Threats and Alliances in the Middle East: Saudi and Syrian Policies in a Turbulent Region

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Examining differing perceptions of threats and the subsequent alliance choices of two Arab states, Saudi Arabia and Syria, during three pivotal wars in the region: the Iran-Iraq War (1980–1988), the Lebanon War (2006), and the Gaza War (2009), May Darwich analyses how ideational and material forces influence leaders' perceptions in the Middle East, and their broader international relationships. Using these comparative cases studies, Darwich advances our understanding of why, and the conditions under which, identity can play a predominant role in shaping the perception of threat in some cases, whilst material power is predominant in others. By engaging in significant debates about the role identity and material power in shaping state behaviour in the Middle East, this study has significant implications for international relations theory and beyond.


Original languageEnglish
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages218
ISBN (Electronic)9781108656689
ISBN (Print)9781108493628
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019