Insight Turkey
Insight Turkey
Challenging ideas
On Turkish politics and International affairs

Insight Turkey > Reviews > Book Reviews |

The Lost Spring: U.S. Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid

The book under review is a work by American-Lebanese scholar Walid Phares, who specializes in Middle East politics. He has worked in different advisory positions in the U.S., most notably, within the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Congress.

 

The book under review is a work by American-Lebanese scholar Walid Phares, who specializes in Middle East politics. He has worked in different advisory positions in the U.S., most notably, within the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Congress. In 2012, he served as Mitt Romney’s advisor for Middle East affairs during the latter’s presidential candidacy. In 2016, he played the same role for then candidate Donald Trump. He is the author of The Confrontation, Future Jihad, and The War of Ideas.

The book consists of fourteen chapters, starting with “Western Failure to Predict the 2011 Uprisings,” and ending with “Alternative Policies Regarding the Middle East.” In his preface, Phares refers to the 2009 “Green Revolution” in Iran and the 2011 Arab spring as a historical opportunity for the U.S. and the Western powers, which they could have taken advantage of with a view to weakening or even defeating “the global and Jihadi terror.” According to Phares, the U.S. and the West embraced wrongheaded policies when dealing with these events, which caused them to lose this unprecedented opportunity.

Already have an account? Sign In.
Print Subscription
4 Print Issues
Subscribe
Digital Subscription
4 Digital Issues
Subscribe
Premium Subscription
4 Print Issues
4 Digital Issues
Subscribe

Labels »  

We use cookies in a limited and restricted manner for specific purposes. For more details, you can see "our data policy". More...