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, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 145–160 | Cite as

Facing the new world order: Middle East geopolitics and Palestinian peace strategies

  • Falah G. 
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to examine the future geopolitics of the Middle East against the backdrop of the Gulf War crisis and its aftermath. Special attention was given to the case of Palestinians and their search for peaceful solution to their territorial conflict with Israel. It is suggested that in an era of a new world order most Middle Eastern governments will give priority to their domestic problems, gearing toward power sharing at home and evolving a certain degree of liberalizations as an attempt to be accommodated within a worldwide sphere of social, economic and political reconciliation. Having overcome the post-Gulf political isolation, the Palestinians are now in a better position to make their claim for self-determination recognized. Ultimately, the fulfilment of such claim is desirable for achieving lasting peace and regional stability. This paper also proposes concrete suggestions for future Palestinian territorial behaviour addressed mainly to the Palestinian government to be considered while they are engaging in peaceful negotiations with Israel.

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Middle East Iraq Kuwait Arab Country Arab World 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Falah G. 
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  1. 1.Department of GeographyUniversity of TorontoToronto, OntarioCanada

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