Alliance politics in the post-2011 Middle East: advancing theoretical and empirical perspectives

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Alliances in the post-2011 Middle East are characterized by anomalous shifts and upsurge of new actors leading to theoretical and empirical puzzles. This article argues that unravelling these patterns requires grappling with in-depth knowledge of regional politics and a serious engagement with the broader IR literature. Through this dual exploration, the article explores how the literature on alliance cohesion within IR could inform anomalous alliance dynamics in the post-2011 regional order. It also reveals how regional developments in the post-2011 Middle East, such as the pursuit of alliance by non-state actors, present avenues for theoretical innovations.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalMediterranean Politics
Early online date23 Feb 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Feb 2021