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Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East

Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East

by Mehran Kamrava (Editor)




The 2011 Arab uprisings precipitated the relatively quick collapse of a number of Middle Eastern states once perceived as invincible. The Tunisian and Egyptian states succumbed to revolutionary upheavals early on, followed by that of Qadhafi's Libya. Yemen's President Saleh was also eventually forced to give up power. A bloody civil war continues to rage in Syria. These uprisings highlighted weaknesses in the capacity and legitimacy of states across the Arab Middle East. This book provides a comprehensive study of state weakness-or of 'weak states'-across the Greater Middle East.

No other book examines the subject of weak states in the Middle East. Fragile Politics begins with laying the theoretical framework for the study of weak states, examining the theoretical controversies surrounding the topic, the causes and characteristics of weak states, and their consequences for the Middle East. It then looks at a series of case studies, examining various themes within the study of weak states in relation to each case study.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190246211
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Mehran Kamrava is Professor and Director of the Center for International and Regional Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is the author of a number of books, including, The Modern Middle East: A Political History Since the First World War; Qatar: Small State, Big Politics; and Iran's Intellectual Revolution.

Table of Contents

Weak States in the Middle East
Mehran Kamrava

Chapter 1
Yemen: Failing State or Failing Politics?
Charles Schmitz

Chapter 2
Questioning Failure, Stability, and Risk in Yemen
Sarah Phillips

Chapter 3
Interventionism and the Fear of Urban Agency in Afghanistan and Iraq
Daniel Esser

Chapter 4
Libya After Qadhafi: Fragmentation, Hybridity, and Informality
Frederic Wehrey

Chapter 5
Strong Actor in a Weak State: The Geopolitics of Hizbullah
Shoghig Mikaelian and Bassel F. Salloukh

Chapter 6
Margin and Center in Sudan: On the Historicity of State Weakness
Rogaia Abusharaf

Chatper 7
Sudan: A Turbulent Political Marketplace
Alex de Waal

Chapter 8
Women, Work, and the Weak State: A Case Study of Pakistan and Sudan
Zahra Babar and Dwaa Osman

Chapter 9
Whither Palestine? Weak State, Failed State, or No State at All?
Glenn E. Robinson

Chapter 10
Diasporas and State (Re)building in the MENA Region: Potential and Constraints
Laurie Brand

Chapter 11
State Capacity and Aid Effectiveness in Weak States in the Greater Middle East
Mark McGillivray, Simon Feeny, and Ashton De Silva

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