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Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East

Mehran Kamrava


Although the concept of “state failure” emerged after the Cold War, it gained major prominence after the September 11 attacks with the emerging discourse focusing primarily on the Greater Middle East. This book aims to critically analyse the current definitions and terminology of weak and fragile states, scrutinizing the political implications of the prevailing discourse within the setting of the broader Middle East. It also examines the domestic, regional, and global causes and consequences for the Middle East of the “fragility” of states stretching from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east t ... More

Keywords: state failure, Middle East, fragile states, political economies, capacity, political legitimacy, migration, state weakness, Arab Spring

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190246211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190246211.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mehran Kamrava, editor
Georgetown, Qatar

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