Author profile: Martin Beck

Martin Beck holds a chair of Modern Middle East Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). His main research interests are international relations and the political economy of the Middle East, in particular regional power relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, oil politics and comparative analyses of rentier states. His most recent publications include “On the Continuation of the Israeli—Palestinian Conflict”, in Isabel Bramsen, Poul Poder and Ole Wæver (eds), Resolving International Conflict: Dynamics of Escalation, Continuation and Transformation (Abingdon: Routledge), pp. 200-214 . In 2020, he served as co-Guest Editor for the special section “Fluctuating Regional (Dis-)Order in the Middle East” published in Global Policy 11(1); open access. His twitter account is @martinbeck23.

Israel and the Arab Gulf: An Israeli-Saudi Alliance in the Making?

Martin Beck • Nov 8 2019 • Articles

A strategic alliance between the Gulf States and Israel would be a first major step toward Israel’s transformation into the leading Middle Eastern regional power.

Israel: A Democratic State?

Martin Beck • Aug 25 2019 • Articles

When applying a thin concept of democracy in the spirit of Robert Dahl, strong arguments point into the direction that Israel does not constitute a democratic polity.

The German Way of Securitizing the BDS Movement

Martin Beck • Jun 17 2019 • Articles

Critique of Israeli policy is the expression of a political opinion that targets a state and its policy. It is fundamentally distinct from anti-Semitism as the expression of racism.

OPEC+ and Beyond: How and Why Oil Prices Are High

Martin Beck • Jan 24 2019 • Articles

Assessments of recent developments in oil prices are problematic as delineations of the effects of market forces often lack sufficient complexity.

An International Relations Perspective on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Martin Beck • Aug 8 2018 • Articles

The deal problematically upheld the image of Iran going nuclear as a horror scenario to be prevented, cementing the securitization of Iran’s case without re-politicizing Israel’s nuclear status.

Contract Slavery? On the Political Economy of Domestic Work in Lebanon

Martin Beck • Feb 6 2018 • Articles

The gender dimension of the political economy of foreign domestic work in Lebanon manifests itself in the first instance in an exploitative maternalistic system.

Securitization of Refugees in Europe

Martin Beck • Sep 18 2017 • Articles

Securitization of refugees to Europe varies when measured in terms of intensity and effectiveness. Yet, political discourse has been shaped by securitization attempts.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Policy and the Failure of the Doha Oil Negotiations

Martin Beck • Jun 21 2016 • Articles

The decision of Saudi Arabia to let the Doha summit fail may be considered as a stone in the mosaic of Riyadh converting its foreign policy approach.

The Arab Uprisings Five Years After

Martin Beck • Dec 1 2015 • Articles

In several Arab countries transformation is dominated, by political violence. The polity has broken down—the central state fails to deliver security to its citizens.

Contextualizing the Current Social Protest Movement in Lebanon

Martin Beck • Oct 10 2015 • Articles

Social movements that seek to combat corruption in Lebanon face a large number of obstacles when attempting to apply strategies suitable to change the system.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: From Occupation to (De)Legitimization?

Martin Beck • Jul 8 2015 • Articles

The (de)legitimization game has recently gained significance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is made sense of by critically discussing three basic assumptions.

Upgrading the Arab League by Establishing a Joint Military Force?

Martin Beck • May 22 2015 • Articles

It cannot be excluded that the initiative to build a Arab military force will share the fate of previous launches: a big announcement followed by a rather low performance

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