Shahram Akbarzadeh, Kylie Baxter
Routledge: London.
Publication year: 2018

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.

This 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.

Topics explored include:

  • Imperialism in the Middle East
  • The formation of the State of Israel
  • The Arab–Israeli wars
  • Palestinian politics and the failure of the ‘peace process’
  • The Iranian Revolution and pan-Shi’ism
  • Superpowers in the Middle East
  • The US-led ‘War on Terror’
  • The Arab uprisings
  • The Syrian War and the rise of the ‘Islamic State’
  • US–Iran relations

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.