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Political Change in the Middle East and North AfricaAfter the Arab Spring$
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Inmaculada Szmolka

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474415286

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415286.001.0001

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Regional order and regional powers in the Middle East and North Africa

Regional order and regional powers in the Middle East and North Africa

(p.257) Chapter 11 Regional order and regional powers in the Middle East and North Africa
Political Change in the Middle East and North Africa

Jordi Quero

Eduard Soler

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses whether and to what extent the internal political changes unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa since 2011 have triggered a shift in the subsystem’s regional order and its institutions. Drawing on the English School and constructivist theories of International Relations, it firstly discusses the impact of the Arab Spring on the ‘constitutional structure’ of the regional order. Next, it examines if we have witnessed a change in some of the fundamental institutions in place in the MENA region (alliances and amity/enmity cleavages, non-intervention, multilateralism and bilateralism, and great power management). It argues that slight changes in the fundamental institutions since the Arab Spring generally respond to a more fundamental systemic change that took place in the context of the 2003 war in Iraq. However, despite attempts to challenge it, the constitutional structure of the regional order remains intact.

Keywords:   Middle East and North Africa, Regional order, International Relations, Constitutional structures, Fundamental institutions, Great power management, Constructivism, Arab Spring and Post-Arab Spring

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