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Title: Systemic and domestic factors as determinants of the Gulf emirates' foreign policies
Author: Al-Mulla, F. A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3407 4073
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 1982
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This study sets out to examine the foreign behaviour of four small states in the International milieu • The choice of the four Emirates of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emiratesis partly dictated by their great overall similarities in many aspects such as historical experience, political institutional structure and cultural backgrounds. But certain deviations also allow for useful comparative foreign policy analysis. The thesis is built on the basic assumption that foreign policy is made up of the duality or linkage of the external and internal variables. The later signify the State's attributes in terms of its military and economic capabilities, political structure, images held by the principal decision makers as well as the process of foreign policy formulation. The external variables deal with the setting within which the Emirates conduct their external behaviour. They basically encapsulate three environments, The Global, The Middle East Subordinate System and the Gulf Subregion, and are summed up as systemic influences.Part Two of the thesis attempts to operationalize some of the domestic and internal factors. The issue areas, that fall within political military security categorization have been purposively selected to highlight not only the domestic constraints, but also to stress the general dominance of the external setting of the Emirates foreign policy formulation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political science