We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more

International Relations of the Middle East

Fifth Edition

Edited by Louise Fawcett

March 2019

ISBN: 9780198809425

496 pages

In Stock

Price: £34.99

The most current and comprehensive guide to the international relations of the Middle East.



By combining the analysis of the key themes, actors, and issues with the history of the region, and insights from a leading team of international experts, International Relations of the Middle East provides the definitive guide to the subject.

  • Provides a thematic overview of the subject, combining a history of the region with analysis of key themes, actors, and conflicts, as well as topical material and perspectives.
  • Brings together carefully edited contributions from an international team of experts.
  • Offers a wide range of perspectives, encouraging students to think critically to formulate their own arguments and opinions.
  • Combines a clear and accessible writing style with a range of learning features and online support to aid understanding and revision, and to promote further study.
  • Provides current, topical insights, including developments such as the Syrian conflict, the increasing importance of Russia and China in the region, and the impact of the Trump administration.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on Russia, China, and the Middle East examines the role of these increasingly important actors in the region.
  • All chapters have been updated to include coverage of the most recent developments, including those relating to the conflict in Syria, the refugee crisis, so-called Islamic State, and the impact of the Trump administration.
  • Additional examples and case studies have been introduced to help students link theory with real world events and scenarios.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Louise Fawcett, University of Oxford

Louise Fawcett is Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and Professor of International Relations, Wilfrid Knapp Fellow, and Tutor in Politics at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Middle East and International Relations, Louise Fawcett
    Part One: Theoretical and Historical Overview
    1:International Relations Theory and the Middle East, Fred H. Lawson
    2:The Emergence of the Middle East into the Modern State System, Eugene Rogan
    3:The Cold War in the Middle East, Peter Sluglett and Andrew Payne
    4:The Middle East since the Cold War, Bahgat Korany
    Part Two: Themes in International Relations and International Political Economy
    5:Oil and Political Economy in the International Relations of the Middle East, Giacomo Luciani
    6:The Puzzle of Political Reform in the Middle East, Augustus Norton
    7:The Politics of Identity in Middle East International Relations, Raymond Hinnebusch
    8:Islam and International Relations in the Middle East, Peter Mandaville
    9:Alliances and Regionalism in the Middle East, Louise Fawcett
    10:Middle East Security: Conflict and Securitization of Identities, Marina Calculli with Matteo Legrenzi
    Part Three: Key Issues and Actors
    11:Foreign Policymaking in the Middle East, Raymond Hinnebusch and Anoushiravan Ehteshami
    12:The Arab-Israeli Conflict, Charles Smith
    13:The Rise and Fall of the Oslo Peace Process, Avi Shlaim
    14:The International Politics of the Gulf, Matteo Legrenzi
    15:The Arab Spring: The 'People' in International Relations, Larbi Sadiki
    16:The United States in the Middle East, Michael Hudson
    17:Europe in the Middle East, Rosemary Hollis
    18:Russia, China, and the Middle East, Roland Dannreuther


"Comprehensive, insightful, and the most up-to-date volume written by the premier scholars in the field of International Relations and Middle East Studies. " - Kristian Alexander, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

"A brilliant introduction for students that keeps up-to-date with fast-changing political dynamics." - Shabnam Holliday, University of Plymouth, UK

"The best, most readable textbook on International Relations of the Middle East." - Martin Beck, University of Southern Denmark

Additional Resources

This text is supported by online resources to help students take their learning further.

For students:
- Expand your knowledge with an interactive map of the Middle East which provides key information about each state.
- Build on themes covered in each chapter with extended chapter exercises.
- Revise key dates and developments with an interactive timeline.
- Access further reading from reliable sources with a bank of relevant web links.

For registered lecturers:
- Use adaptable PowerPoint slides as the basis for lecture presentations or as hand-outs in class.