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.
From author Avi Melamed:
The conflicts in the Middle East grow more confusing and dangerous every day.
In my encounters with thousands of people from across the world - from global leaders to high school students - I know there is deep and intense thirst for knowledge because today understanding the Middle East is not optional it’s mandatory.
My new book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth is based on my decades of advisory, counterterrorism, education, and intelligence positions - as well as my intimate connections throughout the Arab world.
The book also provides the building blocks and database to understand the contemporary Middle East, offers a unique insight into the Arab world, and is a GPS to help you navigate the dramatically changing Middle East.”
In the book, I also offer an out of the box idea that could lead to a positive breakthrough in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.
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About the Author
Avi Melamed is a former Israeli senior official on Arab affairs and intelligence official, and today an independent Middle East strategic intelligence analyst and the fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs at the Eisenhower Institute. He is the coauthor of Separate and Unequal: The Inside Story of Israeli Rule in East Jerusalem and the author of Ubrusi, a novel. He lives in Israel.
Lucy Aharish is an Arab news presenter, reporter, and television host on Israel's Channel 2, and the former prime-time manager and chairwoman of the Israeli news channel i24news's morning and evening editions.
Table of Contents
Foreword Lucy Aharish ix
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
Central Players and Quick Facts 291
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