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Foreign Policy Approaches and Arab Countries: A Critical Evaluation and an Alternative Framework

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/9789774163609.003.0003
Foreign Policy Approaches and Arab Countries: A Critical Evaluation and an Alternative Framework

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This chapter is conceptual and deals with various approaches to the study of the foreign policies of Arab countries as part of the global south. It presents the framework of analysis to be applied in the nine case studies, which does not seek to force countries into rigid slots, but rather adapts the slots to individual cases and their specificities. This chapter is divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to the critical evaluation of two major influential approaches in the analysis of foreign policy generally: at the two ends of the macro–micro spectrum, the traditional realist power school, and the (behavioralist/scientific) psychological-idiosyncratic school. The former has been amply commented on in the literature, whereas the latter, perhaps because of its recent formulation and the aura of science that surrounds it, is still very much accepted as relevant mainly to the context of countries of the global south.

Keywords: realist power; psychological-idiosyncratic; behavioralist; domestic determinants; foreign policy output

Chapter.  9403 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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