Obama and the Middle East by Fawaz Gerges

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7 Critic Reviews

The book is a strong and informative primer on American involvement in the Middle East, but Gerges misses his chance to offer up concrete solutions...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

A hard-hitting assessment of Obama's current foreign policy and a sweeping look at the future of the Middle East

The 2011 Arab Spring upended the status quo in the Middle East and poses new challenges for the United States. Here, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's top Middle East scholars, delivers a full picture of US relations with the region. He reaches back to the post-World War II era to explain the issues that have challenged the Obama administration and examines the president's responses, from his negotiations with Israel and Palestine to his drawdown from Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq. Evaluating the president's engagement with the Arab Spring, his decision to order the death of Osama bin Laden, his intervention in Libya, his relations with Iran, and other key policy matters, Gerges highlights what must change in order to improve US outcomes in the region.

Gerges' conclusion is sobering: the United States is near the end of its moment in the Middle East. The cynically realist policy it has employed since World War II-continued by the Obama administration--is at the root of current bitterness and mistrust, and it is time to remake American foreign policy.

 

About Fawaz Gerges

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Fawaz A. Gerges is a professor of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he is chair of the Middle East Centre. He was a senior ABC television news analyst from 2000 until 2007 and has been a guest on Charlie Rose, Oprah, ABC Nightline, and other prominent shows. He has contributed pieces to The New York Times, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Journal, Al Mustaqbal al-Arabi, and many others. He lives in London.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by St. Martin's Press. 301 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, History. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Obama and the Middle East
All: 7 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Mar 15 2012

An exceptional book that thoroughly scrutinizes the struggles of all the nations of the Middle East and doesn’t hesitate to distribute blame where it’s warranted.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Apr 30 2012

The book is a strong and informative primer on American involvement in the Middle East, but Gerges misses his chance to offer up concrete solutions...

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The Economist

Excellent
Aug 04 2012

Mr Gerges has long urged America to shake up its policy in the region... Today such criticism may be more relevant than ever.

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Patheos

Excellent
Jun 26 2012

The book is incredibly well researched and I happen to largely agree with his premise that U.S. dominance in the Middle East is declining.

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The Big Story

Below average
Reviewed by Nahal Toosi on May 30 2012

But there are some major weaknesses in Gerges' analysis... I find myself wishing Gerges had been more clear.

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Times Higher Education

Excellent
Reviewed by Philip Robins on Jun 07 2012

There can be few more authoritative and engaging commentators than Fawaz Gerges...

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London School of Economics

Below average
Reviewed by Corrina Mullin on Aug 13 2012

Unfortunately, this weakness results in an overly optimistic conclusion that Gerges’ overall analysis makes it otherwise difficult to share.

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