Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making

Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making

Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making

Jordan's Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making

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The end of the Cold War has called into question many of the prevailing assumptions in international relations regarding appropriate topics and region of study. One important change has been a growing acknowledgment by scholars of international politics of the importance of domestic politics. Explanations of state behavior had long been based on a country's place and relative power (usually defined as military or technological power) in the international system; however, as a result of the momentous changes that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union, internal factors such as ethnic divisions, the domestic economy, and the nature of the state itself, have received greater attention. At the same time, as the threat of superpower confrontation has dissipated and conflicts elsewhere have threatened regional and international security, more attention has been devoted to another largely neglected topic, the countries outside the former East-West framework, the states of the developing world.

The combination of a growing interest in the Third World and in the role of domestic politics has also been accompanied by a reexamination of the very meaning of “security.” The field of security studies was traditionally concerned overwhelmingly with external military threats to states. In recent years, however, a number of scholars have attempted to reformulate the concept to include considerations of environmental degradation, population growth, domestic insurgencies, and economic challenges, such as foreign debt, the preservation of markets, and more general questions related to obstacles to economic development. No new single definition of . . .

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