Author: Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Executive Education Director and Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute Geneva
Why have state-building projects across the MENA region proven to be so difficult for so long? Following the end of the Ottoman Empire in the early 1920s, the countries of the region began a violent and divisive process of state formation. But a century later, state-building remains inconclusive.
This book edited by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou and published by I.B. Tauris traces the emergence and evolution of state-building across the MENA region and identifies the main factors that impeded its success. In outlining the reasons why regional states remained hollow and devoid of legitimacy, each of the contributors shows that recent conflicts and crises are deeply connected to the foundational period of one century ago. The volume features contributions by stellar scholars including Faleh Abdel Jabar, Lisa Anderson, Bertrand Badie, François Burgat, Benoit Challand, Ahmad Khalidi, Henry Laurens, Bruce Rutherford, Jordi Tejel and Ghassan Salamé.