1st Edition

Syrian Foreign Policy The Alliances of a Regional Power

By Francesco Belcastro Copyright 2019
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    182 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Examining Syrian foreign policy during the Ba’th years from 1963 to 1989, this book traces the alliances of the Levantine country from a historical perspective and in the context of recent political developments.

    Syrian Foreign Policy analyses the pivotal alliances of Damascus using a theoretical framework based on neoclassical realism, an approach which incorporates domestic factors succh as the role of ideology within a realist perspective. Covering Syria’s relations with Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Soviet Union, it asks the question: what led to the formation of each alliance and what has caused either its break up or its continuation? Belcastro seeks to answer this questions, but also reflects on the country’s foreign policy today and its broader implications for Syria and the whole region.

    Making use of case studies to build upon a strong theoretical analysis, this book will be useful to students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics, as well as politics and International Relations more generally.

    Part 1: Foreign Policy and Alliances  1. Introduction  2. The Alliances of an Authoritarian Regime  3. Alternative Explanations  Part 2: The Alliances of Syria  4. The Foreign Policy of Syria  5. Syria and Egypt  6. Syria and Jordan  7. Syria and Iraq  8. Syria and Iran  9. Syria and the KSA  10. Syria and the USSR  Part 3: Alliances and Beyond  11. Alliances and Beyond: The Foreign Policy of Syria  12. Conclusion


    Francesco Belcastro is a Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Derby and a Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews.