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An Introduction to Middle East Politics


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The Ottoman Empire and its Legacy The Colonial Period Superpower Rivalry and the Cold War Nationalism, Islamism and the Politics of Ideology Israel, the Palestinians and the Peace Process Oil, Economy and Development Authoritarianism Democratisation and the Arab Uprisings International Relations of the Middle East in the new Global Order External Intervention and Invasion The Syrian Conflict

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Dr Benjamin MacQueen is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University. His research and teaching focuses on the politics of conflict, its resolution, and issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction with a specific emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa, with publications including American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East: From Bush to Obama (London: Routledge, 2013), with Shahram Akbarzadeh, James Piscatori, & Amin Saikal and Political Culture and Conflict Resolution in the Arab World: Lebanon and Algeria (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2009).


An Introduction to Middle East Politics is a fountain of carefully selected information and accessible analysis. The politics of the Middle East could be very confusing, even for veteran observers. But Benjamin MacQueen has managed to present a seamless account of the most pressing challenging in the region with just the right dose of historical and cultural background. The discussion of the politics of oil, challenges to democratisation, and the US policy in the region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring is superb. This book is a tour de force and an essential item for any collection on the Middle East. -- Shahram Akbarzadeh

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