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9780415004909 / 041500490X

Superpowers and Client States in the Middle East: The Imbalance of Influence

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Publisher:Routledge

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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This study examines superpower-client relations in the Middle East over the past two decades. The Middle East, with its protracted and seemingly insoluble conflict and complex patterns of loyalty and hostility, is an ideal setting for the study of such relationships. Both superpowers perceive the region as being of vital interest to their concerns, both wish to have access to its resources and, while competing for allies, clients and influence in the area, both share an over-riding concern in reducing the risks of entrapment and nuclear escalation. Using the USSR and Syria, and the USA and Israel as comparative case studies, this book illuminates the extent of superpower influence on client states but also describes the constraints on their exercise of that influence. In analyzing specific contexts over this period, the authors advance the thesis that tension between goals and constraints often favours the client state and that superpower relations are not those of domination and subordination, but are rather bargains in which the client state often holds greater leverage.

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