The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 5th Edition / Edition 5

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New editor Mark Gasiorowski joins David E. Long and Bernard Reich in providing comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of contemporary events and issues in this thoroughly revised edition.

Invited specialists contribute their authoritative discussions of the several states of the Middle East and North Africa. Eight of the book’s sixteen chapters are contributed by new authors, infusing the fifth edition of The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa with especially fresh perspectives on the region. New to this edition as well are fact sheets for each country, which provide key data in an easy-to-find and easy-to-use format, and five specially drawn maps, which provide students with more detail than previously on the region’s geography. The volume editors’ introductory chapter is thoroughly revised and thoughtfully expanded to provide a valuable overview of the region’s political systems.

As in previous editions, chapters are structured according to a standard format that addresses in turn each country’s history, economics, politics, and foreign policy, facilitating comparison and contrast across countries. A guide to further reading concludes each chapter. More than ever before, The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, fifth edition, is the single most comprehensive and authoritative text for courses on the government, politics, and economics of the contemporary Middle East and North Africa.

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Editorial Reviews

US scholars of political science focus in turn on 16 individual countries or groups. In order to incorporate events since the 1995 edition, most of the previous articles have been updated by their original authors, though a few new authors have also been added. Among the changes are a succession of new leaders, important alterations in regional alignments, and efforts to achieve peace and stabilize the region. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343617
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2007
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Long is a consultant on the Middle East and counterterrorism. He is retired from the U.S. Foreign Service and has taught and lectured extensively on Middle Eastern subjects. He is the author of The United States and Saudi Arabia: Ambivalent Allies (Westview, 1985) and The Anatomy of Terrorism (1990). Bernard Reichis Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Middle East Journal and of the International Editorial Board of Israel Affairs. He is the author of Quest for Peace: United States-Israel Relations and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, The United States and Israel: Influence in the Special Relationship, Israel: Land of Tradition and Conflict, Historical Dictionary of Israel, Securing the Covenant: United States-Israel Relations After the Cold War, Arab-Israeli Conflict and Conciliation: A Documentary History, and of Political Dictionary of Israel as well as the author of numerous articles, book chapters and monographs on Middle East politics, international politics, and United States foreign policy. Bernard Reich is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Gershon R. Kieval is senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and adjunct professor at George Washington University. Mark Gasiorowski is professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program at Louisiana State University. He specializes in the Middle East and Third World politics. His notable publications include US Foreign Policy and the Shah: Building a Client State in Iran and (with Malcolm Byrne) Mohammad Mosaddeq and the 1953 Coup in Iran.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Introduction 1
2 Republic of Turkey 9
3 Islamic Republic of Iran 47
4 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 72
5 Republic of Iraq 102
6 Eastern Arabian States: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Oman 128
7 Republic of Yemen 174
8 Republic of Lebanon 197
9 Syrian Arab Republic 225
10 Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan 246
11 State of Israel 267
12 The Palestinians 315
13 Arab Republic of Egypt 340
14 Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 370
15 Kingdom of Morocco 392
16 Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria 423
17 Republic of Tunisia 461
About the Book and Editors 489
About the Contributors 491
Index 495
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