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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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Globalization and Arab Foreign Policies: Constraints or Marginalization?

Globalization and Arab Foreign Policies: Constraints or Marginalization?

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The Foreign Policies of Arab States

Bahgat Korany

Ali E. Hillal Dessouki

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter analyzes the globalization process. It starts by identifying the specific elements of the Arab region that affect its relations with the global system. It then reviews Arab government and intellectual debates on globalization and deals with the question of to what extent Arab states are integrated into the global system. Finally, it discusses the impact of globalization on Arab foreign policies. The four factors which account for the specificity of the Arab region are Islam, cultural homogeneity, oil, and the protracted Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Two major concepts have galvanized Arab debates, namely “new world order” and globalization. The analysis thus far suggests that globalization reinforced the limitations and constraints already existing on Arab foreign policies and added new possibilities of marginalization.

Keywords:   Arab region, global system, Islam, oil, Palestine

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