Beyond Regionalism?: Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Beyond Regionalism?

Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East, 1st Edition

By Matteo Legrenzi

Edited by Cilja Harders

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222 pages

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Regional cooperation, regionalism and regionalization in the Middle East are usually considered to be weak and rather ceremonial. However, since September 11, 2001, a new regional order is emerging and the impact of geostrategic changes in the international environment has yet to be satisfactorily studied. With older regional organizations suffering from weaknesses, new forms appear to be developing and flourishing, due either to European support or growing sub-regional identities. This volume offers refined theoretical models and approaches which are attuned to the new dynamics and contradictions of a wide range of regionalist projects in the contemporary Middle East. Case studies of the most important regional organizations in different policy fields offer comprehensive overviews of the main actors, institutions, historical development and current issues.

Reviews

'The great strength of this collection is its eclectic mix of theoretical approaches and topical foci. The authors come to different conclusions about the prospects for regional cooperation in various areas of the Middle East and around different issues, allowing the reader to appreciate the range of debates on these issues. F. Gregory Gause, III, University of Vermont, USA '…tackles the critical question why the Middle East - unlike most other regions - has failed to develop robust institutions to promote regional security and development. In reviewing the contemporary challenges faced by Middle Eastern states, it offers strong analysis and valuable case studies to explore the limits and opportunities of cooperation in a troubled region.' Louise Fawcett, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, UK

About the Author/Editor

Cilja Harders is a Professor of Political Science and Head of the Centre for Middle Eastern and North African Politics, Freie Universtät Berlin, Germany. Matteo Legrenzi is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada.

About the Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series

The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series
The International Political Economy of New Regionalisms Series presents innovative analyses of a range of novel regional relations and institutions. Going beyond established, formal, interstate economic organizations, this essential series provides informed interdisciplinary and international research and debate about myriad heterogeneous intermediate-level interactions. Reflective of its cosmopolitan and creative orientation, this series is developed by an international editorial team of established and emerging scholars in both the South and North. It reinforces ongoing networks of analysts in both academia and think-tanks as well as international agencies concerned with micro-, meso- and macro-level regionalisms.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General