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US Democracy Promotion in the Middle East

The Pursuit of Hegemony, 1st Edition

By Dionysis Markakis


192 pages

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US Democracy Promotion in the Middle East seeks to explore the changes in US strategy towards democracy promotion in the Middle East during the Clinton and Bush administrations, with a particular focus on Egypt, Iraq and Kuwait.

At a time of regional turmoil and political reform, the topic of democracy promotion has never been more pertinent. We are witnessing the emergence of popular movements that are challenging authoritarian governments long supported by the US. Tracing the contours of the ongoing transition in US policy in the Middle East, this book critically deconstructs the strategy of democracy promotion on both a theoretical and empirical level. By formulating and applying an analytical framework derived from a Gramscian approach, Markakis seeks to propose a re-evaluation of what US foreign policy in the Middle East truly constitutes, critiquing both the ideological foundations of the strategy as well as the implementation.

This book will provide a solid foundation for the analysis of US policy and in particular the strategy of democracy promotion at this time of momentous transition across the region.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. The Analytical Framework: A Neo-Gramscian Approach 2. US Democracy Promotion: The Pursuit of Hegemony in the Aftermath of WWII 3. US Democracy Promotion in the Middle East: The Regional Approach 4. US Democracy Promotion in Egypt 5. US Democracy Promotion in Iraq 6. US Democracy Promotion in Kuwait. Conclusion

About the Author

Dionysis Markakis is the Research Associate at the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy

This new series sets out to publish high quality works by leading and emerging scholars critically engaging with United States Foreign Policy. The series welcomes a variety of approaches to the subject and draws on scholarship from international relations, security studies, international political economy, foreign policy analysis and contemporary international history.

Subjects covered include the role of administrations and institutions, the media, think tanks, ideologues and intellectuals, elites, transnational corporations, public opinion, and pressure groups in shaping foreign policy, US relations with individual nations, with global regions and global institutions and America’s evolving strategic and military policies.

The series aims to provide a range of books – from individual research monographs and edited collections to textbooks and supplemental reading for scholars, researchers, policy analysts, and students.

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