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Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance by David Gardner

Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance by David Gardner

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As Barack Obama seeks to chart a new course in American foreign policy, the author addresses the controversial but urgent question: why is the Middle East so dysfunctional? And what can be done about it? He looks at why conflict, despotism and sectarianism continue to flourish in the Arab world whilst as they decline everywhere else.

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As Barack Obama seeks to chart a new course in American foreign policy, one of the English language media's most respected authorities on the Arab world, David Gardner, addresses the controversial but urgent question: why is the Middle East so dysfunctional? And what can be done about it? Clear-sighted, never flinching from unpalatable truths, Gardner draws on his acute grasp of history and decades of experience covering the region to look at why conflict, despotism and sectarianism continue to flourish in the Arab world whilst as they decline everywhere else. The 'Middle East exception' is, he argues, a product of the West's own making. By supporting tyrants, fuelling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and demonizing democratically elected Islamist parties, the West in general but specifically America has incubated a region inherently resistant to economic and political reform, and suppurating with resentment. As the Obama administration plans its Middle East policy, Gardner argues for nothing less than a total reappraisal of what realpolitik means. The traditional shibboleths: support Israel, mollify the Saudis, suppress Islamism, simply will not do in the 21st century, he argues. Both an introduction to the modern Middle East and an impassioned polemic, "Last Chance" is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of the region.

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SKU GOR007904058
Title Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance
Author By (author) David Gardner
Contributor N/A
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Year Published 2011
Page Number 272
ISBN 1848857438
ISBN13 9781848857438
Cover Note Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
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Edition Text N/A
Note This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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