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Title: Why has the Arab League failed as a regional security organisation? : an analysis of the Arab League's conditions of emergence, characteristics and the internal and external challenges that defined and redefined its regional security role
Author: Abusidu-Al-Ghoul, Fady Y.
Awarding Body: University of Bradford
Current Institution: University of Bradford
Date of Award: 2012
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This study presents a detailed examination of the Arab League's history, development, structure and roles in an effort to understand the cause of its failure as a regional security organisation. The research's point of departure is a questioning of the nature and scope of this failure in terms of the interplay between the conditions under which it was formed and the many actors and dynamics that had a long term-impact on the prospects for the League. To this end, the study looks at the League's conditions of emergence and Arab-Arab relations with the focus on Arab national security as the main concept determining its security role. The research synthesises methods of analysis from the existing literature and schools of thought so as to identify where and why failure and success occurred in relation to international relations theories, the security and international organisations literature, and comparable international models. The development and conditions affecting the League as discussed in the research demonstrate that none of the existing broad theories or approaches can fully explain the League's failure; however, the constructivist approach, although never before applied in this context, is shown to offer the most relevant approach for explaining this organisation and its unique parameters. The research also examines the role played by the Arab League in regional peacekeeping and conflict prevention in the context of Arab national security, with Palestine as a case study.
Supervisor: Abi-Ezzi, Karen; Whitman, Jim R. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Arab League ; Regional security ; Regional organisations ; Middle East security ; Arab relations ; Middle East conflicts