New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring

 
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In 2011 the Arab revolts changed the Middle East forever. The toppling of a generation of dictators left the region in turmoil. Has the promise of the Arab Spring been lost? What does the rise of religious extremism on Europe's doorstep mean for the West and its allies? Is America giving up on the region and, if so, who will lead the new Middle East?

Drawing on compelling first-hand reporting, a deep knowledge of the region's history and access to many of the key players, BBC Bureau Chief Paul Danahar lays bare the forces that are shaping the region.

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Paul Danahar was the BBC’s Middle East Bureau Chief (2010–13) and ran the organization’s news coverage of the Arab Spring. He was awarded an MBE in 2003 for his work as the Baghdad Bureau Chief during the American-led invasion. Prior to his present posting he was the BBC’s East Asia Bureau Chief for three years, and previous to that he was the BBC’s South Asia Bureau Chief, covering the rise, fall and eventual return of the Taliban. He is one of a small number of journalists to have worked in all three countries that make up the so-called ‘Axis of Evil’: Iraq, Iran and North Korea. In 2013 he was appointed the BBC’s North America Bureau Chief, based in Washington.
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“Danahar's analysis and projections are incisive and will appeal to policy wonks, while his conversational tone and ability to engage with a wide range of subjects will benefit a general readership.” ―Publishers Weekly

The New Middle East is far and away the best book I've read on the effects of the Arab Spring: an excellent amalgamation of the scholarly and the journalistic, which gives it both a magisterial overview with precision of close-up experience. Country by country, Danahar has gone through the most important countries of the region, tracking the causes of change and the likely effects, and each of his judgments seems to me to be precise, enviably clear, thoroughly grounded and highly impressive. The world will move on after The New Middle East, and there will be major new developments, especially in Syria, but this book will continue to offer far more than just snapshot of a particular moment: it will be a text which I, for one, will come back to again and again in order to understand the future.” ―John Simpson

“There is lots of writing about the Middle East, much of it muddle-headed and ludicrously partial. It leaves you longing for a book that is clear-headed, honest and intelligent. Paul Danahar has produced such a book. His narrative spans a turbulent time but throughout all the upheavals and horrors he witnesses Danahar is a calm and intelligent witness. There is also great humanity in this excellent book. One is never allowed to forget that the Arab Spring is a narrative of people in extremis.” ―Fergal Keane

“Reporters who can analyse, and analysts who spent time on the ground, are rare. Time and again in this thorough, provocative and readable work, Danahar shows he combines the best of both. Danahar has spent years on the ground, working in some of the toughest places in the world. But this is no instant journalist's account. Every turned page reveals deep research, powerful argument and a talent for acutely observed detail. Anyone interested in the Middle East, its present, past or future, should read this book.” ―Jason Burke

“It's hard to think of a senior BBC journalist better placed to write such a fine book on what the Middle East and the world looks like in the wake of the Arab Spring or one that has more insights . . . He has managed to achieve what many writers rarely do; to allow the voices of the people he has met, interviewed and worked and traveled with to emerge and to paint a picture of the Arab Spring through their eyes. He has done so in a style that is immediate, accessible, and filled with warmth, compassion, realism.” ―Rageh Omar

“Danahar's account has the pacey urgency and vivid color of the on-the-day news reporting . . . he gives coherence and shape to the historic shifts taking place. He has talent for shutting the noise of extraneous detail and laying bare the big picture. This book is trenchant, opinionated, blunt, entertaining and pleasingly readbale. If you want a thorough accessible account of what has been going on in the Arab world over the last decade--and the historical context that gave rise to it--look no further.” ―Allan Little

“A cogent prognosis for the post-revolutionary Arab world.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Danahar uses his years of firsthand experience covering Middle East affairs, coupled with historical context, to inform the breakdown of Arab Spring events and highlight the social, political, and economic forces at play. He describes and analyzes the implications of these forces in shaping the future makeup of the Middle East, particularly for the Arab Spring countries themselves, from that pivotal moment forward. He analyzes each of the countries individually, and further ties his analysis to Western interests, explaining the complexity of the West's stakes in the Middle East.” ―The Middle East Journal, Vol 68, No. 1

"A timely exploration of an unstable region still on the brink of change and revolution." ―Traveller

"Are you confused by the welter in the Middle East, headlines crowded with revolution and coup, Islamism, civil war and resurgent jihad? May I recommend Paul Danahar’s excellent regional survey, The New Middle East: The World After the Arab Spring? Danahar is the BBC’s Middle East bureau chief, experienced and clear eyed. His style is crisp and elegant, equally adept at telling human portraits as interviewing generals and presidents and sketching historical context . . . The events of the Arab Spring and its aftermath will continue to defy prediction; but in the meantime, it’s worth reading Danahar to take stock of some of the geopolitical tectonic shifts and the forces that are remaking our old assumptions." ―Prospect

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