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Syrian Foreign Policy

The Alliances of a Regional Power, 1st Edition

By Francesco Belcastro


172 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foreign Policy and Alliances

1. Introduction

2. The Alliances of an Authoritarian Regime

3. Alternative Explanations

Part II: 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 Saudi Arabia

10. Syria and the USSR

Part III: Alliances and Beyond

11. Alliances and Beyond

12. Conclusion

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge/ St. Andrews Syrian Studies Series

This series aims to be the major venue for the dissemination of research on modern Syria. Although it will not neglect Syria’s past, the focus is on the current conflict. It showcases work that locates cutting edge empirical research within innovative theoretical frameworks from all disciplines on, for example, social movements, civil wars, intervention, identity conflicts, failed states, post-war reconstruction, authoritarian resilience, and non-state governance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies