Constructivism and Lebanon's foreign policy following Syria's uprising. (c2014)

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dc.contributor.author Naoum, Rita
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-10T04:44:24Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-10T04:44:24Z
dc.date.issued 2015-06-10
dc.date.submitted 2014-12-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2011
dc.description Bibliography: leaves 107-116. en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the role of both domestic and foreign forces in the incapacity of Lebanon to draft a unified and coherent foreign policy. It argues that domestic actors go into alliances with regional as well as international powers to maintain their share of the power in their continuous struggle for control. Consequently, sectarian and sub-national identities have been manipulated by these actors to retain their rule. Therefore, an analysis of Lebanese foreign policy requires examining the role of sectarian and sub-national identities and how they have been constructed to serve the interest of the ruling elite. It also requires an examination of the sectarian nature of the country’s political parties which have been mostly dominated by a single leader, otherwise known as the “Zaiim”. In this regard, neither realism nor pluralism offer sufficient explanations of Lebanon’s foreign policy, or rather lack of it. The examination of Lebanon’s foreign policy requires a deeper look into the construction of identities in its complex society, the composition of state institutions and the rise of sectarianism as reflected in the composition of various political parties. Constructivism contributes in this regard by shedding the light on the primacy of identities and norms which are historically and socially created in determining a state’s behavior. This thesis, although acknowledges the limitation of constructivism, examines the role of identities and how they have been shaped in Lebanon, paying particular consideration to the internal turmoil unleashed by the Syrian civil war and the failure of the Baabda Declaration followed by institutional deadlocks. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Lebanon -- Foreign relations en_US
dc.subject Religion and state -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Sects -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Lebanon -- Politics and government en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Constructivism and Lebanon's foreign policy following Syria's uprising. (c2014) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.school Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.author.idnumber 200901477 en_US
dc.author.commembers Dr. Marwan Rowayheb
dc.author.commembers Dr. Bassel Salloukh
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.author.department MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: ix, 116 p.; 31 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.division International Affairs en_US
dc.author.advisor Dr. Walid Moubarak
dc.keywords Foreign Policy en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Constructivism en_US
dc.keywords National Pact en_US
dc.keywords Taif Accord en_US
dc.keywords Baabda Declaration en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2014.43 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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