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Spotlight on the Middle East . . .

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Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia?

Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia?

David B. Ottaway

Mohammed bin Salman. A monarch-to-be without scruples? Or a visionary seeking a path to global power? A social reformer determined to bring his country into the twenty-first century? Or just another brutal dictator? A leader on the road to greatness, or one destined to follow in the footsteps of Icarus? Veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent David Ottaway draws on more than a half-century    More >

Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom

Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom

Sean Foley

T. E. Lawrence once observed that Saudi Arabia had "so little art" that it could "be said to have no art at all." Whether that was once the case is arguable. But that it is not the case now is clear in Sean Foley's Changing Saudi Arabia. Exploring the contemporary arts movement in Saudi Arabia in the context of the kingdom's changing political realities, Foley finds    More >

NATO and the Middle East: In Search of a Strategy

NATO and the Middle East: In Search of a Strategy

Rolf Schwarz

Over the course of more than seven decades, NATO has sought, but not settled on, an effective strategy for interacting with its neighbors in the Middle East and North Africa. Rolf Schwarz traces the evolution of NATO's engagement with its neighboring region—including the launching of the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative—and assesses its potential for    More >

The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World

The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World

Hicham Alaoui and Robert Springborg, editors

Despite substantial spending on education and robust support for reform both internally and by external donors, the quality of education in many, if not most, Arab countries remains low. Which raises the question: why? The authors of The Political Economy of Education in the Arab World find answers in the authoritarian political economies that shape the architecture of national governance    More >

Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly

How did the lands that are today Syria survive the vicissitudes of centuries of Ottoman, Egyptian, and French rule, only to stand in ruins today, shattered by a brutal civil war? To provide answers, James Reilly traces five centuries of Syrian history, from the Ottoman period to the present. Reilly brings to life the myriad historical, cultural, social, economic, and political factors that have    More >

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election

Afghanistan’s Troubled Transition: Politics, Peacekeeping, and the 2004 Presidential Election

Scott Seward Smith

Scott Seward Smith focuses on Afghanistan's 2004 presidential election—the first popular election ever held there—as he explores the painstaking attempt by the United Nations to develop democratic institutions in the country. Smith thoroughly describes the personalities, policies, bureaucracies, and external factors that shaped the faltering transition process from 2001 through    More >

 

NEWS AND NOTES

Let’s celebrate: Mcebisi Ndletyana's Anatomy of the ANC in Power: Insights from Port Elizabeth, 1990–2019 just received an “Essential” review in Choice: “[An] exemplary study.... Ndletyana’s examination of how and why the ANC became so corrupt, so dysfunctional, so focused on benefitting itself and its leading cadres ... is of enormous academic and public-policy value.... Essential.” —Choice
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