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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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Identity and sovereignty in the regional system

Identity and sovereignty in the regional system

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(p.54) 3 Identity and sovereignty in the regional system
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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/9780719053450.003.0003

This chapter notes that the incongruity of identity and territory continues to destabilise the politics of the Middle East and to significantly qualify the Westphalian model. While Arab states have consolidated their sovereignty in the face of supra-state ideology, in the making of foreign policy, legitimacy requires their leaders must still balance between the two. Inter-Arab politics arguably remains qualitatively different from ‘international’ politics. Irredentist conflicts continue to bedevil two near-nation-states, Turkey and Israel. Meanwhile, Iran embraces its communal mosaic and projects its foreign policy under an Islamic banner.

Keywords:   nation-building, Middle East, Westphalian model, Arab states, Arab politics, Turkey, Israel, Iran

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