Negotiating Change: The New Politics of the Middle East

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As the US demand for Western-style democracy in the Middle East grows ever more strained, Harvard Middle East expert Jeremy Jones travels through the region evaluating the prospects for change. He engages with diverse political cultures, from traditional assemblies in the Persian Gulf, to sophisticated multiconfessional politics in the Levant. Drawing on 25 years experience in the region, and hundreds of interviews with government officials, opposition leaders, grassroots activists and ordinary people, he finds ...

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Overview

As the US demand for Western-style democracy in the Middle East grows ever more strained, Harvard Middle East expert Jeremy Jones travels through the region evaluating the prospects for change. He engages with diverse political cultures, from traditional assemblies in the Persian Gulf, to sophisticated multiconfessional politics in the Levant. Drawing on 25 years experience in the region, and hundreds of interviews with government officials, opposition leaders, grassroots activists and ordinary people, he finds real momentum towards democratic reform, but concludes that to be successful and durable, it must be pursued through local political cultures, not in spite of them. With a new perspective on a troubled region, his critique of US policy argues that promoting a "one-size-fits-all" democratic model has been misguided, and ultimately counter-productive.

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Meet the Author

Jeremy Jones runs his own international strategic consultancy firm in Oxford. He is a Research Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as well as a Senior Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
• Introduction: Political Ecology
• Machine Politics: Egypt
• Peace First: Palestine
• Faction Factories: Syria and Lebanon
• Islamists in Power: Turkey
• Parties and Kings: Morocco and Bahrain
• Itjihad: Iran
• The Airport State: Dubai Encouraging Women from the Top: Oman
• The New Centre of Gravity: Iraq
• Epilogue: Baghdad to Tehran

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