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The Tragedy of the Middle East

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The Middle East has changed clearly, substantially, and dramatically during the last decade. Yet scholarly and public understanding lags far behind recent events. Barry Rubin's historical and political summation of the region shows how events and ideas have both shaped and altered its character. Three interlinked themes are crucial to the book. First, a reinterpretation of ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published September 30th 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published September 2nd 2002)
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More than anything, this read as grand indictment of the ruinous Arab regimes (and that of Iran) that have taken hold of the Middle East post-independence from the colonial powers that have relinquished control over the 20th century. Barry Rubin outlined the self-serving geopolitical apparatus of said regimes, which commonly and intensely destroys the social, economic, and global potential of the Middle Eastern region as a whole. He touched well on the redirection of domestic issues challenging ...more
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Barry Rubin is an American-born Israeli expert on terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), and a professor at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He is also editor of the journal 'Turkish Studies'.
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