State, revolution and war

Conflict and resilience in MENA’s states and states system

Authored by: Raymond Hinnebusch

The Routledge Handbook to the Middle East and North African State and States System

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9780367358877
eBook ISBN: 9780429342486
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This chapter first outlines the theme of the book, the coexistence of war, revolution and instability with the resilience of regimes and the persistence of the states system. It considers various manifestations of and explanations for this puzzle. The approach of the book is identified: states and the states system are seen to co-constitute each other, and hence cannot be examined in isolation; there are not only these two levels interacting but rather multiple levels: the global, regional, domestic and trans-state. Then an overview of the studies is presented, arranged in major themes: historical context, state-Building and politics in MENA; State Actors, societal context and popular activism; the trans-state contexts—identity and political economy; and the international relations of the region.

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