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Middle east politics and international relations (2018)

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Abstract

The contemporary Middle East has been defined by political crises and conflict. The interplay of internal and external factors have set the region on a path of turmoil and crisis with devastating outcomes for its people. The absence of political accountability and representation, and policies pursued by the United States to keep US-friendly regimes in power have been two key factors that have contributed to the seemingly insoluble Middle East politics.• Imperialism in the Middle East• Palestinian politics and the failure of the 'peace process'• Superpowers in the Middle East• The formation of the State of Israel• The Arab–Israeli wars• The Iranian Revolution and pan-Shi'ism• The US-led 'War on Terror'• The Arab uprisings• The Syrian War and the rise of the 'Islamic State'• US–Iran relationsThis book provides a detailed exploration of the forces, internal and external, that have shaped today's Middle East. The book follows a chronological order and provides context to major political milestones.This study puts recent developments in historical context, and will serve as a core reference tool for students and researchers of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations.