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Introduction to the international politics of the Middle East

Raymond Hinnebusch

in The International Politics of the Middle East

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719053450
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719053450.003.0001
Introduction to the international politics of the Middle East

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This study takes the Middle East to be constituted around an Arab core, with a shared identity but fragmented into multiple territorial states; the core is flanked by a periphery of non-Arab states—Turkey, Iran and Israel—which are an intimate part of the region's conflicts and an integral part of its balance of power. This chapter argues that the Middle East is the epicentre of world crisis, chronically war-prone and the site of the world's most protracted conflicts. It also argues that that the roots of conflict and much state behaviour are found in the peculiar historical construction of the regional system.

Keywords: Turkey; Iran; Israel; Middle East; world crisis; state behaviour; regional system; Arab core

Chapter.  4514 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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