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The Struggle for Mastery in the Fertile Crescent
The Struggle for Mastery in the Fertile Crescent

The Struggle for Mastery in the Fertile Crescent

The Great Unraveling: The Remaking of th


75 Pages, 4.5 x 7

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

Trade Paper, $9.95 (US $9.95) (CA $11.95)

Publication Date: July 2014

ISBN 9780817917555

Rights: WOR

Hoover Institution Press (Jul 2014)


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In this book, Fouad Ajami analyzes the struggle for influence along the Fertile Crescent—the stretch of land that runs from Iran's border with Iraq to the Mediterranean—among three of the regional powers who have stepped into the vacuum left by the West: Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. He explains that, of the three powers competing for influence, Saudi Arabia and Iran are in it for the long haul. Each of those powers has a sense of mission and constituencies that enable them to stick it out and pay the price for a sphere of influence. Each country's prospects for supremacy is detailed and Ajami asserts that Iran must ultimately be reckoned to be the strongest.

Author Biography

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. He is the author of The Syrian Rebellion.