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- DescriptionAs 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 ecomic and political reform, and suppurating with resentment. As the Obama administration plans its Middle East policy, Gardner argues for thing less than a total reappraisal of what realpolitik means. The traditional shibboleths: support Israel, mollify the Saudis, suppress Islamism, simply will t 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.
- Author BiographyDavid Gardner is Chief Leader Writer and Associate Editor at the Financial Times. He was the paper's Middle East Editor from 1995-1999. In 2003 he won the David Watt prize for political journalism for his writing on the Arab world.
- Author(s)David Gardner
- PublisherI.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
- Date of Publication18/12/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight318 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine20 mm
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