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The Foreign Policies of Arab StatesThe Challenge of Globalization$

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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(p.ix) Acknowledgments

(p.ix) Acknowledgments

Source:
The Foreign Policies of Arab States
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American University in Cairo Press

The second edition of this work was published in 1991, and was out of date by 1995. We hesitated to update it further, believing that the globalization, post-cold war, and post-9/11 contexts necessitated more than a straightforward update. This newly revised third edition is essentially a new book, but its objectives remain unchanged:

To offer, in a manageable size, field data and analysis of the foreign policies of as many pivotal Arab countries as possible.

To establish a bridge, using empirical analysis, between Middle East ‘Area Studies’ with its rootedness in the region and foreign policy theories with their rich store of concepts and methodologies.

When we thought of this project more than twenty-six years ago and then published it in 1984, we were not at all sure of the results. Published reviews by prominent experts of the region were supportive and encouraging. Many foreign policy theorists, who usually do not read Area Studies texts, seemed informed by our analysis, as references by B. Badie, M. Brecher, C. Hill, K. Holsti, C. Kegley, M. Herman, and J. Rosenau among others. The positive impact of the project suggested that Middle East specialists could go from being mere consumers of theory to being contributors to it.

This success could not have been achieved without our coauthors. The project was from the start an intercultural endeavor, with contributions by scholars from the region and those from the outside who interacted extensively with it. Over the years, it became intergenerational as well.

Our first thanks go naturally to our coauthors, without whose help this project would not have materialized in its present form.

The American University in Cairo (AUC) has been very supportive of this project. We wish to thank everyone who participated in the project's (p.x) AUC-sponsored workshop of June 2006. Special thanks go to Halah Mohsen, then the provost's assistant for special projects, who helped organize it.

This is the first publication of the AUC Forum for author Affairs, the establishment of which was suggested by AUC President David Arnold and which is already carrying out an important function in promoting AUC's international visibility. Both of us would like to extend our warmest thanks to Professor Tim Sullivan, a fellow political scientist, and provost of AUC, for his continued support and interest, which have gone far beyond the call of his formal duties.

Shaima Ragab, the efficient assistant to the director of the AUC Forum, joined the project more than halfway through but steered it skillfully to its end as though she had been there right from the start. Ali E. Hillal Dessouki would like to thank his research assistant Youssef Wardany. Financially, we preferred this book to be a lonely venture. We did not receive nor did we apply for any outside financial support.

Our thanks go also to the American University in Cairo Press for their enthusiasm all along for this project, specifically to Mark Linz, Randi Danforth, Abdalla Hassan, and Sumita Pahwa. Last but not least, we would like to reiterate our thanks to our respective spouses, Margaret Korany and Eglal Dessouki, for their unwavering support and understanding since this project's inception. During times of pressure, they made up for our absence from our children, and now our grandchildren.

This edition is the culmination of our long-standing friendship, one unaffected by differences in institutional affiliation, or academic or political attachment. We have enjoyed working together immensely.

Bahgat Korany and Ali E. Hillal Dessouki