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Ideology and Political Economy in Inter-Arab Alliances

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/9780813033075.003.0003
Ideology and Political Economy in Inter-Arab Alliances

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This chapter examines the two key dynamics of inter-Arab politics, which are political economy and ideology. It analyzes how both ideological considerations and economic interests influence the foreign policies and alliance choices of Arab states. It suggests that despite the pervasiveness of ideology in Middle East politics, alignments and realignments in inter-Arab politics are determined far more by elite perceptions of threats to regime security than they are by ideological concerns.

Keywords: inter-Arab politics; political economy; ideology; economic interests; foreign policies; Arab states

Chapter.  7552 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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