By Prof. Curtis R. Ryan
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In the Middle East, clearly, there is no shortage of external security threats to consider. One might, in fact, view this region as the most Hobbesian of 30 / Chapter 2 the world’s regional subsystems. But even here, and perhaps especially here, a focus on external security threats, including the dynamics of the classic security dilemma, yields an incomplete picture at best. As the above analysis has suggested, for Arab states and other post-colonial societies the internal or domestic dimension to the security equation can be at least as important as the external.
Before the book turns to Jordan’s shifting Arab alignments, the next three chapters round out part 1 and examine more specifically some of the key 22 / Chapter 1 factors raised in this chapter. Specifically, chapter 2 examines the unique regional feature of competing internal and external security dilemmas; chapter 3 provides an analysis of the relative influence of ideology and political economy in inter-Arab politics; and chapter 4 discusses very briefly Jordanian policy in domestic and regional context, with a short overview of the eight cases of alignment decision-making that comprise the empirical analysis in chapters 5 through 12.
King Hussein of Jordan (1953–1999), President Hafiz al-Asad of Syria (1970–2000), President Saddam Hussein of Iraq (1979–2003), King Hassan II of Morocco (1961–1999), and King Fahd Ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz Al Sa'ud in Saudi Arabia (1982–2005) each ruled for extended periods of time. And even these dates could be seen as conservative if one regards the “regime” in the broader sense of the domination of a particular party or family dynasty rather than focusing on an individual ruler. Thus King Hussein assumed the throne in 1953, but his Hashimite family has ruled since independence in 1932 and even before the period of the British Mandate that began in 1921.