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Identity and sovereignty in the regional system

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/9780719053450.003.0003
Identity and sovereignty in the regional system

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This chapter notes that the incongruity of identity and territory continues to destabilise the politics of the Middle East and to significantly qualify the Westphalian model. While Arab states have consolidated their sovereignty in the face of supra-state ideology, in the making of foreign policy, legitimacy requires their leaders must still balance between the two. Inter-Arab politics arguably remains qualitatively different from ‘international’ politics. Irredentist conflicts continue to bedevil two near-nation-states, Turkey and Israel. Meanwhile, Iran embraces its communal mosaic and projects its foreign policy under an Islamic banner.

Keywords: nation-building; Middle East; Westphalian model; Arab states; Arab politics; Turkey; Israel; Iran

Chapter.  7239 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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