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Break all the BordersSeparatism and the Reshaping of the Middle East$
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Ariel I. Ahram

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190917371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190917371.001.0001

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Revolutions in Arab Sovereignty

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(p.43) 2 2011
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Break all the Borders
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Ariel I. Ahram

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190917371.003.0002

Chapter 2 discusses the breakdown of the normative and practical consensus surrounding sovereign statehood and the possibilities of a new Wilsonian moment in MENA. The 2011 Arab uprisings represented a continuation of a global crisis that led to the proliferation of civil wars, state failures, and state births. None of the initial uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, or Syria were bent on separatism. But the outside intervention gave separatists new ways to challenge the legitimacy and capacity of existing states and make claims for self-determination. The international community, however, vacillated in its response to these efforts, creating conditions for state collapse.

Keywords:   Sovereignty, Arab politics, state failure, Iraq, Palestine, Qatar, Yemen, Libya, Syria, terrorism

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