Critical Issues Facing The Middle East / Edition 1

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Addressing systemic changes in the Middle East's security environment since the Iraq War, prominent experts analyze the challenges these changes pose to U.S. strategy and policy. They examine the causes of profound economic, political and religious transitions and their implications for hopes of reform. Also examined are such long-term processes as population growth, environmental degradation, and educational failures.

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"A timely and readable compendium of informed expertise; bridging the divide of internal and external security; addressing the sources of Middle East insecurity from the interdisciplinary perspectives of economics, politics, history, international relations and religion. To cope with such a variegated security environment the sources of potential instability and conflict are broken into their constituent parts, developing a holistic focus that pierces the fog in shedding new light of the impending Middle East storm. Having no equal it will readily find its utility on student reading lists and the shelves of practitioners, commentators and critics.
--Glen M. Segell, FRGS, Director, Institute of Security Policy.

"Critical issues in Middle East Security challenges the conventional wisdom that the driving search for Middle East is, or should be, a purely military consideration. Although current events in Iraq and elsewhere give good reason to rest comfortably with such a notion, the book's authors dig deeper to probe the underlying sources of the region's current and coming challenges. Critical Issues is an important contribution, by important scholars, and deserves a wide readership by those concerned with the seemingly unending cycle of conflict roiling the Middle East."
-- Rachel Bronson, author of Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia, Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

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Meet the Author

James Russell is Senior Lecturer, Department of National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--James A. Russell
Political Economy
• Long Term Sources of Instability in the Middle East--Alan Richards
• Reforming the Rentier State: The Imperatives for Change in the Gulf --Robert Looney
Emerging Political Dynamics
• Oslo's Success, a Militarized Resistance: Changing Opposition Tactics in the Palestinian Territories--Anne Marie Baylouny
• Islamization and American Policies--Barak A. Salmoni
• Democratic Nation Building in the Arc of Crisis: The Case of the Presidential Election in Afghanistan--Thomas H. Johnson
Regional Security and Stability
• The Arab-Israeli Conflict and Regional Stability--Ellen Laipson and Emile Hokayem
• Iraq and the New Regional Security Dynamic--Judith Yaphe
Strategy and Policy * Strategy, Policy and War in Iraq: The United States and the Gulf in the 21st Century--James A. Russell

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