Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth

by Avi Melamed, Lucy Aharish

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ISBN-13: 9781634509763
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 746,580
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Acclaimed Israeli intelligence analyst Avi Melamed has spent more than thirty years interpreting Middle East affairs. His long-awaited Inside the Middle East challenges widely-accepted perceptions and provides a gripping and uniquely enlightening guide to make sense of the events unfolding in the region—to answer how the Arab world got to this point, what is currently happening, what the ramifications will be, how they will affect Israel, and what actions must immediately be undertaken, including how Western leaders need to respond.

Melamed considers all the major power players in the Middle East, explains the underlying issues, and creates a three-dimensional picture, an illustration that connects the dots and provides a fascinating roadmap. He elucidates developments such as the Arab Spring, the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood, the rise of ISIS, the epic Sunni-Shiite animosity, the essence of the war in Syria, the role of the Caliphate and Jihad, and the looming nuclear arms race. He also provides a rare opportunity to journey into the psyche of Arab society. Look through the lens of its leaders and its most ruthless terrorists. See what makes them tick and what they want. Discover how they can be overtaken.

This unparalleled volume is a milestone in our understanding of the Middle East. It is the untold story of the struggles that will shape the region, and the world, for decades to come, and a groundbreaking guide that will shake you to the core, force you to reevalute your outlook, and give you tips to navigate the future.

Table of Contents

Foreword Lucy Aharish ix

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 The Distorted Compass 1

Chapter 2 The Arab Awakening: Screams of Anger 21

Chapter 3 Political Islam: Belly Dancing in the Driver's Seat 29

Chapter 4 Militant Islam: Bin Laden Is Both Dead and Alive 43

Chapter 5 The Iranian-Arab Power Struggle; The Past Is Still Present 85

Chapter 6 The War in Syria 115

Chapter 7 Long Live the King: The Monarchic Regimes 161

Chapter 8 The Failures of the West 173

Chapter 9 The Struggle for Identity: Salsa Dancing and the Niqab 197

Chapter 10 The Internet: The Phantom Empire 215

Chapter 11 The Criticism of Israel: The Knight and the Dragon 229

Chapter 12 What Lies Ahead: Reigns of Fear, Empire of Hope 261

Glossary 277

Central Players and Quick Facts 291

Map 303

Notes 305

Acknowledgments 351

Index 355

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