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Abou-El-Fadl, Reem (2018) Foreign Policy as Nation Making: Turkey and Egypt in the Cold War. Cambridge University Press. (Global Middle East)

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Abstract

After the Second World War, Turkey and Egypt were among the most dynamic actors in the Middle East. Their 1950s foreign policies presented a puzzle, however: Turkey's Democrat Party pursued NATO membership and sponsored the pro-Western Baghdad Pact regionally, while Egypt's Free Officers promoted neutralism and pan-Arab alliances. This book asks why: what explains this divergence in a shared historical space? Rethinking foreign policy as an important site for the realisation of nationalist commitments, Abou-El-Fadl finds the answer in the contrasting nation making projects pursued by the two leaderships, each politicised differently through experiences of war, imperialism and underdevelopment. Drawing on untapped Turkish and Arabic sources, and critically engaging with theories of postcolonial nationalism, she emphasises local actors' agency in striving to secure national belonging, sovereignty and progress in the international field. Her analysis sheds light on the contemporary legacies of the decade which cemented Turkey's position in the Western Bloc and Egypt's reputation as Arab leader.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: Politics and International Relations, Area Studies, International Relations and International Organisations, Middle East History, Middle East Government,Politics and Policy, Middle East Studies
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISBN: 9781108475044
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 10:43
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/30088
Related URLs: http://admin.ca ... d-war?format=HB (Publisher URL)
Funders: Other

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