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The Arab Spring: challenges to the US Middle East policy

Ra'ees, Wahabuddin (2012) The Arab Spring: challenges to the US Middle East policy. International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development, 2 (2). pp. 185-198. ISSN 1753-9412 E-ISSN 1753-9420

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This study argues that the Arab World and the larger Middle East region are politically, strategically, and economically significant in the US foreign policy formulation. However, the 2011 Arab Spring poses serious challenges to Washington’s interests and policy in the region. The Arab Spring entails political elite transformation in the Arab countries of the Middle East region. The Arab Spring could sweep into power the Arab nationalists and the Islamists. In the democratic Middle East, the effectiveness of the State of Israel card as the only democratic state will diminish. The study concludes that unless Washington in search of new allies adopts the approach of constructive engagement and inclusive democracy in the larger Middle East region, Iran will exploit the Arab street protests and thwart USA’s interests and stability in the region.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2244/15764
Uncontrolled Keywords: the Arab world; the Arab spring; the Middle East region; elite structure and transformation; US interests; democratisation; constructive engagement and inclusive democracy; Islamists; Arab nationalists.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Wahabuddin Ra'ees
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2018 16:20
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2018 16:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/63176

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