An overview of the middle east peace process in international studies

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The focus is squarely on the Arab-Israeli context in general, and the Palestinian-Israeli context in particular. As a result of the peace process, and the debates it has engendered, increasing political polarization and radicalization has occurred, both between state and society, and between different social groups. All these outcomes have subsequently emerged: whether military coups in the and s to replace the regimes installed by former colonial powers and the persistence of high level military influence; an Islamic revolution in Iran with spillovers elsewhere; and an anti-western movement appealing to Islamic solidarity, which has characterized different periods of the region's history—right through to the present. Amnesty International. By taking up this challenge you are getting ready to go beyond your initial assumptions. However, from the perspective of , neither the US nor the European powers—the most active exponents of the Bush vision—could claim any durable successes. In particular, the international system and its component parts were defined, for the most part, by the nation state as it developed historically in Europe and was institutionalized through the hegemony of academic and policy-oriented elites in the United States in the post-Second World War era. The outwardly robust Gulf Cooperation Council—the exemplary regional grouping—has been weakened and the new ascendency of the Gulf states remains volatile. A few broad questions put onto the syllabus for each seminar session will form the bedrock of the seminar discussion. It introduces the student into the politics of the Middle East, an area with many ramifications into world politics security, lobbying, among other. Finally, the book examines the significance of ecopolitics in security agendas in the Middle East. Partly as a result of these concerns, tensions and disputes over borders — an important aspect of traditional security concerns — became an issue of paramount importance between states. Selected readings for each weekly seminar and the course syllabus, including information on where publications can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand - will be posted on Blackboard before the start of the course. Border contestation and territorial disputes, and the controversial legacy of western influence, have been an ever present feature during the nearly year history of MENA and have been brought into sharp relief by the spillovers from the Arab uprisings that started late in and the effects of which continue to unfold. However, since the end of the Cold War, the types of conflict characterizing the Middle East have undergone a profound transformation, requiring new ways of thinking about threat, danger and protection.

And most important you will reflect upon whether this conflict has been an obstacle for democracy in this part of the world or whether poor democracy or lack of it made progress more difficult. The Oslo process, as it has come to be known, had the effect of bypassing the very public Madrid agendas and allowed for concrete efforts and results between the Palestinian and Israeli sides without the glare of publicity and attention or the opportunity for hard-liners opposed to such negotiations to derail them.

Conflict is closely related to access to clean water and its distribution. Gerges's list of regional powers included Iran, Turkey and Israel, all of whom, in different ways, have been empowered. Instead, they form an overall picture of mediating claims over the social construction of threat and danger based on various interpretations of indigenous laws, popular customs, social taboos, material circumstances and external influences.

Why is there a war in the middle east

Essential natural resources such as water, food, energy and dependence on foreign suppliers are environmental issues that affect not only Middle Eastern national security agendas but human security agendas worldwide. The articles selected here expose the complexity of a region whose colonial past continues to resonate with a troubled present. Its politics and international relations have also occupied a central place in the history of this journal, reflecting both the importance of British interests in the Middle East and the significance of the region in international relations more generally. The Iraq invasion of Kuwait in , leading to international intervention the following year, provided an answer. In so doing, they further the debate about critical security studies through different case studies, methodologies and contextual specificities associated with the Middle East. It is not the purpose of this book to deny the importance of security threats grounded in military or strategic concerns. The international politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Gulf security 5. The imposition of superpower competition on the Middle East Ovendale, ; Bar-Simon-Tov, had the effect of bringing the focus of conventional security studies to the region. Border contestation and territorial disputes, and the controversial legacy of western influence, have been an ever present feature during the nearly year history of MENA and have been brought into sharp relief by the spillovers from the Arab uprisings that started late in and the effects of which continue to unfold. First, it seeks to broaden the field to include the new issues, challenges, actors, relations and units of analysis that have arisen in the post-Cold War era. That would be counterproductive considering the diversity of identity expressed in this project.

These wars have been used as benchmarks in the history of the region see, for example, Bickerton and Klausner, and as signifiers of collective identities frameworks and loyalties see, for example, Karsh, ; Sicker, Along with the intifada, popular opinion in other Middle Eastern societies expressed an increasing dissatisfaction with the human cost of militarized conflict.

As a result, it is essential to conceptualize these new conflicts using levels of analysis and conceptual frameworks that are fundamentally different from the conventional realist—neorealist perspective.

In contrast to the gloomy warnings above, no immediate tensions are foreseen in the subject matter of the next article on Kuwait, which not only envisages the ascent of that small state but also the emergence of the soon to be prosperous Gulf region.

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In that respect, the determinants of security, as a theory and as a practice, relate to cultural, religious, 5 national, social, economic, and familial and other factors. From a critical perspective, security can be regarded as a site for the transmission of values, the legitimization of claims to knowledge, and the production and reproduction of collective identity formations.

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