This book explores the global impact of the Syrian conflict, and the roles of Russia, Iran and the US in its wake. It looks closely at origins of political turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by analysing the growing influence of Russia and Iran – militarily, economically and diplomatically – juxtaposed against US defense and national interests.
- challenges the conventional scholarship to show how non-democratic states such as Russia, Iran and China exhibit a consistent strategic intent in their foreign-policy-making;
- underlines the convergence of Syrian foreign policy with Russia’s (the USSR before 1989) and Iran’s regional outlook post-1979;
- takes stock of the shifts in the US foreign policy in MENA in light of new realities.
Drawing on detailed fieldwork and archival material, including National Security Archival documents, this book is a tour de force in understanding global politics and contemporary history. It will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of politics and international relations, political theory, foreign policy, Middle East studies, and peace and conflict studies.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Product dimensions:||6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Ghaidaa Hetou is an academic and researcher focusing on Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) security, foreign policy and political economy. She writes on MENA states’ grand strategies, middle powers, geopolitics and political risk analysis. She is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University’s United Nations and Global Policy Studies Masters Program. Dr. Hetou is also the founder of iStrategic LLC, a political risk analysis firm based in New Jersey, USA.
Table of Contents
List of plates. Preface. List of abbreviations. 1. Introduction: Syria Against All Odds 2. Resisting the Powerful: Iran and Syria Post-1979 3. 2011: The Onset of the Syrian Crisis and Iran’s Role 4. Russia and Syria since 1956: An Alliance Built on Defiance 5. Russia’s Intervention in Syria 6. Russia, China and Iran: A Changing World Order 7. The United States: Implications of New Realities in MENA 8. Conclusion. Appendix. Bibliography. Index