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
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).