Superpowers and Client States in the Middle East: The Imbalance of Influence

1st Edition

Moshe Efrat, Jacob Bercovitch

Routledge
Published October 2, 2017
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781138653047 - CAT# Y228929
Series: Routledge Library Editions: War and Security in the Middle East

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Summary

This book, first published in 1991, examines in detail superpower-client relations in the Middle East. The Middle East, with its protracted and seemingly insoluble conflict and complex patterns of loyalty and hostility, is the ideal setting for the study of such relationships. Using the USSR and Syria, and the USA and Israel as case studies, this book illuminates the extent of superpower influence on client states but also the real constraints on their exercise of that influence. In analysing specific contexts over this period, the authors advance that tension between goals and constraints often favours the client state and that superpower relations are not those of dominance and subordination but bargaining relations in which clients have great leverage.

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