Concepts of integration, regionalism and cooperation lie at the heart of international relations discipline. These concepts have gained massive attention since the end of the world war two. Concepts of integration and regionalism evolved to overcome the damaging consequences of war and to promote peace and security among nations.

The primary objective of this thesis is to give a clear definition of the notion of integration, how did it progress and what are the major objectives behind the process of regional integration. The thesis provides a complete analysis of the Arab economic integration process. Giving a brief historical background on how the process of integration was initiated in the Arab region, what are the obstacles facing it and how to overcome these impediments.

The result of the study highlights the significance of studying the concept of regional economic integration in the Arab region. The conclusion states that in an aggressively globalized world as today, fears and threats of being marginalized are facing the Arab countries. Being integrated in the world economy is not an option for the Arab states, but it became a must to do thing. Arab leaders and policymakers should seek the appropriate measures to accomplish the aspiration of having a fully integrated Arab entity in the future.


Political Science Department

Degree Name

MA in Political Science

Date of Award


Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Emad El Din Shahin

Committee Member 1

Ejaz Akram

Committee Member 2

Nadia Farah

Document Type



103 leaves

Library of Congress Subject Heading 1

International economic relations.


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Call Number

Thesis 2005/57