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The Middle East in International Relations


  • 5 maps 6 tables
  • Page extent: 388 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521597418 | ISBN-10: 0521597412)

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The international relations of the Middle East have long been dominated by uncertainty and conflict. External intervention, interstate war, political upheaval and interethnic violence are compounded by the vagaries of oil prices and the claims of military nationalist and religious movements. Fred Halliday sets this region and its conflicts in context, providing on the one hand, a historical introduction to its character and problems, and, on the other, a reasoned analysis of its politics. In an engagement with both the study of the Middle East and the theoretical analysis of international relations, Halliday, one of the best known and most respected scholars writing on the region today, offers a compelling and original interpretation. Written in a clear, accessible and interactive style, the book is designed for students, policymakers, and the general reader. Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is the author and editor of several publications including Two Hours that Shook the World: September 11, 2001: Causes and Consequences (Tauris, 2002), Islam & the Myth of Confrontation (Tauris, 2002), The World at 2000: Perils and Promises (Macmillan, 2001), and Nation and Religion in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner, 2000).


Introduction; Part I. Concepts, States and Regions: 1. International relations of the Middle East: five approaches; 2. The making of foreign policy: states and societies; Part II. History: 3. The formation of the modern Middle East: global economy, state formation, world war; 4. The Cold War: global conflict, regional upheavals; 5. After the Cold War: the maturing of the 'Greater West Asian Crisis'; Part III. Analytic Issues: 6. Military conflict: war, revolt, strategic rivalry; 7. Modern ideologies: political and religious; 8. Challenges to the state: transnational movements; 9. International political economy: regional and global; Part IV. Conclusion: 10. The Middle East in international perspective.


"In his new book...Mr. Halliday offers an authoritative analysis of the armed conflict, social upheaval and political economics that formed the background to the attack on America in 2001 and the invasion of Iraq nearly two years later." The Economist

"For the past ten years, I have been teaching a course on international relations of the Middle East, and each year Ihope to find a book that will serve as a thoughtful, provocative, and informed introduction to the topic for bright undergraduate students. Now I think I have found the book with the publication of Fred Halliday's The Middle East in International Relations"
The International History Review, William B. Quandt, University of Virginia

"This book is a rich feast, in its language, opinion, conceptual analysis, and overarching vision."
Middle East Journal

"Of the dozens of scholars who have sought to explain developments in the Middle East since 9/11, few are better equipped for the task than is Fred Halliday."
Douglas Little, The Geographical Reviews

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