Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap : Ethnicity, Legitimacy and State Alignment in the International System

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In Bridging the Gap scholar and military officer Cindy R. Jebb asks why the United States, with its considerable diplomatic, economic, and military resources vested in the Middle East, has not been able to successfully implement plans to quell unrest in the region. To find an answer, Jebb specifically focuses on the factors that drive United States' foreign policy decisions in Egypt and Syria in a Cold War and post-Cold War context. The epilogue brings forward the post-Cold War findings to a post 9/11 world, providing insights on the changing legitimacy formulas for both states. Using comparative politics literature to answer the international relations question of why states behave as they do, this searching study builds an important foundation for further research in other critical areas of current scholarly interest, including democratization, consensus-building, multilateral institutions, and ethnic studies. Bridging the Gap will be indispensable to scholars in the international, comparative, and security fields, and Jebb's insights will be of particular value to Middle East regional experts and policy more

Product details

  • Hardback | 358 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 35.6mm | 657.72g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739105914
  • 9780739105917

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Writing with unique insight and wide perspective, Jebb provides a detailed presentation of the 'how' and 'why' behind many of the events in parts of what has today become a geo-strategic battleground: the Arab world. This book is a must-read for scholars of U.S.-Arab politics as well as for decision makers concerned about the dynamics of U.S. foreign policy. -- Azza M. Karam Lucidly written, well researched, and theoretically framed, the book provides a penetrating insight into the complexities of Middle East politics and foreign relations and the challenges facing U.S. policy in the region. It is essential reading for scholars, policy makers, and students of the Middle East. -- Mahmud A. Faksh Bridging the Gap is a useful and interesting study of Egyptian and Syrian foreign policy decision-making during both the Cold War and Post-Cold War Eras. Parameters This book, which focuses on Syria and Egypt during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras, examines the factors that drive foreign policy decisions in small or weak states whose legitimacy is bound inextricably to their security. Middle East Journalshow more

About Cindy R. Jebb

Cindy R. Jebb is the director of Comparative Politics and Security Studies, Department of Social Sciences, at the U.S. Military Academy at West more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Political Development of Egypt Chapter 3 The Political Development of Syria Chapter 4 Cold War Case - Egypt Chapter 5 Cold War Case - Syria Chapter 6 Post-Cold War Case - Egypt Chapter 7 Post-Cold War Case - Syria Chapter 8 Conclusionshow more