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Power, mobility, and the state

How does migration feature in states’ diplomatic agendas across the Middle East? Until recently, popular wisdom often held that migration is an important socio-economic, rather than political, phenomenon. Migration diplomacy in the Middle East counters this expectation by providing the first systematic examination of the foreign policy importance of migrants, refugees, and diasporas in the Global South. Gerasimos Tsourapas examines how emigration-related processes become embedded in governmental practices of establishing and maintaining power; how states engage with migrant and diasporic communities residing in the West; how oil-rich Arab monarchies have extended their support for a number of sending states’ ruling regimes via cooperation on labour migration; and, finally, how labour and forced migrants may serve as instruments of political leverage. Drawing on multi-sited fieldwork and data collection and employing a range of case studies across the Middle East and North Africa, Tsourapas enhances existing understandings of regional migration governance in the Global South. The book identifies how the management of cross-border mobility in the Middle East is not primarily dictated by legal, moral, or human rights considerations but driven by states’ actors key concern – political power. Offering key insights into the history and current migration policy dilemmas, the book will provide both novices and specialists with fresh insights on migration into, out of, and across the modern Middle East.

Aylin Güney
Emre İşeri
, and
Gökay Özerim

printing houses (e.g. Cambridge University Press, Manchester University Press, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Westview Press). Among these international textbooks without Turkish translation (to be published by Turkish publishing house Felix Publishing House), Louise Fawcett’s edited volume International Relations of the Middle East ( 2016 ) has been widely used in Middle Eastern courses taught in English. A Turkish translation (published by Turkish publishing house Agora Kitaplığı) of William Cleveland and

in Knowledge production in higher education
Open Access (free)
Edward Wastnidge
Simon Mabon

of the politics and international relations of the Middle East. In this closing set of remarks, we will offer some concluding thoughts based on the contributions, and also discuss what the different approaches employed here can offer for understanding the rivalry, and indeed other similarly fraught geopolitical relationships more broadly. We will also look to the present and future possible trends in a relationship that now appears to be moving slowly towards a cautious détente, and what this could mean for the region

in Saudi Arabia and Iran
Raymond Hinnebusch

main key to regional order. This book will survey the international relations of the Middle East through an examination of three of its central aspects or problems: (1) The emergence of a unique regional system , itself a product of core–periphery relations (treated in chapter 2 ) and the conflict of identity and sovereignty (examined in chapter 3 ); (2) The determinants of Middle Eastern states’ international behaviour : chapter 4 examines state formation and chapter 5 the foreign policy process in the Middle East. chapter 6 uses

in The international politics of the Middle East
Raymond Hinnebusch

state parties and Arabism became an official ideology used to legitimise the sometimes state-centric policies of individual states. Political Islam and the international relations of the Middle East Whether political Islam – which rose parallel with the decline of Arabism from the late 1970s – constitutes a functional substitute for Arabism as a supra-state ideology is a matter of debate. It is far from clear that Islam similarly detracts from the legitimacy of the individual states. Vatikiotis (1987: 42–4) argues that

in The international politics of the Middle East
Constructing security in historical perspective
Jonathan B. Isacoff

-line militaristic, worldview with regard to the international relations of the Middle East generally, and the Palestinian–Israeli peace process specifically. Israeli politics during the 1990s reveal a very clear picture of the contrast between the militaristic and moderate worldviews with regard to resolving the Palestinian question. For the latter part of 1993, while Netanyahu established himself as leader of the

in Redefining security in the Middle East
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The politics and purpose of United Arab Emirates economic statecraft in the Horn of Africa
Karen E. Young
Taimur Khan

, DC: Council on Foreign Relations, Brookings Institution). 11 A. Ehteshami and R. Hinnebusch, ‘Foreign policymaking in the Middle East: complex realism’, in L. Fawcett (ed.), International Relations of the Middle East (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4th edn, 2016), pp. 239–258. 12 K. E. Young

in The Gulf States and the Horn of Africa