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Politics of the Middle East

In this channel, you will find summaries on the Middle East, its history, its issues and its prospects.


9 Book

The Afghanistan Papers

A Secret History of the War
Craig Whitlock
Simon & Schuster, 2021
7 Book

The Problem of Democracy

America, the Middle East, and the Rise and Fall of an Idea
Shadi Hamid
Oxford UP, 2022
9 Article

Why Democracy Stalled in the Middle East

Economic Despair and the Triumph of the China Model
Amaney A. Jamal and Michael Robbins
Foreign Affairs, 2022
8 Article

Turkey, you were doing so well!

An economic success story runs off the rails.
Noah Smith
Noah Smith, 2022
8 Article

MBS Wants Saudi Arabia Fund to Reach $2 Trillion in Assets

The crown prince’s ambitious plan for the Public Investment Fund would change the kingdom’s dependence on oil while creating the world’s largest pool of institutional money, but questions remain.
Randy Diamond
Chief Investment Officer, 2021
9 Book

Children of Paradise

The Struggle for the Soul of Iran
Laura Secor
Riverhead, 2017
9 Book

The Arab Winter

A Tragedy
Noah Feldman
Princeton UP, 2020

Erdogan’s Empire

Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East
Soner Cagaptay
I.B.Tauris, 2019
8 Book


The Turbulent Life and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu
Anshel Pfeffer
Basic Books, 2018
7 Article

The End of Saudi Arabia’s Ambitions

MBS Must Cut His Losses to Avert Catastrophe
F. Gregory Gause III
Foreign Affairs, 2020