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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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The Middle East in a decade of globalisation (1991–2001)

The Middle East in a decade of globalisation (1991–2001)

(p.204) 8 The Middle East in a decade of globalisation (1991–2001)
The International Politics of the Middle East

Raymond Hinnebusch

Manchester University Press

This chapter assesses the renewed destabilising impact of international attempts to reshape the regional order in an age of unipolarity and globalisation. For much of the world, globalisation is associated with growing interdependence and the spread of ‘zones of peace’. In the Middle East, the decade of globalisation was ushered in by war, was marked by intrusive US hegemony, renewed economic dependency on the core and continuing insecurity, and ended with yet another round of war in 2001. In the latest case, the 11 September events, the particular character of the crisis was shaped by the dominant features of the current international system, namely US hegemony and globalisation. The US response, an intensification of its military intervention in the region, appears likely to exacerbate the problem it seeks to address.

Keywords:   regional order, unipolarity, globalisation, US hegemony, Gulf War, September 11, military intervention

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