The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East
ISBN: 0471739014
EAN13: 9780471739012
Language: English
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 9.3" L x 6.2" W
Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

The United States has made the spread of democracy in the Middle East the cornerstone of its foreign policy. Though administration officials expect democratic ideals will be embraced there with enthusiasm, much of the rest of the world has greeted this strategy with enormous skepticism.

The Long War for Freedom is the first book to investigate whether a real base of support for reform, moderation, and democratization even exists in the region. Barry Rubin, one of the West's most trusted experts on Arab opinion and political culture, takes a close look at the brave, promising group of Arab liberals who have shown great personal courage and faced overwhelming odds to advocate new freedoms for their fellow citizens.

Rubin's key insight is that the dynamic isn't a simple two-way fight--as it was with democratic reformers in Communist countries whom the Arab liberals are often compared to--between hardliners and reformers. Instead, the interplay is among the rulers, the religious radicals, and the reformers, who constantly pair off in different ways in different countries.

Yet the questions remain: How receptive are Arab states to reform? What are the obstacles that stand in the way of its establishment there, and how can they be overcome? Would any further actions taken by the United States or Israel do more harm than good?

The future of the world may rest in large part on what happens to the small band of heroes celebrated in The Long War for Freedom, since they may turn out to be the only real hope for peace and progress in the Middle East.

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