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Ideals and realities of regional integration in the Muslim world - the case of the Economic Cooperation Organization
Ejaz Akram
Oxford University Press
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This is a case study of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). It argues that the ECO region has all the necessary elements for regional integration, however, the ECO has not yet reached its goals due to a postponement of its strategic, political and security decisions and the lack of a common denominator of identity and interests. The argument reinforces the notion that regionalism is not only an economic decision but also a political one which may yield economic dividends tothe member states. The book explains the general theoretical nexus between regionalism and security in some of the more successful and well-known regional formations. Then it goes in depth to discuss the political economy and history of the ECO and its various ties with the West. It stresses thepolitical and security decisions needed to mobilize the ECOs resources and improve its efficacy, and analyses regional security of the both the southern and the northern tiers of the ECO in detail, focusing particularly on the situation in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Ajaz Akram's book presents a case study of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) in the Muslim world. He argues that while the Muslim region has good potential for economic integration, there are many stumbling blocks that hinder its advancement, such as the lack of common interests and identity and the different political and security choices selected... The book provides a good introduction to an important discussion about the challenges of regionalism.
Fouad Touzani, Political Studies Review.

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Islamic countries - Economic integration.|Asia, Central - Economic integration.|Middle East - Economic integration.
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