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Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts

Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2016 Vol. 10, No. 1, 129–133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23739770.2016.1141548 Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts Edited by Henner Fürtig (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 228 pages Reviewed by Melanie Carina Schmoll Political scientist and lecturer, University of Hamburg “Foreign policy is about imagining the place of a country among the community of nations” Adib-Moghaddam Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts, edited by Henner Fürtig, director of the German Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (GIGA), is designed as both an introduction to a theoretical approach to the concept of regional powers and an empirical analysis of five Middle Eastern states. With the words “Regional Powers in the Middle East” in its title, it is natural to expect information on that subject to be included in the book. However, we only learn about “potential regional powers,” and, following the first chapter by Martin Beck, “Concept of Regional Powers as Applied in the Middle East,” we discover that actually there is “no regional power in the Middle East” at all (p. 2). Beck also states that “the United States … directly controls the most advanced military capabilities deployable http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs Taylor & Francis

Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts

Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs , Volume 10 (1): 5 – Jan 2, 2016
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© 2016 Melanie Carina Schmoll
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2373-9789
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2373-9770
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10.1080/23739770.2016.1141548
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Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2016 Vol. 10, No. 1, 129–133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23739770.2016.1141548 Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts Edited by Henner Fürtig (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), 228 pages Reviewed by Melanie Carina Schmoll Political scientist and lecturer, University of Hamburg “Foreign policy is about imagining the place of a country among the community of nations” Adib-Moghaddam Regional Powers in the Middle East: New Constellations after the Arab Revolts, edited by Henner Fürtig, director of the German Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (GIGA), is designed as both an introduction to a theoretical approach to the concept of regional powers and an empirical analysis of five Middle Eastern states. With the words “Regional Powers in the Middle East” in its title, it is natural to expect information on that subject to be included in the book. However, we only learn about “potential regional powers,” and, following the first chapter by Martin Beck, “Concept of Regional Powers as Applied in the Middle East,” we discover that actually there is “no regional power in the Middle East” at all (p. 2). Beck also states that “the United States … directly controls the most advanced military capabilities deployable

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Published: Jan 2, 2016

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