Statecraft in the Middle East : Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and Security, Hardback Book

Statecraft in the Middle East : Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and Security Hardback


What role do ideas play in state-building and state activity?

Thisbook argues that government policies in both foreign relationsand domestic politics must always be situated within a broaderideational and societal context.

Imad Mansour analyses how governments in thecontemporary Middle East have governed internally and acted externally basedon societal narratives, which bring together a variety of ideas about a society'shistory and place in the world.

He argues that there is a dominant societalnarrative that acts as a primary building block of statecraft, where statecraftis understood as an ongoing set of local, regional and global state-buildingprocesses.

Mansour investigates the ways in which statecraft in the Middle Easthas been guided by narratives through a close historical reading and comparativediscussion of the political activity of six states - Egypt, Israel, Syria, Turkey,Saudi Arabia and Iran - in the second half of the twentieth century and the earlytwenty-first century.

His book demonstrates the analytical power of narrativesin understanding statecraft and explains why governments' decisions need to beunderstood in complex ways.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
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  • Category: International relations
  • ISBN: 9781784535803

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