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
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).