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The International Politics of the Middle East$
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Raymond Hinnebusch

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719053450

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719053450.001.0001

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Introduction to the international politics of the Middle East

Introduction to the international politics of the Middle East

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(p.1) 1 Introduction to the international politics of the Middle East
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The International Politics of the Middle East
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Raymond Hinnebusch

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719053450.003.0001

This study takes the Middle East to be constituted around an Arab core, with a shared identity but fragmented into multiple territorial states; the core is flanked by a periphery of non-Arab states—Turkey, Iran and Israel—which are an intimate part of the region's conflicts and an integral part of its balance of power. This chapter argues that the Middle East is the epicentre of world crisis, chronically war-prone and the site of the world's most protracted conflicts. It also argues that that the roots of conflict and much state behaviour are found in the peculiar historical construction of the regional system.

Keywords:   Turkey, Iran, Israel, Middle East, world crisis, state behaviour, regional system, Arab core

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