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Constructing International Relations in the Arab World$
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Fred H. Lawson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780804753722

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804753722.001.0001

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Conclusion: Pan-Arabism, Postimperial Orders, and International Norms

Conclusion: Pan-Arabism, Postimperial Orders, and International Norms

(p.141) Conclusion: Pan-Arabism, Postimperial Orders, and International Norms
Constructing International Relations in the Arab World
Stanford University Press

This chapter considers the problematic connection between Pan-Arabism and Westphalian sovereignty. It also addresses what this study can contribute to the growing international relations literature on the collapse of empires. It presents an argument in the context of influential explanations for the appearance and diffusion of international norms. The lack of respect of Egypt for key precepts of Westphalian sovereignty directly led to the failure of the most significant experiment in extrapolating a concrete integration program from the subtle package of principles associated with Pan-Arabism. Power politics can clarify the emergence and consolidation of a key aspect of Westphalian sovereignty as a foundational norm of interaction among states. It is clear that careful thinking about the dynamics that are linked with various types of anarchic arenas can shed light on a wide range of debates that will advance the understanding of international relations, both inside and outside the Middle East.

Keywords:   international norms, Pan-Arabism, Westphalian sovereignty, Egypt, power politics, international relations, Middle East

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