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8th Edition

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

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ISBN 9780813349947
Published August 2, 2016 by Routledge
576 Pages

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Book Description

With recent upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa, the eighth edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa has been thoroughly revised to provide a necessary, comprehensive and current examination of the domestic politics and foreign policies of this crucial region. A newly expanded introduction provides students with a comparative and thematic overview of the region, from its political regimes and electoral institutions to its economic and social concerns. Each chapter, written by an invited specialist, uses a common framework to explore the historical background, social and political environment, political structure and dynamics, and foreign policy of a country. Chapters are augmented by a country map, a box providing key facts, and an annotated bibliography summarizing the major literature.

The eighth edition provides vital new considerations of the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the ongoing sectarian violence and rise of ISIS, and the growth of social forces like youth movements and women's rights groups. In addition, the inclusion of six new contributors brings fresh perspectives, ensuring that The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa remains an essential guide to the region's political landscape.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Middle East and North Africa in Comparative Perspective, Sean L. Yom

Part One: Mashriq

2. Syrian Arab Republic, Thomas Pierret

3. Republic of Lebanon, William Harris

4. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Curtis R. Ryan

5. State of Israel, Mira Sucharov and Hamed Mousavi

6. Palestine, Glenn E. Robinson

7. Republic of Turkey, Henri J. Barkey and Omer Taspinar

Part Two: Persian Gulf

8. Republic of Iraq, Ariel I. Ahram

9. Islamic Republic of Iran, Mark Gasiorowski

10. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sebastian Maisel

11. Eastern Arabian States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman, Jill Crystal

12. Republic of Yemen, Stacey Philbrick Yadav

Part Three: Maghrib

13. Arab Republic of Egypt, Joshua Stacher

14. State of Libya,  Karim Mezran

15. Republic of Tunisia, Lindsay J. Benstead

16. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Azzedine Layachi

17. Kingdom of Morocco, Gregory W. White

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Mark Gasiorowski is professor of political science at Tulane Universtiy. He is author of US Foreign Policy and the Shah: Building a Client State in Iran, and co-editor of Neither East Nor West: Iran, The Soviet Union, and the Unites States and Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran

Sean L. Yom is associate professor of political science at Temple University. He is the author of From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East


"The coverage is broad and systematic. The individual treatments are always lucid and well informed....The book as a whole is an excellent summing up on the politics of the Middle which serves as an introduction to the beginner and as a reference and point of departure for the specialist." - Middle East Journal

"This book offers an engaging and comprehensive introduction to the political, social, and economic development of the Middle East and North Africa. It is the only text on the market that brings attention to the rich histories and highlights the unique aspects of political development in each of the region's countries." - Feryal Cherif, Loyola Marymount University