Globalization and Arab Foreign Policies: Constraints or Marginalization?

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:
Globalization and Arab Foreign Policies: Constraints or Marginalization?

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This chapter analyzes the globalization process. It starts by identifying the specific elements of the Arab region that affect its relations with the global system. It then reviews Arab government and intellectual debates on globalization and deals with the question of to what extent Arab states are integrated into the global system. Finally, it discusses the impact of globalization on Arab foreign policies. The four factors which account for the specificity of the Arab region are Islam, cultural homogeneity, oil, and the protracted Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Two major concepts have galvanized Arab debates, namely “new world order” and globalization. The analysis thus far suggests that globalization reinforced the limitations and constraints already existing on Arab foreign policies and added new possibilities of marginalization.

Keywords: Arab region; global system; Islam; oil; Palestine

Chapter.  8105 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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