Book by Ă–zgĂĽr Ă–zdamar Applies Role Theory to Middle East PoliticsAssoc. Prof. Ă–zgĂĽr Ă–zdamar of the Department of International Relations has coauthored a new book, titled â€śRole Theory in the Middle East and North Africa: Politics, Economics and Identity.â€ť Published by Routledge, it explores how Arab uprisings have changed foreign policies of Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The bookâ€™s other coauthor is Assoc. Prof. Yasemin Akbaba of the Department of Political Science at Gettysburg College in the US.
The publisherâ€™s description of the book follows:
â€śSince December 2010, a series of uprisings, revolutions, coups and civil wars have shaken up the Middle East and North Africa region. In this chaotic political environment, several countries have been trying to influence this regional transformation. The implications of this transformation are of great importance for the region, its people and global politics.
â€śUsing a rich combination of primary and secondary sources, elite interviews and content analysis, Yasemin Akbaba and Ă–zgĂĽr Ă–zdamar apply role theory to analyze ideational (e.g., identity, religion) and material (e.g., security, economy) sources of national role conceptions in Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The authors take a closer look at the transformation of these four powersâ€™ foreign policies since the beginning of Arab uprisings, with a specific focus on religion. Each case study is written to a common template, allowing for clear comparative analyses.â€ť