Steven Heydemann, Special Adviser for Middle East Initiatives, United States Institute of Peace
"This fine collection, nicely introduced by Noureddine Jebnoun, features timely analyses by seasoned scholars, including several with a wealth of recent field experience in the Middle East. Particularly impressive are sage assessments by Clement M. Henry, Michael C. Hudson and Eric Davis, but case studies by a number of the authors are also of high quality. This is an indispensable volume for understanding the authoritarian political context in which the Arab Awakening began in late 2010. In addition, three noteworthy contributions on Iran expand the substantive canvas. At a time when on-the-fly books on the "Arab Spring" vie for attention, this volume offers more durable scholarship."
Professor Augustus Richard Norton, Boston University, USA
"Modern Middle East Authoritarianism: Roots, Ramifications, and Crisis is an exceptional addition to the existing body of scholarship on authoritarianism in the Middle East, and in general. It accurately reflects the various dynamics that animate authoritarian governments in the region and offers an astute set of observations about the origins and persistence of this phenomenon. Its relevance and rigor make it a useful tool for students of Middle Eastern politics and history, while its clear assessments of policy render it a necessary resource for policy makers. Many have come close to producing a book of this caliber, but few have patiently labored through analyses of a region swirling in change and delivered a product that may well become a staple of its discipline. The editors and contributors of this volume have done just that."
Nathan Lean, writer and scholar on the Middle East
As the Arab revolts in Egypt, Syria, and Libya face serious hurdles, and pessimism about the state of affairs in the region (with some optimism about Tunisia) is rising, this new edited volume comes as a welcome addition to the study of authoritarianism. So much has been written on the uprisings in the last three years that one would imagine that authoritarianism, as a system, no longer exists or that it has largely dissolved. Nothing could be further from reality; more studying and probing of these systems is needed, together with a deep analysis of the roots and ramifications of authoritarianism. […] Indeed, more research has to follow this important and timely book to explore these institutions, the survival of the old networks, the implications of repression of many decades on the population, and last but not least the hard journey of transition from authoritarianism to postauthoritarianism.
Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA