Scripting Middle East Leaders

Scripting Middle East Leaders

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Both the US and the UK seemed caught off-guard by the uprisings in Libya and Egypt and policymakers had to deal with leaders that switched from being allies to qpariahs.q This collection of essays, written by leading scholars, examines the evolution of British and American perceptions of qadversariesq in the Middle East since the Cold War. It traces the evolution of how leaders have been perceived, what determined such perceptions, and how they can change over time. It shows that in many cases the beliefs held by policymakers have influenced their policies and the way they adapted during crisis. Each essay focuses on a Middle East leader, such as Nasser, Assad, Hussein, or Ahmadinejad, discussing what these leadersa€™ objectives were perceived to be, the assessments of their willingness to take risks or negotiate, and how such assessments changed overtime and were evaluated in retrospect. This groundbreaking contribution to the literature on leadership attitudes and perceptions in policymaking toward the Middle East will appeal to anyone studying foreign policy, Middle East politics and political psychology.focuses on international political and security issues in the Middle East, particularly UK, European and US relations with the region and the ... He received his MA and PhD (1991) in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Title:Scripting Middle East Leaders
Author:Sir Lawrence Freedman, Jeffrey Michaels
Publisher:A&C Black - 2012-12-20


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