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The Changing Middle EastA New Look at Regional Dynamics$
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Bahgat Korany

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163531

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163531.001.0001

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Looking at the Middle East Differently: An Alternative Conceptual Lens

Looking at the Middle East Differently: An Alternative Conceptual Lens

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(p.7) 1 Looking at the Middle East Differently: An Alternative Conceptual Lens
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The Changing Middle East
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Bahgat Korany

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163531.003.0002

Focusing on change is required academically but it could also help in the elaboration of relevant policies to cope with the evolving challenges on the ground. One of the early manifestations of this steady change is the debate from within on the definition of the region and the emphasis on a distinct Arab identity. If the relationship between global and regional levels of analysis appeared to find a happy solution with the elaboration of the international subsystem concept, the problem of analyzing change remained marginalized. To be operational and applicable, such a research program has to go beyond being satisfied with a pure juxtaposition of disciplines if it is to be interdisciplinary and focused.

Keywords:   Middle East, Arab identity, change, research program

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