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Federalism

A Political Theory for Our Time

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Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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Reflections on Middle Eastern Regional Integration

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Yossi AMITAY

For quite a long while I have been following the debates on issues related to the processes of globalisation and regionalism, of which Europe is the key-player. I must confess I have been observing those discussions with more than a bit of envy. For me, the vision of one, united world system that consists of regional groupings, transcending ethnic, religious or lingual fanaticism, whereby every group or human association be granted optimal self-expression, is a long desired ideal. The EU is but a milestone in this historical process, and is by no means its final destination. But even as it functions nowadays, the EU is supposed to serve as a model for similar processes which, at some given future, will hopefully take place in other regions, including the Middle East. “Hopefully”, I said. But do actual processes that have been taking place in the Middle East over the last few decades really substantiate these hopes? Is present-day Middle East really situated at the threshold of regional integration, the major features of which are voluntary reduction of the sovereign authority of individual nation-states in favour of joint regional groupings, and replacement of particularistic local interests by shared regional ones? Are the peoples of the Middle East really ripe for such a transformation?

Let me indicate in advance that there are no ready-made, unequivocal answers to those questions and to many others, related to the issue under discussion. Every direction is possible, be it...

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