1st Edition

Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security

Edited By Anders Jägerskog, Michael Schulz, Ashok Swain Copyright 2019
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Routledge Handbook on Middle East Security provides the first comprehensive look at Middle East security issues that includes both traditional and emerging security threats.

    Taking a broad perspective on security, the volume offers both analysis grounded in the ‘hard’ military and state security discourse but also delves into the ‘soft’ aspects of security employing a human security perspective. As such the volume addresses imminent challenges to security, such as the ones relating directly to the war in Syria, but also the long-term challenges. The traditional security problems, which are deep-seated, are at risk of being exacerbated also by a lack of focus on emerging vulnerabilities in the region. While taking as a point of departure the prevalent security discourse, the volume also goes beyond the traditional focus on military or state security and consider non-traditional security challenges.

    This book provides a state-of-the-art review of research on the key challenges for security in the Middle East; it will be a key resource for students and scholars interested in Security Studies, International Relations, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.

    PART I: Global Contemporary Security Trends and the Middle East

    1. Perspectives on Middle East Security: An introduction

    Anders Jägerskog, Michael Schulz, and Ashok Swain

    2. Shifts in the Global Political and Economic Landscape and Consequences for the Middle East and North Africa

    Alexander Atarodi

    3. Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa: An Attempt at Reframing

    Joost R. Hiltermann

    4. U.S. Middle East Policy

    Stephen Zunes

    5. External Intervention in the Gulf

    Matteo Legrenzi and Fred H. Lawson

    6. The Security Implications of the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict

    Michael Schulz

    7. The Future of Iraq’s Security

    Ibrahim Al-Marashi

    8. Security and Syria: From "the Security State" to the Source of Multiple Insecurities

    Philippe Droz-Vincent

    9. Humanitarian Aid to a Middle East in Crisis

    Roger Hearn

    10. Peacebuilding in the Middle East

    Karin Aggestam and Lisa Strömbom

    PART II: Energy, Resource Issues, and Climate Change As Security Issues in the Middle East

    11. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the MENA region: securities of the future

    Martin Keulertz and Tony Allan

    12. The Multidimensional Aspect of Water Security in the Middle East and North Africa

    Neda A. Zawahri

    13. Food Security in the Middle East

    Hussein Amery

    14. Climate-Related Security Risks in the Middle East

    Dan Smith and Florian Krampe

    15. The Nile and the Middle East: interlinkages between two regional security complexes and its hydropolitical dynamics

    Ana Elisa Cascão, Rawia Tawfik and Mark Zeitoun

    16. Water and Security in the Middle East – Opportunities and Challenges for Water Diplomacy

    Martina Klimes and Elizabeth Yaari

    PART III: Migration, Political Economy, Democratization, Identity and Gender Issues and Security in the Middle East

    17. Large-Scale Population Migration and Insecurity in the Middle East

    Ashok Swain & Jonathan Hall

    18. Security and Political Economy in the Middle East

    Raymond Hinnebusch

    19. The Governance Deficit in the Middle East Region

    Michelle Pace

    20. The halting process of democratization in the Arab World: Current Challenges and future prospects

    Hamdy A. Hassan. And Hassanein T. Ali

    21. Democracy and Security in the post-Arab Spring Middle East

    Rex Brynen

    22. Sunni-Shi’i Relations and the Iran-Saudi Security Dynamic

    Simon Mabon and Nic Coombs

    23. Muslim Women and (In)Security: A Palestinian Paradox

    Maria Holt


    Anders Jägerskog (PhD) is Senior Water Resources Management Specialist at the Global Water Practice at the World Bank. His work focuses mainly on the Middle East and North Africa region. He is also Associate Professor (Docent) in Peace and Development Research, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is frequently consulted in national and international media on global water, conflict and security issues in the Africa and MENA region.

    Michael Schulz (PhD) is Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has published over 100 scientific articles, book chapters, debate articles and reports, and in particular extensively on issues in the Middle East and North Africa region, dealing with security, civil resistance, democracy and state building, conflicts, and regionalism.

    Ashok Swain is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, and the Director of the Research School of International Water Cooperation at Uppsala University, Sweden. He received his PhD from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1991, and since then he has been teaching at Uppsala University. He has written extensively on new security challenges, water sharing issues, environment, conflict and peace, and democratic development issues.