The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know® (What Everyone Needs to Know)

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Since Muhammad Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia on December 17, 2010, galvanizing the Arab uprisings that continue today, the entire Middle East landscape has changed in ways that were unimaginable years before. In spite of the early hype about a so-called "Arab Spring" and the prominence observers gave to calls for the downfall of regimes and an end to their abuses, most of the protests and uprisings born of Bouazizi's self-immolation have had disastrous results across the whole Middle East. While the old powers reasserted their control with violence in Egypt and Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and Syria have virtually ceased to exist as states, torn apart by civil wars. In other states, namely Morocco andAlgeria, the forces of reaction were able to maintain their hold on power, while in the "hybrid democracies" of Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq, protests against government inefficiency, corruption, and arrogance have done little to bring about the sort of changes protesters have demanded. Simultaneously,ISIS, along with other jihadi groups (al-Qaeda, al-Qaeda affiliates, Ansar al-Shariahs, etc.) has thrived in an environment marked by state breakdown.This book explains these changes, outlining the social, political, and economic contours of what some have termed "the new Middle East." One of the leading scholars of modern Middle Eastern history, James L. Gelvin lucidly distills the political and economic reasons behind the dramatic news arriving each day from Syria and the rest of the Middle East. He shows how and why bad governance, stagnant economies, poor healthcare, climate change, population growth, refugee crises, food and waterinsecurity, and war increasingly threaten human security in the region.

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ISBN-13: 9780190653989
ISBN-10: 0190653981
Pagini: 208
Dimensiuni: 142 x 210 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Seria What Everyone Needs to Know

Locul publicării: New York, United States

Notă biografică

James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at UCLA. His publications include The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know®, The Modern Middle East: A History, and The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War.


Balanced, rigorous, and sparkling with insights, The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know is a wonderful primer on a region long dominated by polemics and easy generalizations. James L. Gelvin brings a historian's sensibility and jargon-free prose to illuminate the afflictions that have wracked the modern Middle East-civil war, militancy, and authoritarianism, to name a few-while never losing sight of its enormous human potential. This is a must-readfor veteran observers and newcomers alike.