Conclusion: Foreign Policy, Globalization, and the Arab Dilemma of Change
The four general chapters and the nine case studies in this book offer a wealth of information. This information deals not only with relatively under-researched foreign policies of some countries but also with under-researched aspects like the making of foreign policy. At the heart of the analysis n is the question of how Arab countries cope with the accelerated and multidimensional change characteristic of increasing global interconnectedness. This interconnectedness is no longer primarily interstate but intersocietal, ranging from the flow of tourists and international capital. While many aspects of change have made huge inroads, such as the number of internet users, satellite information, the privatization of the economy, liberalization, and the rise of civil society organizations as well as political parties, rigid belief systems concerning modes of political governance continue to prevail. As a result, the foreign policies of many Arab states have so far failed to restructure in response to new internal and external contexts.
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