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Security Dilemmas in Arab Politics

Curtis R. Ryan

in Inter-Arab Alliances

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033075
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039558 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033075.003.0002
Security Dilemmas in Arab Politics

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This chapter examines the security dilemmas involved in Arab politics. It explains that security dilemma refers to an external dynamic of arms racing and spiralling regional insecurity and suggests that Arab states face two specific security dilemmas. The analysis reveals that the traditional focus on security as limited only to external military concerns is dubious at best for the Arab states system and perhaps well beyond given the fact that there is more than one security dilemma at work.

Keywords: security dilemmas; Arab politics; arms race; regional insecurity; Arab states; military concerns

Chapter.  8456 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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