Non-State Actors in the Middle East: Factors for Peace and Democracy

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Galia Golan, Walid Salem
Routledge, Nov 26, 2013 - Political Science - 231 pages
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As the recent revolutions in the Middle East have demonstrated, civil society in this part of the world is on the move. The increasingly important role of non-state actors – a phenomenon of globalization- has characterized developments throughout the region, affecting the struggle for democracy and for peace.

This volume brings together scholars primarily form the region to analyse the varied activities and contributions of NGOs, the private sector and the new media, from Morocco to Iran, along with the involvement of diaspora groups. The chapter on facebook in the recent Egyptian revolution captures the role of this new media while the study on similar technology in Iran outlines the barriers raised by the authorities in the current struggles there. Even the fledgling process of democratization in Saudi Arabia is driven by non-state actors while the veteran women's movements in the Maghreb serve as an example for the post-Arab spring era in those countries.

Providing one of the first assessments of the role of non-state actors in the Middle East, this book will be essential reading for students of Political Science, Sociology and Civil Society, amongst others.


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Middle East is the heart of the Land, the land of prophets, the land of primary civilization, the land of Mesopotamia, the land of oil , the land of dictators, the land of great empires, the land that divided by Sykes-Picot Agreement, the Land of Kurdistan Mountain chains, this book seem to be great view in such a wonder land. 


PART I Civil society NGOs
PART II New media
PART III Diaspora
PART IV Private Companies

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Galia Golan is a leading Israeli political scientist, formerly head of the Political Science Department at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, currently Head of the M.A. and Conflict Resolution Programs at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC) and the author of ten books, most recently on the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel and Palestine: Peace Plans and Proposals from Oslo to Disengagement (second edition 2007); presently working on Breakthroughs and Failures in Israeli Peace-making Since 1967.

Walid Salem is the director of Panorama, the Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development in Palestine.

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