Good Governance In The Middle East Oil Monarchies

Author: Martin Hetherington
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113443152X
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Good Governance In The Middle East Oil Monarchies from the Author: Martin Hetherington. The concept of 'good governance' is of increasing importance, and is used by international organizations to ensure reasonable conformity to high standards in states which participate in the global trading regime and other international activities. This book examines the concept of good governance and how it is applied in the states of the Gulf Co-operation Council. These states are particularly important because of their strategic location and massive oil wealth. Moreover, as monarchies, in most cases without powerful democratic representative bodies, and as Islamic countries, with a different outlook from countries of the West, Western standards of good governance may need to be modified in order for them to be implemented effectively.

The Gulf States In International Political Economy

Author: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137385618
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The Gulf States In International Political Economy from the Author: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen documents the startling rise of the Arab Gulf States as regional powers with international reach and provides a definitive account of how they have become embedded in the global system of power, politics, and policy-making.

Qatar

Author: Mehran Kamrava
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 0801469341
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Qatar from the Author: Mehran Kamrava. The Persian Gulf state of Qatar has fewer than 2 million inhabitants, virtually no potable water, and has been an independent nation only since 1971. Yet its enormous oil and gas wealth has permitted the ruling al Thani family to exert a disproportionately large influence on regional and even international politics. Qatar is, as Mehran Kamrava explains in this knowledgeable and incisive account of the emirate, a "tiny giant": although severely lacking in most measures of state power, it is highly influential in diplomatic, cultural, and economic spheres. Kamrava presents Qatar as an experimental country, building a new society while exerting what he calls “subtle power.” It is both the headquarters of the global media network Al Jazeera and the site of the U.S. Central Command's Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center. Qatar has been a major player during the European financial crisis, it has become a showplace for renowned architects, several U.S. universities have established campuses there, and it will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. Qatar’s effective use of its subtle power, Kamrava argues, challenges how we understand the role of small states in the global system. Given the Gulf state’s outsized influence on regional and international affairs, this book is a critical and timely account of contemporary Qatari politics and society.

Oil A Cultural And Geographic Encyclopedia Of Black Gold 2 Volumes

Author: Xiaobing Li
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610692721
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Oil A Cultural And Geographic Encyclopedia Of Black Gold 2 Volumes from the Author: Xiaobing Li. Despite ongoing efforts to find alternatives, oil is still one of the most critical—and valuable—commodities on earth. This two-volume set provides extensive background information on key topics relating to oil, profiles countries that are major producers and consumers of oil, and examines relevant political issues. • Offers a complete resource that covers basic concepts relating to the oil industry as well as major incidents such as various oil spills and the specifics of the oil industry in key countries • Includes sidebars throughout the encyclopedia that present interesting information to supplement the main text as well as images, maps, and charts that provide additional meaning and context • Serves as an essential reference for students of social studies, geography, current events, political science, and environmental science

Citizenship In Transition

Author: Annemarie Profanter
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443864129
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Citizenship In Transition from the Author: Annemarie Profanter. The revolutions of the Arab Spring have challenged the notion of what citizens in the countries affected expect from their governments, and also potentially created a new wave of migration, once again showing how the local and the global are connected in the identity of citizens and notions of citizenship. At the same time, this turmoil has called into question dominant modes of thinking about the Middle East and affected European government policy on immigration. Two broader developments – the change in the internal composition of liberal democracies, and the challenges imposed by globalization on the state – have led to the concept of citizenship being rethought, particularly in a transnational sense. By bringing together new perspectives, this timely and thought-provoking book deconstructs the processes that are shaping and reshaping issues of migration and integration in Europe, and illuminates emerging patterns in key issues such as citizenship and cultural identity, education, and second generation networks.

Oil Monarchies

Author: F. Gregory Gause
Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
ISBN: 9780876091517
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Oil Monarchies from the Author: F. Gregory Gause. This timely book demystifies the politics of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman, and focuses on the new pressures that have emerged since the Gulf War. Gause illuminates the foreign policy tightrope these states walk in the Middle East: self-defense is problematic, regional pressures translate directly into the domestic arena, and relations with the United States cause as well as solve many problems. Gause examines the interplay of Islamic fundamentalism, tribalism, and, most importantly, oil wealth that has determined the power structure of the Gulf monarchies. He shows what influences really drive politics in the Middle East as well as how U.S. foreign policy must respond to them in order to forge more meaningful ties with each country and preserve the stability of a fragile region that is vital to U.S. interests.

Globalization And The Politics Of Development In The Middle East

Author: Clement Moore Henry
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139490818
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Globalization And The Politics Of Development In The Middle East from the Author: Clement Moore Henry. In this 2010 edition of their book on the economic development of the Middle East and North Africa, Clement Henry and Robert Springborg reflect on what has happened to the region's economy since 2001. How have the various countries in the Middle East responded to the challenges of globalization and to the rise of political Islam, and what changes, for better or for worse, have occurred? Utilizing the country categories they applied in the previous book and further elaborating the significance of the structural power of capital and Islamic finance, they demonstrate how over the past decade the monarchies (as exemplified by Jordan, Morocco and those of the Gulf Cooperation Council) and the conditional democracies (Israel, Turkey and Lebanon) continue to do better than the military dictatorships or 'bullies' (Egypt, Tunisia and now Iran) and 'the bunker states' (Algeria, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen).

Insecure Gulf

Author: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0190241578
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Insecure Gulf from the Author: Kristian Coates Ulrichsen. Insecure Gulf examines how the concept of Arabian/Persian Gulf 'security' is evolving in response to new challenges that are increasingly non-military and longer-term. Food, water and energy security, managing and mitigating the impact of environmental degradation and climate change, addressing demographic pressures and the youth bulge and reformulating structural economic deficiencies, in addition to dealing with the fallout from progressive state failure in Yemen, require a broad, global and multi-dimensional approach to Gulf security. While 'traditional' threats from Iraq, Iran, nuclear proliferation and trans-national terrorism remain robust, these new challenges to Gulf security have the potential to strike at the heart of the social contract and redistributive mechanisms that bind state and society in the Arab oil monarchies. Insecure Gulf explores the relationship between 'traditional' and 'new' security challenges and situates them within the changing political economy of the GCC states as they move toward post-oil structures of governance. It describes how regimes are anticipating and reacting to the shifting security paradigm, and contextualizes these changes within the broader political, economic, social and demographic framework. It also argues that a holistic approach to security is necessary for regimes to renew their sources of legitimacy in a globalizing world.

Persistent Permeability

Author: Bassel F. Salloukh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351911988
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Persistent Permeability from the Author: Bassel F. Salloukh. With the collapse of the Middle East peace process, the 'war on terrorism' and US-led intervention in Iraq, the question of Middle East regionalism(s) has reached a new salience. Will such developments usher in a new wave of transnational politics, as events reverberate through a Middle East made even more permeable by new information technologies and transregional religious networks? Or will authoritarian states successfully insulate themselves from such effects? What impact will globalization have on local identities and local politics? To what extent might issues of regional permeability be mediated by class, gender, ethnicity, population migration, or other factors? The contributors to Persistent Permeability? address such questions from a variety of analytical perspectives. In doing so, they offer a valuable contribution, essential for all those interested in Middle East politics and international relations.