New Directions in the Middle East

Edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman


This book presents essays based on papers at the annual Middle East Dialogue held in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES) and the Policy Studies Organization (DOMES Book 2 Cover FRONT ONLYPSO), and at the Conference of the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration (AMEPPA) held in Ifrane, Morocco. The authors suggest much needed and even radical reforms amidst a series of conflicts that include the standoff between Israel and its Arab neighbors, the role and impact of social media as empowered by technology, and the citizens’ shrill demands for political, economic, and social change. Those interested in crisis management and conflict resolution will find this a must read. The contributors represent an unusually wide variety of political and religious views and include a number who enjoy considerable standing in the Arab world.

“This exceptional work, composed of two volumes, ‘Middle East: Conflicts & Reforms’ and ‘New Directions in the Middle East’ is a magnum opus.  In this book, edited by Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman, the reader is introduced to a comprehensive and integrated erudite work addressed by a number of distinguished scholars from different disciplines dealing with the Middle East and North Africa, a most sensitive region of the world.  The book identifies significant academic and public policy approaches as well as socio-economic, cultural, and political paradigms that bind together such timely topics as democracy, Islam, Islamism, sectarianism, secularism, globalism, modernity, Arab Spring, social justice, social media, leadership, women’s rights, and peace. The book offers a unique and compelling assessment of the future of the Middle East. Objectively written and eloquently presented, this book will enhance the scholarship of the Middle East and assist in the understanding the ability of political systems, government or state and non-government or civil society, in handling and managing current challenges facing the region.”

el-Sayed el-Aswad, Ph.D.
Prof. of Anthropology and Chair of Department of Sociology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
United Arab Emirates University


“Many books have already been published about the complex nature of the Middle East region and North Africa in the wake of the Uprisings of 2011, however the uniqueness of “New Directions in the Middle East” is its in-depth analytical study of the new conceptual themes which the book argues in a detailed transdisciplinary  manner to show-case the overbearing factors that are impacting the MENA region and taking it to new directions such as the ‘public square dialogue’ and the rise of ‘digital democracy’ which is becoming ‘public democracy’ as well as the social media which will all lead to accountability and transparency. The book articulates the new definition of leadership by exploring the many challenges facing the MENA region by addressing the need for adopting the ‘complexity paradigm’ based on realistic solutions to the economic and public policy challenges facing the countries and the people in the region. As a professor of Islamic and Middle East studies, I highly recommend the book as an important scholarly multi-disciplinary narrative for all those who are interested in de-codifying the realities emerging in the new Middle East.”

Ambassador Sallama Shaker, Ph.D.
Full Clinical  Professor of Middle East & Islamic Studies
School of Arts and Humanities
Claremont Graduate University