Region and Region Building in the Middle East - Problems and Prospects

Balamir Coskun, Bezen (2006). Region and Region Building in the Middle East - Problems and Prospects. UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies.

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  • Sub-type Working paper
    Author Balamir Coskun, Bezen
    Title Region and Region Building in the Middle East - Problems and Prospects
    Volume/Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2006
    Place of Publication Bruges
    Publisher UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Language eng
    Abstract

    The paradox of the Middle East has been captured by its description as a region without regionalism (Aarts, 1999). Despite the intensification of regionalism acrossthe globe over the past two decades, the Middle East has been largely absent from that trend. From a comparative perspective, it has the lowest relative degree of regional integration in the contemporary world. (Kuhnhardt 2004:4) Apart from the ongoing conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours, which makes any all-embracing regional project meaningless, the Arab countries have not created any long-term regional unity among themselves. The Arab League is one of the oldest regional organisations in the world, yet the Middle East has remained a region of conflict andinstability and it has failed to create viable regional structures.

    Copyright Holder UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
    Copyright Year 2006
    Copyright type All rights reserved
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