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Why Is the Middle East Entering a “New Era?” Is It a New Dawn? Is It a Setting Sun?
In the third decade of the twenty-first century, the Middle East is entering a new era. A multifaceted and intricate equilibrium will write the next chapter of this region. The new era we are entering is fraught with challenges and full of opportunities.
The new era is both defined by, and a result of, a combination of ancient and modern, domestic, regional, and international processes. Iran and Turkey each strive to position themselves as the regional superpower. In parallel, the people of the region struggle to overcome increasing domestic challenges. These developments, combined with an escalating struggle over path, identity, and direction, could result in a new model of statehood in the Arab world. While some countries take the turbulent path toward a possible new statehood model, others are fighting for their sovereignty and survival. All of this is occurring while Western hegemony in the Middle East is coming to an end and the Eastern giants are on the rise.
Acclaimed Middle East expert, an Israeli fluent in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, Avi Melamed has a proven exceptional record of foreseeing the evolution of events in the Middle East and their impact on a local and regional level. In this book, Melamed takes you on a fascinating eye-opening journey through the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East in the third decade of the twenty first century. He challenges common Western concepts, narratives, and theories. And he provides predictions about some of the most central regional issues of the day.
Using primarily sources from the region, Avi Melamed provides a professional, rare insider’s view and clearly and insightfully contextualizes current regional events. Inside The Middle East: Entering a New Era provides the knowledge and tools to connect the dots. This distinct understanding allows the reader to build a multidimensional picture of the geopolitical reality of the Middle East today and provides an unparalleled foundation for navigating the events of tomorrow.
AVI MELAMED is a former Israeli intelligence official, senior official on Arab Affairs, and served as the Salisbury Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs at the Eisenhower Institute in Washington, DC. He is an expert on current affairs in the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on the Middle East and Israel’s geopolitical environment. In his public service, Avi has held high-risk government, senior advisory, and counter-terrorist intelligence positions.
Avi is the founder of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives (ITME). ITME is a distinct empowering educational program that provides an apolitical non-partisan education about the contemporary Middle East and uses intelligence methodology to teach critical thinking and media literacy.
Avi has coauthored Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Rule in East Jerusalem and wrote Ubrusi: The Novel. His last book, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth, is a GPS to help navigate the dramatically changing Middle East.
MAIA HOFFMAN earned her BA in Islamic and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and her MA in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University. She graduated with honors from both institutions. Today, Maia is the Chief Operating Officer of Inside the Middle East | Intelligence Perspectives (ITME). Maia’s distinct professional background affords her international access to create bespoke, impactful, interactive educational encounters and experiences in Israel and throughout the Middle East.
Publication Date: 02/08/2022 - 12:00am
On Sale: 02/08/2022 - 12:00am