Revolutionary Changes, Power Dynamics, and Regional Rivalries

This collection explores foreign and security policy of regional great powers such as Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and their roles in the construction of the new Middle East.

The Middle East Reloaded

The Middle East is a center of ceaseless global attention. Since 2011, the long awaited and much celebrated Arab Spring uprisings portended a major shift in the politics of the Arab World. Notably, a number of Arab states witnessed institutional and constitutional shifts that put them on the path of transition to liberalization and democracy. Nevertheless, the Arab Spring followed a violent and unpredictable course. Although its events marked a break in the continuity of authoritarian dominance, most of its changes have not ultimately proved to be turning points in democratic development. The Arab Spring phenomenon witnessed a set of uprisings and even would-be-revolutions, but no great revolutionary change.

Edited by Professor Philipp Amour of prestigious Sakarya University, this volume presents the work of numerous distinguished scholars, including many native to the region, who explore the fascinating variety of factors behind the rise and fall of the Arab Spring. As they establish, regional polarization and rivalries are the principal accompanying phenomena and side effects of the Arab Spring, and they will demand the world’s attention for decades to come. Power dynamics between and among regional great powers have invited proactive, protracted, and very topical military and diplomatic involvement in domestic and regional politics. Some of these interventions will uphold the status quo, while others seem more likely to modify it for the powers’ strategic advantage.

This collection explores foreign and security policy of regional great powers such as Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and their roles in the construction of the new Middle East.

ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-68053-070-4; release date: August 1, 2018; trim size: 6x9; pages: 352
  • Chapter 1 Philipp O. Amour: Revolutionary Changes, Power Dynamics, and Regional Rivalries since the Arab Spring: An Introduction, p. 1
  • Chapter 2 Sean Foley: Change at Its Best: Arts, the Arab Spring, and the New Middle East, p. 23
  • Chapter 3 Ufiem Maurice Ogbonnaya: Arab Spring Determinants in North Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia, p. 57
  • Chapter 4 Ayfer Erdogan: What Do the Post-Communist Transitions Imply for the Post-Arab Spring MENA?, p. 81
  • Chapter 5 Elizabeth Bishop: “Domination of the Corrupt Clique:” Coups and Communications Revolutions in the U.S. and Arab Middle East, p. 109
  • Chapter 6 Paul Kubicek: Debating the Merits of the “Turkish Model” for Democratization in the Middle East, p. 145
  • Chapter 7 Moritz Pieper: From Zero Problems with Neighbors to Zero Neighbors without Problems: Turkish-Iranian Relations Before and After the Syrian Crisis, p. 171
  • Chapter 8 Philipp O. Amour: The Arab Spring movement: The Failed Revolution. Preliminary Theoretical and Empirical Deliberation, p. 199
  • Chapter 9 Rosa Vane: Employing Militarization as a Means of Maintaining the ‘Ruling Bargain': The Case of the United Arab Emirates, p. 225
  • Chapter 10 Sefacan Yılmazel: Turkey’s Foreign Relations in the Wake of the Syrian Civil War: Turkey’s Syria Strategy and Alliance Management, p. 285
  • Chapter 11 Mark Fuechec: Challenges to Economic and Political Liberalization Under the Deauville Partnership with Arab States: Gulf Competition in Transition States, p. 321
  • Index, p. 347

Philipp O. Amour is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies at Sakarya University’s department of International Relations and at Middle East Institute. He studied at Fribourg University (Switzerland) Contemporary History and Political Science and at Bern University Islamic Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East. His research lies in two areas of qualitative and empirical research combined with underlying International Relations theory. He has published articles and book chapters on the Middle East, Israel and Palestine, notably in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and Historical methods, among others. Philipp Amour is frequently a visiting professor at Boğaziçi University.

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  • Middle East Studies
  • International Relations
    • Theories of revolution
    • Democracy and democratization
    • Security system
    • Regional order
    • Alliances
    • Security
    • Foreign policy

Regional and Country Expertise

  • Gulf region
  • Middle East and North Africa
    • Egypt
    • Iran
    • Qatar
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • United Arab Emirates