Fawaz A. Gerges is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and holder of the Emirates Professorship in Contemporary Middle East Studies. He was also the inaugural Director of the LSE Middle East Centre from 2010 until 2013.
Gerges’ most recent books include ISIS: A History (Princeton University Press, April 2016 – To read the book’s Kirkus review click here), Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalised Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2015); The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, January 2014) and Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment? (Palgrave Macmillan, September 2013). On the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 , Oxford University Press released Gerges’ book, The Rise and Fall of Al Qaeda.
Gerges’ New Book:
- Making the Arab World: Nasser, Qutb and the Clash That Shaped the Middle East (Princeton University Press, March 2018).
In 2013, just two years after the popular overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically elected president—Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood—and subsequently led a brutal repression of the Islamist group. These bloody events echoed an older political rift in Egypt and the Middle East: the splitting of nationalists and Islamists during the rule of Egyptian president and Arab nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser.
In Making the Arab World, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world’s leading authorities on the Middle East, tells how the clash between pan-Arab nationalism and pan-Islamism has shaped the history of the region from the 1920s to the present. To read the book’s Kirkus review click here.
Gerges’ Upcoming Book:
- The Hundred-Year-War for Control of the Middle East, 1918-2018 (Princeton University Press, 2019).
- Project Syndicate: Trump’s Pro-ISIS Foreign Policy >read
- Project Syndicate: The Strategic Logic of the Islamic State >read
- The Guardian: Erdoğan may be divisive, but a coup in Turkey would have been devastating >read
- The Guardian: A diplomatic breakthrough is a long way off in Syria’s deadly war >read
- Los Angeles Times: The three manifestos that paved the way for Islamic State >read
- Foreign Policy Journal: The World According to ISIS >read
- BBC: Syria war: Tide turns Assad’s way amid ceasefire push >read
- BBC: The rise of IS – and how to beat it >read
- Current History: ISIS and the Third Wave of Jihadism >read
- CNN: Peter Kassig’s murder by ISIS: A sign of weakness from a terror group on the run >read
- BBC: Islamic State: Can its savagery be explained? >read
- USA Today: Israeli excesses provoke Hamas >read
- BBC: Iraq’s central government suffers mortal blow >read
- Aljazeera: Syria: The odds are against the opposition >read
- CNN: Opinion: Why Iraq elections can’t fix chaos left behind by U.S. >read
- Aljazeera: Syria: Elections in the time of carnage >read
- The Guardian: Al-Maliki’s divisive leadership has opened a window for al-Qaida in Iraq >read
- The Guardian: Saudi Arabia and Iran must end their proxy war in Syria >read
- H-Diplo Roundtable Review: Obama and the Middle East: The End of America’s Moment >read
- The Guardian: Only Assad can prove the ‘toxic gas’ claims are false >read
- Foreign Policy, The Middle East Channel: Premature Obituaries for Political Islam >read
- The Guardian: Egypt coup: the military has not just ousted Morsi. It has ousted democracy >read
- CNN: Why drone strikes are real enemy in ‘war on terror’ >read
- CNN: Syrian hostilities bring Middle East catastrophe closer >read
- BBC: Syria’s set for drawn-out conflict >read
- Gerges discussing Assad’s state of mind on CNN’s Amanpour >watch
- Review of Obama and the Middle East in LSE’s Review of Book >read
- The Huffington Post reviews Obama and the Middle East >read
- The Guardian: Egypt’s Sinai problem won’t be solved with airstrikes >read
- The Economist reviews Obama and the Middle East >read
- The Guardian: The Syrian regime is not a house of glass >read
- CNN: Syria’s attack on Turkish plane could ignite conflict >read
- Reuters: A Muslim Brother leads Egypt, have no fear >read
- Times Higher Education: Obama and the Middle East selected as Book of the Week >read
- New Statesman: why the crisis in Syria will be long and bloody >read
- Discussing what comes next in Syria with Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s Global Public Square >watch
- Christian Science Monitor: Will Al Qaeda cement its foothold in Syria? >read
- Newsweek: How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda >read
- openDemocracy: The new capitalists: Islamists’ political economy>read