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.

The new Middle East - Paul Danahar

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Title
The new Middle East - the world after the Arab Spring
Author
Paul Danahar
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Bloomsbury
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20140508

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
organisation'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.Follow him at @pdanahar.

Danahar weaves a complex narrative into a lively, accessible read, much of which should withstand the passage of time . A solid but easygoing compendium for anyone who wants a read beyond the headlines, done with a journalistic lightness of touch
Daily Telegraph

This is a book about what happened after the Arab leaders were toppled in 2011, after the euphoria went flat and people went home again ... The optimistic take on the Arab revolution, though, is that the coups and massacres are part of a messy process that will eventually lead to more democratically responsive societies. This argument threads its way through Danahar's remarkable analysis of the Arab Spring and I would like it to come true ... Danahar, an old Iraq hand, knows his sectarian fault lines and is a good guide. And, exceptionally for an Arabist, he deftly weaves in the problems of Isreal ... This is a book that tries to engage with people who can speak for everyone in the Spring, from Brotherhood activists ... To Israeli and Egyptian generals. It is written in a spirit of adventure ... And is all the better for it
The Times

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 and the 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 a 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

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 travelled 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 Omaar

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

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

Danahar's account has the pacey urgency and vivid colour of on-the-day news reporting ... he gives coherence and shape to the historic shifts taking place. He has a talent for shutting the noise of extraneous detail and laying bare the big picture. This book is trenchant, opinionated, blunt, entertaining and pleasingly readable. 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

He reports perceptively on the internal contradictions of the Jewish state, from militant settlers to the ultraorthodox Haredim
Christopher de Bellaigue, Guardian

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

Type
BOOK
Edition
Revised and updated edition
Keyword Index
Arab Spring, 2010-|Middle East - Politics and government - 1979-
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
467

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