1st Edition

Middle East Politics
Changing Dynamics

ISBN 9780429060496
Published June 11, 2019 by Routledge
392 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Aimed at undergraduate-level courses, this brand-new textbook provides an overview of Middle Eastern politics, offering in-depth examination of the forces of stability, change, uncertainty, and progress in the region.

Building on both historical and contemporary analysis, the chapters are timely, engaging, and provocative, covering topics such as:

  • Turmoil and transition in Middle Eastern politics
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • The Persian Gulf and global security
  • The rise of the internet
  • Terrorism and the Islamic State
  • US-Iran relations
  • The role of new regional players, such as China, India, and Russia
  • Increasing investment in wind and solar energy in the post-carbon era.

Providing a unique perspective on the major themes and current state of knowledge about the region, this new textbook will be invaluable to students of Middle Eastern politics.

Table of Contents

1. Turmoil and Transition in the Middle East Politics 

Part I. Historical and Contemporary Contexts 

2. A Modern History of the Middle East 

3. The Arab-Israeli Conflicts: Causes and Consequences 

4. Nationalists vs Islamists: The Struggle for Power 

5. The Persian Gulf and Global Security 

Part II. Changing Dynamics and Evolving Challenges 

6. Beyond the Arab Uprisings: Democratic Rollback?

7. The Internet: Double-Edged Sword 

8. Confronting Terrorism and the Islamic State 

9. New Security Issues: Food, Water, and Labor Emigration 

10. The Changing Geopolitics of Oil 

11. US-Iran Relations: The Key to Stability 

12. New Regional Players: China, India, and Russia 

Part III. Prospects for the Future 

13. New Paradigms and Trends

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Mahmood Monshipouri is Chair and Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University, USA. He is also a Lecturer at the Global Studies/International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the editor of Information Politics, Protests, and Human rights in the Digital Age (2016).