Chapter

Introduction

Bahgat Korany and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

in The Foreign Policies of Arab States

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163609
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774163609.003.0001
Introduction

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There are four suggested reasons for the noticeable poverty in the established literature on the foreign policies of Arab states. Firstly has been the underdeveloped state of the subdiscipline of foreign policy analysis with reference to the global south, the former “third world”. A second factor has been the limited availability of data in rapidly changing environments, in which foreign policy affairs have often been shrouded in secrecy. Third, students of Arab politics have tended to focus their attention on regional political dynamics, marginalizing the analysis of single-actor behavior and its linkage to the established body of theory. Fourth, there has been a methodological weakness and lack of analytical rigor in the literature on the Arab countries, This book deals with Arab states as “cases” and seeks to apply the explanatory power of certain concepts and propositions in foreign policy theories to understanding them.

Keywords: foreign policy; Latin America; globalization; regional politics; Islamic

Chapter.  2434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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