Eugene Rogan's The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East; 1914-1920 is a brilliant book that combines the academic rigor one expects from a serious work of history and a fluid writing style that makes it an enjoyable read.
In an effort to lure much-needed foreign investment in the country, the Egyptian government held an international economic conference last week in Sharm el-Sheikh.
The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together and where the trade routes between China, India, and Europe converge. It has two-thirds of the world’s energy reserves. It is also the epicenter of this planet’s increasing religious strife.
The precipitous and sustained drop in oil prices and the unwillingness of the OPEC countries to cut down oil production to stem that fall has led to a spirited debate in the region on the possible reasons for the price drop.
Global stock markets are experiencing a bumpy ride. Investor confidence is shaken. Analysts largely blame falling oil prices — which have hit five-year lows at US$ 62 a barrel due to a glut in the market, combined with reduced demand from countries undergoing a reduction in growth.
In the aftermath of the Arab Awakening of 2011-12, the relatively stable Gulf Arab principalities have attracted much attention among policy makers and scholars.