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Title:
The government and politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Author:
Long, David E.
Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder : Westview Press, 1995.
Physical Description:
vii, 487 pages : map ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction / David E. Long and Bernard Reich -- Republic of Turkey / George S. Harris -- Islamic Republic of Iran / John W. Limbert -- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia / David E. Long -- Republic of Iraq / Phebe Marr -- Eastern Arabian States : Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman /rMalcolm C. Peck -- Republic of Yemen / F. Gregory Gause III -- Republic of Lebanon /rM. Graeme Bannerman --tSyrian ArabRepublic / M. Graeme Bannerman -- Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan / M. Graeme Bannerman -- State of Israel / Bernard Reich -- The Palestinians / Ann Mosely Lesch -- Arab Republic of Egypt / Sally Ann Baynard -- Democratic Republic of Sudan / Sally Ann Baynard -- Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya / Mary-Jane Deeb -- Kingdom of Morocco / Mark A. Tessler, John P. Entelis and Gregory W. White -- Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria / John P. Entelis and Lisa Arone -- Republic of Tunisia / Mark A. Tessler, John P. Entelis and Gregory W. White.
Reading Level:
1380 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780813321257

9780813321264
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Summary

Rapid social, economic, and political change is endemic to the Middle East and is often more revolutionary than evolutionary in nature. In many ways, the entire political landscape of the Middle East has been transformed in the past decade in the realm of both international relations and domestic politics: The collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the cold war, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait have all had a profound effect on relations among states within the region and between those states and countries outside the region.In this revised edition, Long and Reich provide comprehensive and up-to-date analyses of many critical contemporary events and issues. The contributors explain how Desert Storm isolated Iraq and brought Syria back into the mainstream of Arab politics, contributing to the revival of the Arab-Israeli peace process. They also show how the return of a Labor government in Israel has allowed the peace process to go forward. Evaluating the economic costs of the Kuwait war and the continuing oil glut, the authors find that resulting changes in the domestic economies of the oil-producing states have created additional pressures for social and political change. The most profound change in government and politics, however, is the rise of Islam as the idiom of political discourse among moderates as well as extremists.


Summary

Rapid social, economic, and political change is endemic to the Middle East and is often more revolutionary than evolutionary in nature. In many ways, the entire political landscape of the Middle East has been transformed in the past decade in the realm of both international relations and domestic politics: The collapse of the Soviet Union, the end of the cold war, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait have all had a profound effect on relations among states within the region and between those states and countries outside the region.In this revised edition, Long and Reich provide comprehensive and up-to-date analyses of many critical contemporary events and issues. The contributors explain how Desert Storm isolated Iraq and brought Syria back into the mainstream of Arab politics, contributing to the revival of the Arab-Israeli peace process. They also show how the return of a Labor government in Israel has allowed the peace process to go forward. Evaluating the economic costs of the Kuwait war and the continuing oil glut, the authors find that resulting changes in the domestic economies of the oil-producing states have created additional pressures for social and political change. The most profound change in government and politics, however, is the rise of Islam as the idiom of political discourse among moderates as well as extremists.


Author Notes

Bernard Reich is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Gershon R. Kieval is senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and adjunct professor at George Washington University.


David E. Long is a consultant on the Middle East and counterterrorism. He is retired from the U.S. Foreign Service and has taught and lectured extensively on Middle Eastern subjects. He is the author of The United States and Saudi Arabia: Ambivalent Allies (Westview, 1985) and The Anatomy of Terrorism (1990). Bernard Reich is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Middle East Journal and of the International Editorial Board of Israel Affairs . He is the author of Quest for Peace: United States-Israel Relations and the Arab-Israeli Conflict , The United States and Israel: Influence in the Special Relationship , Israel: Land of Tradition and Conflict , Historical Dictionary of Israel, Securing the Covenant: United States-Israel Relations After the Cold War , Arab-Israeli Conflict and Conciliation: A Documentary History , and of Political Dictionary of Israel as well as the author of numerous articles, book chapters and monographs on Middle East politics, international politics, and United States foreign policy. Bernard Reich is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Gershon R. Kieval is senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and adjunct professor at George Washington University.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

Published since 1980 and now in its sixth edition, this book provides updated and revised survey articles covering one of the most newsworthy regions in the world. Each chapter offers a brief historical background plus a discussion of a particular country's domestic and foreign policy. The editors aimed to produce a "current, comprehensive, and general book that focuses on the politics (and especially the political dynamics) of the Middle East and North Africa." A short introductory essay provides a helpful comparative discussion of this broad region. Containing maps of each country and brief descriptive bibliographies, the chapters offer readers much useful reference material. While each section follows a similar format, the content emphasis varies by the particular country and also the individual author's writing style. Whereas Routledge's The Europa World Year Book (see, e.g., Europa World Plus, CH, Oct'05, 43-0679) provides useful information on recent political events in countries around the world, its articles are not as comprehensive as the ones in this anthology. In addition, the editors have recruited expert academic scholars who provide lucidly written essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers--from laypeople to Middle East specialists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. D. Altschiller Boston University


Choice Review

Published since 1980 and now in its sixth edition, this book provides updated and revised survey articles covering one of the most newsworthy regions in the world. Each chapter offers a brief historical background plus a discussion of a particular country's domestic and foreign policy. The editors aimed to produce a "current, comprehensive, and general book that focuses on the politics (and especially the political dynamics) of the Middle East and North Africa." A short introductory essay provides a helpful comparative discussion of this broad region. Containing maps of each country and brief descriptive bibliographies, the chapters offer readers much useful reference material. While each section follows a similar format, the content emphasis varies by the particular country and also the individual author's writing style. Whereas Routledge's The Europa World Year Book (see, e.g., Europa World Plus, CH, Oct'05, 43-0679) provides useful information on recent political events in countries around the world, its articles are not as comprehensive as the ones in this anthology. In addition, the editors have recruited expert academic scholars who provide lucidly written essays that will appeal to a wide range of readers--from laypeople to Middle East specialists. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers. D. Altschiller Boston University


Table of Contents

Prefacep. VII
1 Introductionp. 1
Political Dynamicsp. 6
2 Republic of Turkeyp. 8
3 Islamic Republic of Iranp. 41
3 Islamic Republic of Iranp. 61
4 Kingdom of Saudi Arabiap. 62
Notesp. 87
Bibliographyp. 88
5 Republic of Iraqp. 90
Bibliographyp. 111
6 Eastern Arabian States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Omanp. 113
Bibliographyp. 148
7 Republic of Yemenp. 150
Bibliographyp. 172
Bibliographyp. 196
Bibliographyp. 219
10 Hashimite Kingdom of Jordanp. 220
Bibliographyp. 238
11 State of Israelp. 240
Notesp. 277
Bibliographyp. 277
12 The Palestiniansp. 279
Conclusionp. 297
Notesp. 298
Bibliographyp. 300
13 Arab Republic of Egyptp. 303
Bibliographyp. 325
14 Democratic Republic of Sudanp. 327
Bibliographyp. 348
Notesp. 367
Bibliographyp. 367
16 Kingdom of Morocco Mark A. Tessler John P. Entelis Gregory W. Whitep. 369
Bibliographyp. 392
17 Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeriap. 394
Notesp. 421
Bibliographyp. 421
18 Republic of Tunisiap. 423
Bibliographyp. 444
About the Book and Editorsp. 447
About the Contributorsp. 448
Indexp. 450