Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation

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North Africa: Politics, Region, and the Limits of Transformation. Edited by Yahia H. Zoubir and HaizamAmirah-Fernández. London and New York: Routledge,2008. 394 pp. $160 ($45.95, paper).

This impressive book, edited by Zoubir, director of research in geopolitics at Euromed Marseille, and Amirah-Fernández, of the Autonomous University of Madrid and senior analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies in Madrid, provides the reader with ample coverage of contemporary developments in the Maghreb, that North African region consisting of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania.

The book opens with a foreword by William B. Quandi, University of Virginia, who rightly notes that "with a population of around 85 million, this region provides relief from the horrific events of the eastern Arab world, while nonetheless reminding us of how challenging the processes of economic and political reform can be."

The volume provides abroad 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 separate 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 (Amazigh) identity in Algeria and Morocco. …

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