AffiliationUniversity of Derby
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AbstractThis paper analyses the alliance between Syria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the years 1970-1989. The relations between the two Arab powers were characterized by cooperation and support amid ideological and ‘structural’ differences. This was a stark contrast with the conflictual relations of the previous decade. The change was driven mainly by a reshaping in Syria’s regional policy. The new ‘realist’ foreign policy imposed by Hafiz Al-Assad created an overlapping of interests between Syria and the KSA. Riyadh valued Syria’s role in the region and used its support of Damascus vis-à-vis Israel as a tool to obtain domestic and regional legitimacy. On the other hand Syria benefited from the KSA’s generous economic and diplomatic help. This study will use an approach based on neoclassical realism to show how domestic and international factors led to these changes.
CitationBelcastro, F. (2018) ‘An odd “foreign policy couple”? Syria and Saudi Arabia 1970-1989’, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies.
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalJournal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies
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