Shocks and Rivalries in the Middle East and North Africa is the first book to examine issue-driven antagonisms within groups of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) states and their impact on relations within the region. The volume also considers how shock events, such as internal revolts and regional wars, can alter interstate tensions and the trajectory of conflict.
MENA has experienced more internal rivalries than any other region, making a detailed analysis vital to understanding the region's complex political, cultural, and economic history. The state groupings studied in this volume include Israel and Iran; Iran and Saudi Arabia; Iran and Turkey; Iran, Iraq, and Syria; Egypt and Saudi Arabia; and Algeria and Morocco. Essays are theoretically driven, breaking the MENA region down into a collection of systems that exemplify how state and nonstate actors interact around certain issues. Through this approach, contributors shed rare light on the origins, persistence, escalation, and resolution of MENA rivalries and trace significant patterns of regional change.
Shocks and Rivalries in the Middle East and North Africa makes a major contribution to scholarship on MENA antagonisms. It not only addresses an understudied phenomenon in the international relations of the MENA region, it also expands our knowledge of rivalry dynamics in global politics.
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Number of pages: 264
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
This is an important book on a vital but understudied problem. Radin identifies the critical problem of local opposition to changes in political institutions, illustrates it with seven case studies, and shows how to avoid or reduce it while still moving forward. The book should be required reading for individuals and organizations involved in statebuilding. -- Roy Licklider , adjunct senior research scholar, Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies; adjunct professor of political science, Columbia University; and professor emeritus of political science, Rutgers University
In the MENA conflict-laden region, zooming in on inter-state rivalries is indeed required and welcome. Successfully marrying in-depth regional knowledge and comparative disciplinary rigor, this book's eleven contributors use more than 7 systematic MENA cases to analyze such rivalries and especially the impact of abrupt changes. The result is a dynamic analysis, both conceptually-driven and empirically-based, of a region plagued by static approaches. -- Bahgat Korany, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, American University in Cairo
A strong combination of theory and detailed case studies that deepens our understanding of shocks and rivalries in a region that we too often assume that we know more [about] than we do. -- Paul F. Diehl, Ashbel Smith Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas