regional and Global System, by Paul Noble4. From Pan-Arabism to the Community of Sovereign Arab States: Redefining the Arab and Arabism in the Aftermath of the Second Gulf War, by Bassam TibiPart II: Experiments in Political Integration 5. The Rise and Fall of the United Arab Republic, by Mustapha Kamil Al-Sayyid6. The United Arab Emirates:A Quarter Century of Federation, by Frauke Heard-Bey7. The Gulf Cooperation Council: Nature Origin, and Process, by Abdul Khaleq Abdulla8. The Ups and Downs of Maghrib Unity, by William Zartman9. The Republic of Yemen:The Politics of Unification and Civil War 1989-1995, by Robert BurrowesPart III: Economic Integration 10. Inter-Arab Economic Relations During the Twentieth Century:World Market vs. Regional Market?, by Roger Owen11. Arab Economic Integration:The Poor Harvest of the 1980s, by Yusif A. Sayigh12. Technology: A Disintegrative Factor in the Arab World, by Antoine B. Zahlan13. Labor Migration and Economic Integration in the Middle East, by Nemat Shafik14. Prospects for Regional Economic Integration After Oslo, by Atif A. Kubursi

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