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International Relations of the Middle East [Paperback]

Louise Fawcett
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9 Dec 2004
In this book, leading scholars of the Middle East and International Relations present a balanced and comprehensive analysis of the international politics of the region. While offering an historical framework, and up-to-date analysis of contemporary events, the book also introduces key theories and concepts from the study of International Relations and applies them to a Middle Eastern context to help explain major currents and developments. The first section offers an historical and chronological overview of the principal developments in the international politics of the Middle East within the broader context of an evolving international system. In this, and later sections, the implications of both September 11, 2001, and intervention in Iraq in the spring of 2003 will be discussed. The second section considers region specific conflicts and issues - the Arab-Israel crisis, wars in the Gulf, US and European policy - and examines them from an international relations perspective. The third and final section looks at major themes in International Relations - globalization, democratization, cooperation and conflict - and applies them to the Middle East, offering a regionally-sensitive perspective.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2nd edition (9 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199269637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199269631
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Louise Fawcett presents us with a detailed and fascinating study of post World War II and post Cold War diplomacy in the Middle East...This is an excellent book for courses in international relations and diplomacy. (A.J. Abraham, John Jay College (CUNY) (Review of previous edition)) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Michael C. Hudson 16 Feb 2014
I rated this book five stars as a 'thank you' for the chapter of 'The United States in the Middle East' written by Michael Hudson. I found this chapter provides a very well grounding for anybody seeks to study the US foreign policy in the Middle East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 22 Sep 2013
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It is well-written, gives you enough information (especially if you do not have any background on the subject) and it is easy to read. I study at uni and this was suggested as an additional reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is superb. 7 Jan 2008
By A. Haddad - Published on Amazon.com
Kindly disregard the review of this book that is critical of it. If you note, that person did not even read the book, and simply levels ad hominem, personal attacks on the contributors to the book.

I used this as a textbook for my "Middle East in International Politics since World War I" class - it was incredibly holistic, fair and balanced, and a great primer for any one interested in this region. I highly recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 26 July 2008
By M. Augusta L. Costa - Published on Amazon.com
It's an outstanding book that disscusses complex perspectives from the Middle East into an easy way. We could call it: Mastering the Middle East for Dummies!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well balanced scholarship 30 May 2006
By Farhad Homayoun - Published on Amazon.com
I have assigned this book to my course on foreign policy of the Middle East. I have done so specifically because it includes chapters written by some of the scholars known as Isreal's New Historians. Indivuals such Eugene Rogan and Avi Shlaim.

For the last twenty years Isreal's new historians have deconstructed a large number of Zionist myths using Isreal's own state archives. These have included facts about Isreal's singularly primary responsibility for creating the Palestinian refugee problem and Isreal's intransigence in face of the willingness of Arab states to negotiate peace with Isreal as early as 1949.

The works of Isreal's New Historians represents the interests of individual scholars in truth and sometimes justice. They represent the quality of debate taking place inside Isreal and in Europe in a sharp contrast to narrow, self serving, and mean spirited slogans that so often pass for Middle East sholarship in the US.

I have found my students appreciating the challenging viwes presented in Fawcett's book, often walking away with greater appreciation of the complexities of political issues.

I recomand this book very highly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Academia simply has to do better than this 17 Dec 2005
By Jill Malter - Published on Amazon.com
The Oxford University Press is responsible for printing this book. I would have hoped that the book would therefore be reasonably scholarly, and that it would contain valuable information for students who might be interested in this topic. However, when I saw the list of contributors, I no longer had much hope for this work.

I can't imagine trusting Eugene Rogan on the topic of Israel. And sure enough, he discusses the Arab failure to "save" the Levant from the "Zionist threat" as a sort of tragedy that has continued "to plague international relations of the region down to the present." Would it really have been better for the region to have robbed, expelled, banned, or slaughtered all the Jews there? I doubt it.

Charles Smith, the author of a very misleading book about the Arab-Israeli conflict, is not much better. He gives the impression that Israel, in 1967, attacked Arabs who were in the process of trying to avoid a war, claiming that Israel had information from the United States that the Arabs were not planning to attack. However, Israel actually did not go to war until the United States made it clear that it was not about to reopen the Straits of Tiran. If the United States in fact had information that the Arabs did not want a war, it would have told the Arabs how to avoid one (all the more so had it shared this information with Israel).

Avi Shlaim, another person I would never trust on the topic of Israel, makes hash of the history of the Camp David talks and the ensuing Arab aggression against Israel. And then we have the rabidly anti-Zionist Michael C. Hudson discuss the United States in the Middle East! Hudson does not like anything the United States has been up to there, and he blames it on the "neo-conservatives." Now, we would normally expect some discussion of what issues might have caused the neo-conservatives to worry about the Middle East in the first place, as well as what arguments they seem to have used to convince others. But Hudson treats the neo-conservatives as an unreasonable group of passionately pro-Israeli hawks. I think this is something like blaming American opposition to Germany in 1938 on an unreasonable group of passionately pro-Czechoslovakian hawks.

Rosemary Hollis has a chapter on Europe in the Middle East. And she even admits that the British "fell foul of the Zionist movement by attempting to limit the inflow of Jewish migrants" to the Levant. And she then says that "British attempts to block the entry" to the Levant "of Jews fleeing systematic extermination" were "indefensible." Well, um, these were more than mere "attempts." Much more. There was a White Paper in 1939. It was enforced. There were land restrictions too. And the Jewish reaction to that White Paper was realize that protection of Jewish rights in the Levant required the creation of a Jewish state. That's why Israel exists.

Hollis continues by explaining that the European community has "kept to the basic principle of implementing UN resolutions." And that "by contrast, the United States has been less faithful to the letter of international law." That's not true. Europe has been calling Jewish (but not Arab) settlements in the West Bank "illegal," even though international law has not deemed them as such. International law may be about to do so now, but that does not make Hollis correct.

This entire book is very misleading. It does our society a big disservice. After all, we human beings are trying to do useful things on this planet. And one thing we might want to do is come up with strategies to improve human happiness in the Middle East. If we all get taught that various problems involving Arab aggression have never existed, or are merely the result of serious provocations, it will be that much more difficult for us to improve the state of affairs in the region.
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