Security and Insecurity in the Middle East
This volume draws together a number of research papers presented at a conference titled “Security, Insecurity and Prospects for Peace in the Middle East and North Africa”, organised by Nottingham Trent University’s Middle East and North Africa Research cluster in April 2016. The conference focused on questions pertinent to what may be termed the ‘post-Arab Spring’ era, in which the Middle East is experiencing unprecedented national and transnational challenges. Conflict, instability, radicalisation and the mass displacement of people have become increasingly salient features of the political and economic landscape of the region.
The contributions here analyse a range of political, economic, security and socio-cultural issues that the authors argue lie at the heart of the instability that the region is currently experiencing. Re-thinking issues of security and insecurity in the Middle East not only allows us to explain what might have led to current instability, but also allows us to posit possible solutions to these security issues. In doing so, this book goes beyond the concepts of security and insecurity as a standard account of perpetrator versus victim, in a state-centric and violence-centric manner, to a broader and more complex understanding of the underlying processes informing security and insecurity in the region. The contributors include scholars from around the world working in a variety of different fields, including Middle Eastern studies, international relations and international political economy, providing an eclectic discussion of the state of the region.
Dr Imad El-Anis is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK. He has authored several books, including Jordan and the United States: The Political Economy of Trade and Economic Reform in the Middle East (2011), A New A-Z of International Relations Theory (2015), and International Political Economy in the 21st Century: Contemporary Issues and Analyses (2017).
Dr Natasha Underhill is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is the author of several books, including Countering Global Terrorism and Insurgency: Calculating the risk of state failure in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq (2015).
Dr Sahra Joharchi is Lecturer in International Relations at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She has written several works, including Iranian Foreign Policy Ambitions and Aspirations: A Case Study of Iranian-Saudi Arabian Relations (2015).
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