Analysing Middle Eastern Foreign Policies: The Relationship by Gerd Nonneman

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By Gerd Nonneman

Within the post-9/11 weather, the position of center jap and North African (MENA) states in Europe’s nearby safety surroundings and foreign politics has develop into greater than ever a spotlight for recognition, yet is still ill-understood. This e-book offers a framework for the research of heart jap international guidelines usually, and for realizing those states’ relatives with Europe specifically. The publication fills a spot within the literature on Euro-Middle japanese family members by means of adopting a south-to-north viewpoint, utilizing the instruments of overseas coverage research to envision the determinants of the overseas rules of the MENA states themselves: basically hence can one wish to reach at a real realizing of what underlies those states’ evolving coverage orientations and behavior in the direction of Europe. the amount begins by way of laying out a conceptual framework for research, and reading the household, nearby, and overseas environments that MENA international rules. genuine coverage output is then systematically investigated via quite a lot of nation case experiences starting from the Maghreb and the Mashreq to the Gulf and Turkey. Europe is handled all through either as a objective of these international guidelines, and as a part of the surroundings that shapes them. the results of a two-year undertaking backed through the ecu collage Institute’s Mediterranean Programme, the e-book is helping bridge the divide among center East services and the self-discipline of diplomacy. The systematic comparative research of MENA states’ international coverage with exact connection with Europe throws new mild on questions on ‘Third international’ international coverage.

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Yemen’s relationship with the GCC as a whole and its attempts to gain a closer association with the grouping is similarly predicated on Yemeni economic needs, but suffers from lingering resentment over Yemen’s position during the Gulf war, and, more fundamentally, from the country’s very poverty, the state’s incomplete political control and its size as a potential threat. In turn, the five small GCC states’ foreign relations are shaped to a significant extent by their proximity to their vastly larger and more powerful Saudi neighbor – bringing a mix of opportunities and constraints (the latter in turn giving rise to strategies to overcome them, by looking beyond the Gulf: Qatar is perhaps the prime example).

Pp. 16–38: p. 17. This is a useful review of the ‘Washington Consensus’ and critiques of it, along with a careful examination of the case of the southern Mediterranean countries. 13. ), Perspectives on Development, pp. 75–88, as well as the contributions from Jon Marks, Grahame Thompson and Bernard Hoekman in the same volume. 14. Hunt, ‘Development Economics, the Washington Consensus, and the European–Mediterranean Partnership Initiative’, p. 30. 15. See Michael Barnett, Dialogues in Arab Politics (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998); Stephen Walt, The Origin of Alliances (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987); F.

Those factors may be ‘material’ – such as domestic political structure and interests, economic profile, and strategic position – as well as ‘ideational’, in the perceptions and world views of the leaderships (the latter in turn shaped by the interplay between the regional, domestic and international ideational and material environments). Two significant irritants are European reluctance genuinely to open up its own market in key sectors such as agriculture and petrochemicals and European political pressure over political reform (made more problematic albeit perhaps more necessary in a context of painful economic adjustment).

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