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XIII. New twists, more intricate configurations: The changing Israel-Palestinian regional security complex

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Policies adopted by Syria, Hizbullah, and Israel have generated a major transformation in the Israel-Palestinian regional security complex. In the months after the United States-led overthrow of the Ba’th regime in Iraq in March 2003, each of these three leaderships confronted a severe domestic political-economic crisis, and reacted to the crisis in ways that not only heightened the potential for conflict in regional affairs but also transformed the regional security complex into a more extensive constellation of alliances and adversarial relations. The forcible overthrow of the Ba’thi regime in Baghdad headed by Saddam Hussein created a severe crisis for the Ba’thi regime in Damascus headed by Bashshar al-Asad. A steady deterioration in Syria’s position in regional affairs constituted the third component of the post-Iraq war crisis. Syria’s declining influence over the Lebanese Shi’ah accompanied a major shift in Hizbullah’s political program.

Keywords: Ba’th regime; Baghdad; Damascus; Hizbullah; Israel-Palestinian regional security complex; post-Iraq war crisis; Saddam Hussein; United States



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