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Security Perceptions and Cooperation in the Middle East: The Political Dimension


This article will concentrate on two main themes. First, it will focus on the fears and suspicions in Middle Eastern and, particularly, Arab countries regarding the future of the Arab world and the Middle East in general and what are viewed as Western projects for that region. Second, it will discuss the political ability and preparedness of regional players to set up viable structures for regional security and cooperation. In conclusion, it will put forward some questions which, from a European perspective, seem to demand answers from today’s political and intellectual elites in the Middle East. […]

Originally published in the issue Vol. 31, No. 4, October-December 1996, p. 53-62

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