This interdisciplinary resource brings together important works from the fields of international relations theory and Middle East studies - it promotes a stronger dialogue and cross-fertilisation between the two areas of study. The work's esteemed editorial team has structured the volumes thematically, to allow for ease of navigation and clear understanding of the different key aspects:
Volume One addresses the more fundamental and (meta)theoretical issues relating to the debate about the study of Middle East international relations
Volume Two looks at the history of the field, addressing the debate about the emergence and evolution of the modern Middle East state system.
Volume Three examines more recent debates, and primarily the issue about the role of identity politics in international relations.
Volume Four engages with more classic and well-known issues from the general IR debate and explores to what extent assumptions and approaches from these debates are also useful in the study of Middle East international relations.
The articles are framed by an introductory essay written by the editors, which helps to guide the reader through the volumes by providing further context and explaining the rationale behind the selection of literature.
VOLUME ONE: STUDYING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST (INTRODUCTION BY VALBJORN) Part One: What and Where Is the Middle East? Is There a Middle East? - Nikki Keddie Whose 'Middle East'? Geopolitical Inventions and Practices of Security - Pinar Bilgin Part Two: The Area Studies Controversy The Study of Middle East International Relations: A Critique - Fawaz Gerges The Middle East and International Politics - Fred Halliday Toward a 'Mesopotamian Turn': Disciplinarity and the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East - Morten Valbjorn Bridging the Gap: IR, Middle East Studies and the Disciplinary Politics of the Area Studies Controversy - Andrea Teti Part Three: Penetrated System or Discrete Regional Order? The Middle East as a Subordinate International System - Leonard Binder Extract from International Politics and the Middle East - L. Carl Brown The Absence of Middle Eastern Great Powers: Political "Backwardness" in Historical Perspective - Ian Lustick Part Four: Local Perspectives Systemic Approaches to Middle East International Relations - F. Gregory Gause III Dangerous Perceptions: Gulf Views of the U.S. Role in the Region - Abdullah Al-Shayeji The Politics of Studying Securitization? The Copenhagen School in Turkey - Pinar Bilgin Analyzing the Turkish-Iranian Relations from the Copenhagen School's Point of View - Rahmat Hajimineh VOLUME TWO: TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EASTERN ORDER (INTRODUCTION BY LAWSON) Part One: Legacies of Empire The Origin of the French Mandate in Syria and Lebanon: The Railroad Question, 1901-1914 - William Shorrock Mosul, the Ottoman Legacy and the League of Nations - Sarah Shields Part Two: Origins of the Middle Eastern States-System The Origins of the Arab State System - Iliya Harik Westphalian Sovereignty and the Emergence of the Arab States System: The Case of Syria - Fred Lawson Part Three: Impact of the Cold War Strategy, Diplomacy and the Cold War: The United States, Turkey and NATO, 1945-1952 - Melvin Leffler Cold War and Covert Action: The United States and Syria, 1945-1958 - Douglas Little The 'New Deal' in Egypt: The Rise of Anglo-American Commercial Competition in World War II and the Fall of Neocolonialism - Robert Vitalis Part Four: Structures of Regional Politics The Struggle over Arab Hegemony after the Suez Crisis - Elie Podeh Arab Unity Schemes Revisited: Interest, Identity, and Policy in Syria and Egypt - Eberhard Kienle A Structural Analysis of the Situation in the Middle East in 1956 - Frank Harary Part Five: Great Power Intervention Nuclear Shadowboxing: Soviet Intervention Threats in the Middle East - Francis Fukuyama Deterrence and Compellence in the Gulf, 1990-91: A Failed or Impossible Task? - Janice Gross Stein The Role of Ideas in EU Reponses to International Crises: Comparing the Cases of Iraq and Iran - Benjamin Kienzle Part Six: The Middle East in the Twenty-First Century The Middle East in the World Hierarchy: Imperialism and Resistance - Raymond Hinnebusch The Gulf Sovereign Wealth Funds: Myths and Reality - Jean-Francois Seznec VOLUME THREE: IDEOLOGY AND RELIGION IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN ORDER (INTRODUCTION BY VALBJORN) Part One: Arabism and Westphalian Sovereignty Sovereignty, Statecraft and Stability in the Middle East - F. Gregory Gause III Sovereignty, Nationalism and Regional Order in the Arab States System - Michael Barnett Beyond Arabism vs. Sovereignty: Relocating Ideas in the International Relations of the Middle East - Ewan Stein Part Two: Arabism: Obsolete or Obstinate? The End of Pan-Arabism - Fouad Ajami A New Version of Pan-Arabism? - Hussein Sirriyeh Beyond the Arab Street: Iraq and the Arab Public Sphere - Marc Lynch The New Arab Cold War: Rediscovering the Arab Dimension of Middle East Regional Politics - Morten Valbjorn and Andre Bank Part Three: Islam and Regional Politics The Islamic Theory of International Relations and Its Contemporary Relevance - Majid Khadduri Imagining Pan-Islam: Religious Activism and Political Utopias - James Piscatori Global Intifadah? September 11th and the Struggle within Islam - Arshin Adib-Moghaddam Part Four: Non-State Actors: Islamist, Sectarian, Tribal The Middle East: Elusive Security, Indefinable Region - Ghassan Salame Global Jihadism after the Iraq War - Thomas Hegghammer When the Shiites Rise - Vali Nasr The Hizballah-Iran Connection: Model for Sunni Resistance - Graham Fuller VOLUME FOUR: CONFLICT AND CO-OPERATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST (INTRODUCTION BY LAWSON) Part One: Dynamics of Conflict Conflict Interactions in the Middle East, 1949-1967 - Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Virginia Lee Lussier and Dale Tahtinen The Impact of Israel's Reprisals on Behavior of the Bordering Arab Nations Directed at Israel - Barry Blechman Balance of Power or the State-to-Nation Balance: Explaining Middle East War-Propensity - Benjamin Miller Part Two: Patterns of Alignment Testing Theories of Alliance Formation: The Case of Southwest Asia - Stephen Walt Balancing What? Threat Perception and Alliance Choice in the Gulf - F. Gregory Gause III Economics and Shifting Alliances: Jordan's Relations with Syria and Iraq, 1975-81 - Laurie Brand Part Three: Regional Institutions Transformation of Regional Economic Governance in the Gulf Cooperation Council - Fred Lawson Designed to Fail or Failure of Design? The Origins and Legacy of the Arab League - Michael Barnett and Etel Solingen Part Four: Peculiarities of the Arab-Israeli Conflict The Impact of Palestine on Arab Politics - Walid Kazziha Strategic Beliefs and the Formation of Enduring International Revalries: Israel's National Security Conception, 1947-56 - Ben Mor Personal Whim or Strategic Imperative? The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon - Avner Yaniv and Robert Lieber Between Palestine and Lebanon: Seven Shi'i Villages as a Case Study of Boundaries, Identities and Conflict - Asher Kaufman