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Challenging the Hegemon: The Case of Syria and the US

Date: 26 April 2006 Time: 2.00-3.30 pm

In this seminar Professor Raymond Hinnebusch's focus will be on the role of small and middle powers in International Relations, in an era of single-superpower dominance, and in particular on the extent to which such states may or may not be able to resist such hegemony. The example of Syria and the US is a particularly apposite case study.

ProfessorHinnebusch is professor of International Relations & Middle East Studies at St. Andrews University, and, as any student on a Middle East politics course anywhere will know, one of the most widely cited authors on the interlinked fields of the international relations of the Middle East and the dynamics of political change (or its absence) in the region. He has also written on US policy in the region, and no-one dipping into the literature on Syrian and Egyptian politics and foreign policy can avoid his work. In these 'sites' of research his work combines a thorough empirical grounding with a particular interest the wider conceptual / theoretical questions at issue, especially in the discipline of International Relations, and the study of political change / democratisation. Aside from large numbers of articles and chapters, (including 'Identity in International Relations: Constructivism versus Materialism, and the case of the Middle East', in Review of International Affairs, Vol. 3, no. 2 Winter 2003/04), his most recent books include:

Syria: Revolution from Above, Routledge, 2001

The Foreign Policies of Middle Eastern States Lynne Rienner, 2002

The International Politics of the Middle East, Manchester University Press, 2003.

The Iraq War: Causes and Consequence, Lynne Rienner, 2006

Venue: Frankland Colloquium Room, Faraday Building


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