"Using a question-and-answer approach, Gelvin presents an overview of the contemporary Middle East, touching on topics including the 'perverse results' of the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, the rise of ISIS and other jihadi groups, the involvement of external actors and more." -- Survival: Global Politics and Strategy Vol.60.2
"Balanced, rigorous, and sparkling with insights, The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know is a wonderful primer on a region long dominated by polemics and easy generalizations. James L. Gelvin brings a historian's sensibility and jargon-free prose to illuminate the afflictions that have wracked the modern Middle East-civil war, militancy, and authoritarianism, to name a few-while never losing sight of its enormous human potential. This is a must-read for veteran observers and newcomers alike."-- Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, author of Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings?
"...the author constructs a narrative that connects modern-day events with their history, showing how the forces that shaped the Middle East indirectly led to today's problems and describing what recent history might suggest about the near future." -- Zander Guzy-Sprague, Middle East Institute
"The New Middle East is an outstanding contribution to our understanding the complexity, importance and tragedy of the modern Middle East ... The author clearly, skillfully, and smartly reveals the fundamental struggles that the region has endured since 2010. Equally as important, the author approaches the topic in a pragmatic, realistic manner and respects the limits of writing about history while in the midst of living it ... This is a book I will refer to often and be sure to have my students read regardless of the stage of their intellectual journey in the region." - Dr. Christopher P. Dallas-Feeney, Middle East Journal
"The author clearly, skillfully, and smartly reveals the fundamental struggles that the region has endured since 2010. Equally as important, the author approaches the topic in a pragmatic, realistic manner and respects the limits of writing about history while in the midst of living it." - Dr. Christopher P. Dallas-Feeney, Professorial Lecturer in Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
James L. Gelvin is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at UCLA. His publications include The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know®, The Modern Middle East: A History, and The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War.