Sean L. Yom
Columbia University Press, 2016
This book engages Middle East politics to explore the connections between great power support, authoritarian politics, institutional development, and long-term stability. It subjects theories of autocratic regime durability to the causal gauntlet of comparative-historical case studies (Iran, Kuwait, and Jordan), and makes a singular claim: foreign powers can hurt more than they help when bailing out friendly dictatorships. Far from being innocuous helping hands, external support from geopolitical patrons like the US can leave behind destructive legacies by irreversibly undermining the social conflicts, ruling coalitions, and political institutions responsible for keeping these regimes afloat during crises.
Reviewed in Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Middle East Journal, Mediterranean Politics, Review of Middle East Studies, and Choice.
Edited by Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom
This is the latest edition of a long-running primer on Middle East politics that has been continuously published since 1980. It has been thoroughly revised to take into account the aftermath of the Arab Spring, the outbreak of new civil conflicts, and the dynamics of social transformation. It consists of a thick introductory section followed by 16 country-based chapters that cover almost the entire region, each authored by invited scholars with deep expertise and field-based research. Extensive bibliographical references and rich historical context make this a vital guide to Middle East analysts.