From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East by Sean YomFrom Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East by Sean Yom

From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East

bySean Yom

Hardcover | December 1, 2015

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Based on comparative historical analyses of Iran, Jordan, and Kuwait, Sean L. Yom examines the foreign interventions, coalitional choices, and state outcomes that made the political regimes of the modern Middle East. A key text for foreign policy scholars, From Resilience to Revolution shows how outside interference can corrupt the most basic choices of governance: who to reward, who to punish, who to compensate, and who to manipulate.

As colonial rule dissolved in the 1930s and 1950s, Middle Eastern autocrats constructed new political states to solidify their reigns, with varying results. Why did equally ambitious authoritarians meet such unequal fates? Yom ties the durability of Middle Eastern regimes to their geopolitical origins. At the dawn of the postcolonial era, many autocratic states had little support from their people and struggled to overcome widespread opposition. When foreign powers intervened to bolster these regimes, they unwittingly sabotaged the prospects for long-term stability by discouraging leaders from reaching out to their people and bargaining for mass support-early coalitional decisions that created repressive institutions and planted the seeds for future unrest. Only when they were secluded from larger geopolitical machinations did Middle Eastern regimes come to grips with their weaknesses and build broader coalitions.

Sean L. Yom is assistant professor of political science at Temple University. His research focuses on the comparative politics of the Middle East, especially the dynamics and effects of authoritarianism, democracy, and U.S. foreign policy.
Title:From Resilience to Revolution: How Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle EastFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pagesPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

A Note on Transliteration and InterviewsAcknowledgments1. The Argument and the Cases2. Coalitions, State-Building, and Geopolitical Mediation3. Conflict and Compromise in Kuwait4. Inclusion and Stability in a Populist Autocracy5. Cliency and Coercion in Iran6. Exclusionary Politics and the Revolutionary End7. A Conflict Interrupted in Jordan8. Recurrent Tensions and Tenuous Survival Under Hashemite Rule9. The Geopolitical Origins of Durable Political OrderNotesBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

Impressive.... Yom's nuanced transnational account broadens our understanding of regime durability in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.