Dialogues in Arab Politics

Negotiations in Regional Order

Michael N. Barnett

Columbia University Press

Dialogues in Arab Politics

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Pub Date: October 1998

ISBN: 9780231109192

376 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: October 1998

ISBN: 9780231109185

376 Pages

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Dialogues in Arab Politics

Negotiations in Regional Order

Michael N. Barnett

Columbia University Press

For decades, Arab states and societies have been involved in an ongoing conflict over the goals and norms of Arabism. In this comprehensive study, Michael Barnett explores the relationships between Arab identity, the meaning of Arabism, and desired regional order in the Middle East from 1920 to the present, focusing on Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. Barnett examines the state system in four distinct time frames: the mandate period to the establishment of the League of Arab States in 1945; 1945 through the Baghdad Pact of 1955; the Suez War through the 1967 war; and 1967 through the Gulf War. Within each of these time frames, the Arab states' relationship to unification, the West, and confrontation with Zionism are addressed.

Does Arab unity depend on excluding Western influences? Can an Arab state be at once Islamic and democratic? Why can't the Arab states agree on a common government? Barnett argues that the Arab states' symbolic and strategic interactions were responsible for the alterations in the norms of Arabism, and ultimately, the fragamentation that currently defines the region.
1. A Narrative of Arab Politics
2. The Game of Arab Politics
3. The Creation of "Arab" Polticis, 1920-1945
4. Securing Arabaism, 1945-1955
5. The Ascent and Descent of Arabism, 1956-1967
6. Sovereignty and Statism, 1967-1990
7. The End of the Arab States System?
8. The Making and Unmaking of Arab Politics

About the Author

Michael N. Barnett is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.