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North Africa
Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation

ISBN 9780203715598
Published January 15, 2008 by Routledge
424 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the contemporary Maghreb. Made up of contributions from leading academics in the field, it highlights specific issues of importance, including international and security affairs.

With profiles of individual countries and regional issues, such as migration, gender, integration, economics, and war in Western Sahara, as well as a section dealing with international relations and the Maghreb, including US and EU foreign policy and security issues, North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation is a major resource for all students of Middle Eastern Studies and North African Politics.

Table of Contents

Foreword William B. Quandt Introduction Yahia H. Zoubir and Haizam Amirah-Fernández Part 1: The Maghreb States: The Limits of Transformation 1. Democratic Desires and the Authoritarian Temptation in the Central Maghreb John P. Entelis 2. Policy Reforms in Algeria: Genuine Change or Adjustments? Ahmed Aghrout 3. Libya: Reforming the Economy, Not the Polity Ronald Bruce St John 4. Mauritania: Between the Hammer of Economic Globalization and the Anvil of Multiparty Factionalism Mohameden Ould-Mey 5. The "End of the Era of Leniency" in Morocco Gregory W. White 6. Engendering Citizenship in Tunisia: Prioritizing Unity over Democracy Larbi Sadiki Part 2: Regional issues in the Contemporary Maghreb 7. Economic Reform in the Maghreb: From Stabilization to Modernization Alejandro V. Lorca and Gonzalo Escribano 8. Emigration, Immigration, and Transit in the Maghreb: Externalization of EU Policy? Michael Collyer 9. Intra-Maghrebi Relations: Unitary Myth and National Interests Miguel Hernando de Larramendi 10. Women in the Maghreb: Stereotypes and Realities Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche 11. The Politics of Berber (Amazigh) Identity: Algeria and Morocco Compared Michael J. Willis Part 3: Strategic and Security Relations of the Maghreb 12. Rethinking Maghrebi Security: The Challenge of Multilateralism Cherif Dris 13. The United States, Islamism, Terrorism, and Democracy in the Maghreb: The Predominance of Security? Yahia H. Zoubir 14. Reverberations in the Central Maghreb of the "Global War on Terror" Clement Moore Henry 15. European Policy and the Southern Mediterranean George Joffé 16. France and the Maghreb: The End of the Special Relationship? Jean-François Daguzan 17. Spain’s Policy towards Morocco and Algeria: Balancing Relations with the Southern Neighbors Haizam Amirah-Fernández

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Yahia H. Zoubir is Professor of International Relations and International Management at EUROMED MARSEILLE, School of Management, and Director of Research in Geopolitics.

Haizam Amirah-Fernández is senior analyst of the Mediterranean and Arab World Program at the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Madrid.


'This is a splendid contribution to our knowledge of recent North African developments. It is remarkably comprehensive, with excellent country surveys, region-wide and international-strategic analyses. The chapters are up-to-date, meticulously researched and sober in their conclusions. Anyone with a serious interest in North Africa – professors, students, policy makers, businesspeople – will find this volume indispensable.' - Michael C. Hudson, Georgetown University, USA

'This is a fine collection filled with insightful chapters by leading specialists. The volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of both recent developments and continuing trends in Arab North Africa. I recommend it highly.'- Mark Tessler, University of Michigan, USA

'A timely exploration by distinguished North African and Western scholars of the conflicts throughout the region between traditional North African regime policies of "robust authoritarianism" and popular aspirations for change. I highly recommend it.' - Ambassador Richard B. Parker, Middle East Institute, Washington DC, USA

'The editors have assembled a first-rate team of scholars of the Maghreb to address key issues of political evolution, regional dynamics, and global strategy as the states of North Africa cope with the era of the 'war on terrorism.' - Robert Mortimer, Haverford College, USA

'The volume provides a broad range of important and up-to-date information and analysis on the reality of life in the North African region. The book offers a deep and wide ranging analysis of issues relating to each of the five seperate countries and also looks at regional and international relations, including such topics as the relations between France and the Maghreb, and the politics of Berber identity in Algerian and Morocco.]...[North Africa fills a vacuum in the scholarly Maghreb literature and is a must-read for anyone wishing better to understand the region. Most of its components stand on their own and can be used in university studies.' - Yehudit Ronen, Middle East Quarterly, Spring 2010