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International Relations of the Middle East

International Relations of the Middle East

From the towers of Dubai’s central business district to the refugee camps on the Syrian border, it is apparent that the Middle East is one of the most globally active and penetrated regions in the world. Non-state actors, capital flows, cross-border tribal solidarities and the influence of regional powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia all call into question the role of the state in the region. As such, a wealth of cross-border issues threaten to undermine the stability of the region as well as advance new modes of interaction both within it and beyond.

MEMS staff have particular expertise in US and European foreign policies towards the MENA region, with a special emphasis on diplomacy, security and foreign trade. Their research interests also include the politics of Great Power involvement in the Middle East, externally-driven development in the region, global jihadism, transnational civil society activism, the sociology of external relations, and relevant advances in International Relations theory. 

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