About The Book
In the twenty-first century, West Asia is moving in different directions—politically, culturally and economically—with far-reaching consequences for global peace and security. On the one side, political change through Arab Spring uprooted many authoritarian regimes and brought democratic elements in West Asian polity while on the other side instability and uncertainty continue to challenge many countries like Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon. Religious fundamentalism assumed new twist with the rise of forces like ISS that triggered a wave of violence in many West Asian countries and other parts of the world. Insecurity has resulted in millions of refugees in West Asia to seek migration to Europe and other parts of the world. The global powers, which spoiled the peace and prosperity of the region through colonialism and imperialism, show least interest in the present West Asia imbroglio. Most of the turmoil in West Asia is linked with its history and culture. It is not possible to address the deep-seated problems involved in the social transformation in these countries through overthrow of old regimes. These countries need more political and economic stability with popular participation. However, mistrust and uncertainties are threatening peace and security in the region. This book contains 13 articles by leading West Asian scholars on different dimensions of the geo-political scenario of the region.
About The Author
K.M. Sajad Ibrahim is currently Head, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. He was the Director, UGC-Nehru Studies Centre, University of Kerala during 2011-18. In recognition of the friendship, co-operation and dedication to exemplary civic service, he was conferred Honorary Citizenship by the Mayor of the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA in July 2008. He is the recipient of Dr. Ramaswamy Mudaliar Gold Medal (1990) of the University of Kerala. He also won Professor Nandan Menon Prize from the University of Kerala in 1990. He has authored four books, viz. Palestinian Distress: The Ambiguity of Former Soviet Policy (2007); Globalisation, Fundamentalism and Terrorism: Issues in South India (edited, 2012); South Asia: Post-Nehruvian Dynamics of Diplomacy (edited, 2013) and Democracy and Development in India: Nehru and Beyond (edited, 2016). He has also contributed about 35 research articles in various national and international journals including Economic and Political Weekly, India Quarterly and chapters in edited books. His areas of research include West Asian politics, Indian democracy, Indian Muslims, comparative politics and international relations.