The Arab uprising and regional power struggle

Raymond Hinnebusch*

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This chapter examines shifts in the Middle East regional balance of power, their causes and consequences, with a focus on the post-Arab Uprising. After identifying the constants in the regional power struggle, particularly recurring “Cold Wars, its major historical phases are identified. Next, the early phase of the Arab Uprising, is analysed, particularly “competitive interference” in the uprising states by Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia at the expense of the traditional Arab powers, Egypt, Syria and Iraq. The consequences of the Uprising as they unfolded in its later phases are then identified, including sectarianization, failing states, the rise of non-state actors, and their consequences for shifting power balance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of International Relations in the Middle East
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781315229591
ISBN (Print)9780415317283
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019


  • Arab Uprising
  • MENA region
  • power struggle


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