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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 Policy Analysis in the Global Era and the World of the Arabs

Foreign Policy Analysis in the Global Era and the World of the Arabs

(p.9) 1 Foreign Policy Analysis in the Global Era and the World of the Arabs
The Foreign Policies of Arab States

Bahgat Korany

Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter looks at the place and evolution of foreign policy analysis and situates “the Arabs” in the era of globalization. The twenty-first century opened with two big bangs for the Arab world. It is argued that this century was in fact initiated in the early 1990s when the cold war ended and one of its superpower protagonists, the USSR, collapsed and disappeared. With its unexpected disappearance, external constraints were increased rather than decreased, and the Arab foreign policy world with its East-West dimension was disturbed. The other “big bang” to affect Arab regional politics was the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against New York and Washington which had a traumatizing effect on the American and Western public generally. Though Arab states were not a direct party to this, they had to suffer many of its regional and global consequences.

Keywords:   globalization, foreign policy, Israel, USSR, September 11, terrorists

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