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Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East
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Christopher Davidson
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Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

Christopher Davidson


One World

Middle Eastern history;
21st century history: from c 2000 -;
Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000;
International relations


688 pages

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For more than a century successive US and UK governments have sought to thwart nationalist, socialist and pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. Through the Cold War, the `War on Terror' and the present era defined by the Islamic State, the Western powers have repeatedly manipulated the region's most powerful actors to ensure the security of their own interests and, in doing so, have given rise to religious politics, sectarian war, bloody counter-revolutions and now one of the most brutal incarnations of Islamic extremism ever seen.

This is the utterly compelling, systematic dissection of Western interference in the Middle East. Christopher Davidson exposes the dark side of our foreign policy - dragging many disturbing facts out into the light for the first time. Most shocking for us today is his assertion that US intelligence agencies continue to regard the Islamic State, like al-Qaeda before it, as a strategic but volatile asset to be wielded against their enemies. Provocative, alarming and unrelenting, Shadow Wars demands to be read - now.

By:   Christopher Davidson
Imprint:   One World
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 53mm
Weight:   975g
ISBN:   9781786070012
ISBN 10:   1786070014
Pages:   688
Publication Date:   December 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Christopher Davidson is a Reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University.

'One of the most knowledgeable academics writing about the region. He sets out his scenario... with authoritative and often riveting detail.' Economist on After the Sheikhs 'Exceptionally argued... Davidson marshals an impressive array of evidence.' Independent on After the Sheikhs 'Here is what really distinguishes Mr. Davidson's book: Unlike most foreigners who want to remain in or return to this nondemocratic emirate, he has the courage to discuss what he calls Dubai's vulnerabilities.' New York Times on Dubai: The Vulnerability of Success

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