Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

Conflicts in the Middle East since 1945

Synopsis

Giving a much-needed historical overview, this second edition of a successful book analyzes the nature of conflict in the Middle East, with its racial, ethnic, political, cultural, religious and economic factors.This second edition brings the book right up to date and includes:* an examination of the effects of 9/11 on the Middle East peace process* Bush's war on terrorism* an updated discussion of the superpower conflict in the Middle East and the Kurdish situation* a new chapter covering the recent war in Iraq.Also putting the main conflicts in to their wider context with a thematic debate of issues such as the emergence of radical Islam, the resolution of conflicts, diplomacy and peace-making and the role of the superpowers, this will follow in the footsteps of its predecessor and will become a key publication in the study of the Middle East.

Excerpt

The first edition of this book was written before a series of momentous events that have coloured the first years of the twenty-first century. They have placed new pressures on the forces for peace and confict in the Middle East region and the impact that the politics of this region has on the wider international order. We have accordingly modified this book to take account of such events as the ‘9/11’ al-Qaeda attacks on America, the subsequent American declaration of global war on terrorism, the invasion of Iraq, and the virtual collapse of the Middle East peace process within the Oslo framework. By revising this work for a new edition we are also able to take account of the useful criticism of earlier readers and users of this text. For example, we have expanded Chapter 3 on superpower rivalry and refined the following one on conflict in the name of Islam. Minor revisions on the chapters dealing with the Kurds, following the overthrow of Saddam’s regime in Iraq, and with the progress of peace after civil war and Israeli withdrawal in Lebanon refect changing circumstances.

We are generous with our definition of the Middle East and the territories and peoples who have been affected by conficts since 1945. In the interest of brevity we have concentrated on the more important events so some war zones such as the Sudan, Eritrea and the Western Sahara, for instance, are not featured. In this respect we are not entirely bound to territories or state but seek to explain confict in terms of other actors such as social or religious ones. We concentrate on territories, however, that have been badly scarred by conficts of a very modern variety. All too often conficts are about modern boundaries and barriers, but we choose to overcome them in presenting a different style of analysis in this book.

This text is aimed at a variety of readers. We aspire to open up what appear to be complex and intractable conficts to readers who are motivated by a variety of reasons to know more about the region and its political dynamics. Our original concept was to produce a book for an undergraduate audience, but perhaps because of renewed interest in Middle Eastern affairs and in . . .

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