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The Foreign Policies of Arab StatesThe Challenge of Globalization$
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Bahgat Korany and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163609

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163609.001.0001

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Foreign Policies of Arab States

(p.1) Introduction
The Foreign Policies of Arab States

Bahgat Korany

Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

American University in Cairo Press

There are four suggested reasons for the noticeable poverty in the established literature on the foreign policies of Arab states. Firstly has been the underdeveloped state of the subdiscipline of foreign policy analysis with reference to the global south, the former “third world”. A second factor has been the limited availability of data in rapidly changing environments, in which foreign policy affairs have often been shrouded in secrecy. Third, students of Arab politics have tended to focus their attention on regional political dynamics, marginalizing the analysis of single-actor behavior and its linkage to the established body of theory. Fourth, there has been a methodological weakness and lack of analytical rigor in the literature on the Arab countries, This book deals with Arab states as “cases” and seeks to apply the explanatory power of certain concepts and propositions in foreign policy theories to understanding them.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Latin America, globalization, regional politics, Islamic

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