Vers l’est: an analysis of the diplomatic, geopolitical and socio-political forces shaping French foreign policy in the Middle East Public Deposited

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  • Thompson, Scott Robert
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The following discussion underlines the socio-political, geopolitical, and diplomatic factors that have directed, and continue to direct, French foreign policy in the Middle East. Paris’s diplomatic positions concerning the Middle East region during first five presidencies of the Fifth Republic will be examined extensively, in addition to an analytical representation of the development of contemporary French foreign policy itself. Furthermore, the electoral strength of French Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as the institutional realities of the Fifth Republic, will be investigated to exhibit which forces have yielded the most effect on Paris’s foreign policy framework. This thesis ultimately argues that France’s approach towards the Middle East, as well as Paris’s overall “Arab” policy, stems from a geopolitical strategy that has, overall, remained remarkably continuous since the de Gaulle administration, and it has maneuvered relatively independently of economic and domestic socio-political forces.
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