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There is a method to the apparent madness of Arab politics. In a region where friends can become enemies and enemies become friends seemingly at the drop of the hat, Curtis Ryan argues that there is logic to be found. Through fourteen years of field research and interviews with key policy makers, Ryan examines the remarkably stable Jordan as a microcosm of the region’s politics. He traces the last four decades of Jordanian foreign policy in an attempt to better understand what seems like chaos.

What Ryan finds is an approach that is fundamentally different from alliances made in the West, in both how and why they are made. With governmental change and upheaval occurring on a seemingly regular basis, Arab nations approach diplomacy with much different means and potential ends. The impact of this diplomacy is arguably the most immediate in the world today, as conflict with words and conflict with weapons are sometimes separated by mere days.

The topic of international relations in the Arab world is as complex as it is important. Ryan gives the reader the theoretical background, and shows its direct applicability through the foreign policy of Jordan.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Part I: Dynamics of Alliances and Inter-Arab Politics
  2. p. 1
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  1. 1. Regime Security, Alliances, and Inter-Arab Politics
  2. pp. 3-22
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  1. 2. Security Dilemmas in Arab Politics
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. 3. Ideology and Political Economy in Inter-Arab Alliances
  2. pp. 43-60
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  1. 4. The Case Studies and Jordanian Policy in Context
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. Part II: Arab Alliances and Jordanian Foreign Policy under King Hussein
  2. p. 69
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  1. 5. Jordan and the October War Coalition
  2. pp. 71-83
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  1. 6. The Jordanian Alliance with Syria
  2. pp. 84-97
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  1. 7. The Jordanian Alliance with Iraq
  2. pp. 98-112
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  1. 8. Jordan and the Arab Cooperation Council
  2. pp. 113-126
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  1. 9. Jordan and the First U.S.-Iraq War
  2. pp. 127-144
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  1. 10. Beyond Arab Alliances?: Jordan’s Peace with Israel
  2. pp. 145-164
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  1. Part III: Arab Alliances and Jordanian Foreign Policy under King Abdullah II
  2. p. 165
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  1. 11. Ending the Jordanian-Syrian Cold War
  2. pp. 167-183
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  1. 12. Jordan and the Second U.S.-Iraq War
  2. pp. 184-203
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  1. 13. Regime Security and Shifting Arab Alliances
  2. pp. 204-210
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 211-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 265
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813039961
Related ISBN
9780813033075
MARC Record
OCLC
746746868
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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