Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan, Graeme Herd, Lisa Watanabe
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.
The Historical Legacy – The Rise and Fall of the Golden Era
The First Critical Turning Point – 1915-22
The Second Critical Turning Point – 1948
The Third Critical Turning Point – 1967
The Fourth Critical Turning Point – 1979
The Fifth Critical Turning Point – 1987-91
The Sixth Critical Turning Point – 2001
Implications for a Potential Critical Seventh Turning Point – 2011-15
"At long last a book on the Middle East which is free from the usual Western stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims. Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan is a distinguished neuroscientist and geostrategist with an intimate knowledge of the Middle East and genuine empathy for its people. The result is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book on an eventful century in Middle Eastern history."
Professor Avi Shlaim, FBA, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, UK