Statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa: The Aftermath of Regime Change, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Statebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa

The Aftermath of Regime Change, 1st Edition

By Irene Costantini


186 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the regime changes in Iraq and Libya to unravel the complexity of statebuilding in countries emerging from authoritarianism and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Framed in a comparative study of post-2003 Iraq and post-2011 Libya, the book examines changes in key state dimensions – representation and political authority, security, and wealth creation and distribution – in a continuous dialogue with past trajectories in these two countries. To grasp the nature and degree of these changes, the mechanisms of state formation are explored in light of a statebuilding agenda that, in its application from Iraq to Libya, has adapted to different political prerogatives. The analysis of Iraq and Libya serves the book’s ultimate goal to address the debate on statebuilding from a regional (MENA) perspective and to lay the ground for the study of other contemporary cases undergoing radical and violent process of changes, such as in Syria and Yemen. The book grapples with problems associated with the difficult process of transition from authoritarianism through conflict and towards peace by focusing on the state, its structure and function. The work is informed by a large quantity of materials collected over the past five years, including secondary literature, policy papers and reports, and semi-structured interviews with key informants on Iraq and Libya.

This book will be of much interest to students of statebuilding, Middle Eastern studies, peace and conflict studies, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. On State Transformation

3. The State in the Middle East and North Africa

4. Iraq and Libya: Under the Iron Fist

5. From 'Armed Liberalism' and R2P to Statebuilding

6. Gone is the "One Man in Command"

7. From Military Regime to Militias’ Rule

8. Rentier States at War

9. Conflict and the State in the Middle East and North Africa

10. Conclusion

About the Author

Irene Costantini is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Naples, "L'Orientale", Italy. She was previously a research fellow at the Middle East Research Institute, Erbil, Iraq and at the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, University of York, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

The series publishes monographs and edited collections analysing a wide range of policy interventions associated with statebuilding. It asks broader questions about the dynamics, purposes and goals of this interventionist framework and assesses the impact of externally-guided policy-making.

Advisory Board: Berit Bliesemann de Guevara, Aberystwyth University; Morten Boas, NUPI; Adam Branch, San Diego State University; David Chandler, University of Westminster; Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds; Luke Glanville, Australian National University; Shahar Hameiri, Murdoch University; John Heathershaw, University of Exeter; Eric Heinze, University of Oklahoma; Robert Murray, University of Alberta; Lee P. M. Seymour, University of Amsterdam; Timea Spitka, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Africa / North
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Middle East / Iraq
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security