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Critical Turning Points in the Middle East: 1915 - 2015 [Hardcover]

Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan , Graeme P. Herd , Lisa Watanabe

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28 April 2011
This book takes a refreshing look at the modern Middle East through the prisms of six cascading negative critical turning points. It identifies the seeds of a potential seventh generated by poor governance paradigms and exacerbated by geopolitical competition for the region's natural resources. The authors argue that this problem can only be effectively addressed through the development of endogenous good governance paradigms that are culturally appropriate, affordable and acceptable to the people of the Middle East, while meeting certain minimal criteria that ensure global moral and political cooperation. They conclude by proposing a set of recommendations designed to promote stability and security in the region and to enable its true potential as a vibrant, tolerant and innovative region to be realized.

Now in paperback, this book includes a new postscript from the authors exploring the latest developments in the Middle East including the Arab Spring. It will appeal to a wide range of scholars in History, Political Science, International Relations and Middle Eastern studies.

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Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan is a Philosopher, Neuroscientist and Geostrategist.

He is a Senior Member of St. Antony's College at Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom and Senior Scholar in Geostrategy and Director of the Geopolitics of Globalisation and Transnational Security Programme at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Geneva, Switzerland.

He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D, and trained in Neurosurgery/Neuroscience research at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University and Harvard University. He founded the Neurotechnology programme, headed Translational Research and founded the Laboratory for Cellular Neurosurgery and Neurosurgical Technology at MGH, Harvard. He was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, has published extensively on Neuroscience research and won several research prizes. These include: The Sir James Spence Prize; The Gibb Prize; The Farquhar-Murray Prize; The American Association of Neurological Surgeon Prize (twice); The Meninger Prize; The Annual Resident Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons; The Young Investigator Prize of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons; The Annual Fellowship Prize of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

His Geostrategy interests include: Geopolitics of the Middle East; Sustainable National and Global Security; Geopolitics of outer Space and Strategic Technologies; and Global Strategic Cascading Risks.

His Philosophical interests include: Global Justice; Human Dignity and International order; Transcultural Synergy; Philosophy of Human Nature; Philosophy of Sustainable History; History of Ideas; Cellular and Neurochemical Foundations and Predilections of Human Nature and Their Implications for War, Peace and Moral and Political Cooperation.

He has proposed many innovative theories and concepts in Philosophy, Global security, and Geostrategy and published 19 books. He is best known for his Four Philosophical and analytic works on global politics: "Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man"; "Emotional Amoral Egoism"; "Neo-Statecraft and Meta-Geopolitics", and "Symbiotic Realism ". He has two new books from Palgrave: "Critical turning points in the Middle East: 1915-2015"; and "The Politics of Emerging Strategic Technologies".

For additional information on Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan's publications and ideas, please see:

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"This is a thoughtful and thought-provoking study that makes evident the history behind the current situation. The study concludes with a set of recommendations designed to promote stability and security."
- Book News Inc: Reference and Research Book News

"This book offers a unique way of looking at the events that have transpired in the Middle East over the past century. Interpreting events through the prism of good governance and dignity deficits offers the reader a chance to see how the same moment in time can be viewed by different audiences with sometimes tragic consequences. The authors' ability to use these past events as a way to shape future policies in and toward the region are most insightful."
- Roger Kangas, Washington D.C., USA.

"[This book] provide a remarkably balanced and insightful picture of the forces that have driven the Arab world over the past Century. Unlike so many other studies, it explains events from an Arab perspective [...] and the critical impact of the Arab-Israeli conflict without choosing sides. The final section on "dignity deficits" makes it clear that the fact the underlying forces involved are not driven by problem in Islam or by some "clash between civilizations," and provides realistic and balanced priorities for dealing with problems that the Arab world must now solve to move forward."
- Anthony H. Cordesman, Washington D.C., USA

"At long last a book on the Middle East which is free from the usual Western stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims [...] The result is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book on an eventual century in Middle Eastern history."
– Avi Shlaim, University of Oxford, UK

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This book offers recommendations designed to promote stability and security in the Middle East and to enable the realisation of its true potential as a vibrant, tolerant and innovative region

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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly multilateral approach to the Middle East 21 Mar 2013
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While there are many broad studies of the history of the Middle East and a heap of literature dedicated to specific events, I have never come across a book that provides a better template for delving into the particular cruxes of a history within its greater context over time. It is a perfect book for anyone who is looking to gain a broad understanding of the history of the region, without losing the importance of the details, thinkers, ideologies, and resultant movements that come from the Middle East's unique turning points in history.

As a student I also found it very useful for the sources the authors' reference. Aside from the bibliographic notes, the specific people mentioned, provides a very smooth point of access for attempting to delve into studies of the Middle East. A great work to use as a launching point!
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