The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

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This seventh edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa updates the previous edition and introduces the reader to the growing challenges now facing the region. Substantial change has occurred in the Middle East and North Africa since the last edition went to press in late 2009. Most notably, the popular uprisings dubbed the “Arab Spring” have roiled the region, affecting every country there in one way or another. The region also has been affected in recent years by the continuing challenges posed by radical Islamist movements, severe geopolitical tensions, high oil prices, the global recession, and the steady advance of globalization. The contributors to this volume address the effects of these and other factors on the contemporary politics of each country in the region.

Several changes have occurred since the previous edition. Most importantly, David Long and Bernard Reich, who published the first edition in 1980 and have inspired and overseen each edition since then, have moved on to other things, leaving Mark Gasiorowski as the sole editor. Mark thanks them for doing an excellent job on the previous editions and giving him the opportunity to follow in their footsteps. In addition, several new authors have joined the list of contributors for this edition. Joshua Stacher and Christopher Alexander have taken over authorship of the Egypt and Tunisia chapters, respectively. And Raymond Hinnebusch has joined David Lesch as coauthor of the Syria chapter.

The introductory chapter of this volume gives a broad overview of the region, sketching its geography, history, social and economic conditions, and prevalent types of political regimes. The subsequent chapters cover the domestic politics and foreign policy of every country in the region, as well as the Palestinian Authority. Each of these chapters follows a common format, examining a country’s historical background, the factors that shape its domestic politics, and its foreign policy. These chapters also contain maps showing the geography of each country, fact boxes giving key details, and annotated bibliographies with references for further reading. Each chapter is written by a leading scholar and . . .

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