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Arab Regionalism: A Post-Structural Perspective
Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics

Hardback: 9781138787803 pub: 2014-09-23

Paperback: 9781138282476 pub: 2016-11-30

eBook: 9781315765631pub: 2014-09-25

Arab regionalism details and examines the power relations involved in the making of an Arab region. On an empirical level, this book concentrates on the drawing of topographic and ideational boundaries in the Arab region, on Arab regional organizations , on the functional cooperation among Arab states and institutions, and on the socio-cultural infrastructure that supports the Arab region making process, with a strong focus on post-1990 dynamics. On a theoretical level, this work makes a case for the analytical autonomy of "Arab" regionalism (as opposed to regionalism in the Middle East or in the Mediterranean) and for the necessity of approaching it as an actual process instead of a failed project. The attitude of debasement and erasure towards Arab regionalism that is common-place in the field of regional studies is replaced in this book for the acknowledgment that there is much more political coordination, economic cooperation and social integration in the Arab region than has previously been assumed . Providing a fresh perspective on Arab regionalism, this book will be an essential resource for scholars and researchers with an interest in Regionalism, Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations.
  1. Introduction 
  2. Differenet Approaches to Regionalism in IR 
  3. The Power-Knowledge Nexus in Region Making 
  4. Drawing Borders of Meaning in the Arab Region  
  5. The Political Economy of Arab Regionalism 
  6. The Regionalization of Arab Capital 
  7. Moving Across the Arab Region 
  8. Unity in Diversity in the Arab(ic) Public Sphere 
  9. Conclusion
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International Relations of the Arab World: The Challenges for the Realization of Utopia Pan-Arabista 
International Relations Collection
First edition: 2009
Second edition: 2013
178 pages
The divisions that exist between the Arab countries represent one of the phenomena that most attract attention in the history and diplomacy of the Middle East. This region, marked by tumultuous processes and agreements, such as the Balfouer Declaration and the secret Sikes-Picot agreement, during the First and Second World War, in addition to the attempts to integrate the region by the Gulf Cooperation Council, are part of the history of the East. Medium. This book, the result of a master's degree in International Relations from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in 2007, analyzes the history of this tumultuous process, the structural difficulties and the political forces that act in the relations between them. The geopolitics of oil, regional conflicts, the Arab common market, Egyptian hegemony, pan-Arabism, among many other topics are part of the publication.

Table of Contents: 

I - The Path to Independence and Unity (1954-1973)
  • The Arab Cold War
  • Petroleum Nationalism X Petroleum Multinationals
  • The Egyptian Hegemony
  • Rise and Fall of Arabism
  • The Arab Common Market
  • Pan-Arabism and Integration: Synthesis of the Period 1954-1973
II -  The Geopolitics of Petroleum (1973-1990)
  • The Definitive Entry of the United States into the Region
  • The Oil Crisis and the Deepening of Arab External Dependence
  • The Primacy of Petropowers
  • Camp David and the Fragmentation of Arab Politics
  • The Option for Sub-Regional Economic Agreements
  • Oil and Integration: Synthesis of the Period 1973-1990
III - Arabism, Oil and the New World Order (post -1990)
  • The Imposition of the Middle East System
  • Oil, Power and the Middle East
  • Saddam Hussein: Leadership Denied
  • Gulf War: The End of the Arab State System?
  • External Interference and Integration: Synthesis of the Post-1990 Period 
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