Degang Sun, Dandan Zhang

Degang Sun, Dandan Zhang Diplomacy of Quasi-Alliances in the Middle East

Diplomacy of Quasi-Alliances in the Middle East

with a foreword by Tim Niblock

Degang Sun, Dandan Zhang

Translation: Jinan Wang

Gerlach Press
Language: English
1. Edition (2020)
Hardcover, 338 pages
HC ISBN 9783959940740
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Quasi-alliance refers to the ideation, mechanism and behavior of policy-makers to carry out security cooperation through informal political and security arrangements. As a “gray zone” between alliance and neutrality, quasi-alliance is a hidden national security statecraft.

Based on declassified archives and secondary sources, this book probes the theory and practice of quasi-alliances in the Middle East. Four cases are chosen to test the hypotheses of quasi-alliance:
- the Anglo-French-Israeli quasi-alliance during the Suez Canal War of 1956
- the US-Saudi quasi-alliance during the Johnson administration
- the Soviet-Egyptian quasi-alliance during the Sadat administration, and
- the Iran-Syria quasi-alliance since 1979.

“This book ... carries importance both in terms of deepening the understanding of international relations in the Middle East, but also developing a distinctively Chinese approach to the study of international relations in general.” (From the foreword by Tim Niblock)

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