Established in 1977, the <i>Middle East Contemporary Survey</i> (<i>MECS</i>), a unique annual record of political developments in the Middle East, is acknowledged as the standard reference work on events and trends in the region. Designed to be a continuing, up-to-date reference for scholars, researchers and analysts, policymakers, students and journalists, it examines in considerable detail the rapidly changing Middle Eastern scene in all its complexity. In each volume, the material is arranged in two parts. The first contains a series of essays on broad regional issues and on the overall relations of the region with other parts of the world. The second consists of country-by-country surveys of all the Arab states, as well as Turkey, Israel, and Iran. The accent in the second part is on elucidating the inner dynamics of each country's polity and society. In a work of this kind, the events of the past year inevitably dictate the major themes of each volume. The topics discussed in Volume XI, which covers the year 1987, include: <li> <ul>The collapse of the Israeli-Jordanian "London agreement";</ul> <ul>The outbreak of the Palestinian uprising;</ul> <ul>The complications of <i>glasnost</i> for the Middle East;</ul> <ul>The continuation of the Gulf War;</ul> <ul>The lingering stalemate in Lebanon.</ul></li> While surveying and analyzing these and other developments, this volume also explains why they did not amount and lead to substantive change in the patterns of Middle Eastern politics. Maps, tables and a detailed index accompany the text
Table of Contents
Preface -- Transliteration -- List of Sources -- Current Issues -- The Middle East in Perspective -- The Middle East in 1987: A Year of Kaleidoscopic Change -- The Middle East and World Affairs -- The United States’ Middle East Policy in 1987 -- The Soviet Union and the Middle East in 1987 -- Arab-Israeli Relations -- The Middle East Peace Process -- Armed Operations -- Intraregional and Muslim Affairs -- Inter-Arab Relations -- Islam’s Enduring Feud -- The Iraqi-Iranian War -- Palestinian Issues -- The Palestine Liberation Organization -- The West Bank and the Gaza Strip -- Middle East Economic Issues -- Middle East Oil Developments -- Arab Labor Mobility in the Middle East in a Period of Economic Recession, 1982-87 -- Country-By-Country Survey -- Middle East Countries -- The Arab Republic of Egypt (Jumhuriyyat Misr al-'Arabiyya) -- The Gulf States -- Bahrain -- Kuwait -- Oman -- Qatar -- The United Arab Emirates -- Iran (Jumhuriyye Islamiyye Iran) -- Iraq (Al-Jumhuriyya al-‘Iraqiyya) -- Israel (Medinat Yisrael) -- Jordan (Al-Mamlaka al-Urdunniyya al-Hashimiyya) -- Lebanon (Al-Jumhuriyya al-Lubnaniyya) -- Libya (Al-Jamahiriyya al-‘Arabiyya al-Libiyya al-Sha‘biyya al-Ishtirakiyya al-‘Uzma)1 -- The People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (Jumhuriyyat al-Yaman al-Sha‘biyya al-Dimuqratiyya) -- The Saudi Arabian Kingdom (Al-Mamlaka al-‘Arabiyya al-Sa‘udiyya) -- The Republic of Sudan (Jumhuriyyat al-Sudan) -- The Arab Republic of Syria (Al-Jumhuriyya al-‘Arabiyya al-Suriyya) -- Turkey (Türkiye Cumhuriyeti) -- The Yemeni Arab Republic (Al-Jumhuriyya al-‘Arabiyya al-Yamaniyya)
Itamar Rabinovich is Professor of Middle Eastern and African History and Head of the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.
Haim Shaked is Professor of Middle Eastern and African History and Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center. They are coeditors of <i>The Middle East and the United States: Perceptions and Policies</i>.
Ami Ayalon is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History and Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.