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The Arab uprisings two years on: ideology, sectarianism and the changing balance of power in the Middle East

Dalacoura, Katerina (2013) The Arab uprisings two years on: ideology, sectarianism and the changing balance of power in the Middle East. Insight Turkey , 15 (1). pp. 75-89. ISSN 1302-177X

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Abstract

This paper traces the changes to the domestic politics of Arab states following the 2011 uprisings and places them in a continuum depending on the degree of internal conflict and contestation they have engendered. It also outlines the uprisings' effects on the three strands of Islamism-radical, Salafi and moderate-across the Middle East. The paper's main purpose is to assess the uprisings' impact on the confrontation between the Iranian-led and pro-Western camps. It argues that ideological and sectarian considerations in the post-2011 Middle East subtly interact with but tend to be trumped by the realpolitik calculations of the various players, which are defined by regime and state interests.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.insightturkey.com/Current-Issue
Additional Information: © 2013 Insight Turkey
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 10:11
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/48059/

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