This book is relevant for the study of regional conflicts during and after the end of the Cold War. The focus of the major parts are inter-state wars in the period of 1967-1991. In the revised, updated and expanded new edition the author argues that the Gulf War would probably be the last inter-state war in the Middle East. The resort to the use of force would be mostly pursued by irregulars like Islamic fundamentalists (in Algeria, Egypt, the Occupied Territories) and ethnic nationalists (the Kurds). Thus the study of conflict in the Middle East would shift from the study of inter-state war to the study of the crisis of the nation-state incapable of dealing with the arising violence within its boundaries. The author argues that regional integration among the states and the industrial bolstering of the weak nominal nation-states in the Middle East would be the new needed pattern of security politics in the Middle East no longer restricted to dealing with military issues.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan UK|
|Edition description:||2nd ed. 1998|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)|
About the Author
BASSAM TIBI is Professor of International Relations at the University of Gottingen and, since 1988, a Research Associate at Harvard University. He has also taught at Frankfurt and Heidelberg, and held visiting professorships in the Middle East and Africa including Université de Cameroun and University of Khartoum. He is the author of Crisis of Modern Islam, Arab Nationalism: A Critical Enquiry and Islam and the Cultural Accommodation of Social Change. He has written six monographs in German and co-authored books in English, German and Arabic including Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East, Human Rights in Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives and The Study of the Middle East: International Perspectives. He is a member of the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-author of the second volume of this international project.
Table of ContentsPreface Preface to the Second Edition Introduction: Middle Eastern Wars from the World Historical and International Systemic Perspectives PART 1: THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM AS A CONFIGURATION OF REGIONAL SUBSYSTEMS: THE CASE OF THE MIDDLE EAST The Science of International Relations: Between Globalism and Regionalism The Middle East: Its Location and Delimitation PART 2: FROM ARAB RENAISSANCE (NAHDA) TO THE SIX DAY WAR OF 1967: THE NEW HISTORICAL EPOCH AFTER JUNE 1967 The Six Day War of 1967: The Background and Multifaceted Character of an Escalated Regional Conflict The Regional and International Repercussions of the Six Day War: The End of Nasserism and the Beginning of a New Historical Epoch PART 3: THE 1973 OCTOBER WAR: THE REGIONAL DYNAMIC OF THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT AND THE SUPERPOWERS. ARMS, OIL AND SHIFTS IN REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCES The Yom Kippur, Ramadan or October War? Historical Continuity from the Six Day War to the Nineteen Day War The Superpowers and the October War October 1973: The War with Arms and the War with Oil: Petro-dollar Power and the 1973-77 Saudi-Egyptian Axis; its Revival during the Iran-Iraq War and Its Aftermath PART 4: THE GULF WAR, ITS LINKAGES AND BACKGROUND: REGIONAL DYNAMIC AND THE FRAGMENTATION OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE POST-COLD WAR ERA The Middle East between the 1973 October War and the 1990-91 Gulf War: An Epidemically Militarised Region of Conflict? From the Iraq-Kuwait Conflict to the Gulf War The Historical Context of Conflict and War in the Middle East in the Light of the Gulf War PART 5: NEW SECURITY AND REORDERING THE MIDDLE EAST AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY: THE NEW CHALLENGES Notes and References Bibliography Index