The recent deaths of four long-term heads of state in the Arab world heralded important changes, as political power passed from one generation to the next. Shedding light on these changes, Arab Elites explores the attitudes and political agendas of the new leadership emerging throughout the region. A strong analytical framework informs the authors discussion of elites in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Palestinian National Authority, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia. The result is a portrait of the current state, and likely future, of politics in the Arab Middle East.
Volker Perthes is head of the Middle East and Africa Research Group at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. His extensive publications on the Arab World include Geheime Garten: die neue Arabische Welt [Secret Gardens: The New Arab World].
Politics and Elite Change in the Arab World: An Introduction V. Perthes. New Rulers In Power. Jordan: Between Regime Survival and Economic Reform A. Bank and O. Schlumberger. Morocco: Reconciling Continuity and Change S. Zerhouni. Syria: Difficult Inheritance V. Perthes. Succession Looms. Egypt: Succession Politics G. Abdelnasser. Saudi Arabia: Dynamism Uncovered I. Glosemeyer. System Preservation And The Cooptation Of New Elites. Algeria: System Continuity Through Elite Change I. Werenfels. Tunisia: Economic Transformation and Political Restoration S. Erdle. Elite Change Under Domination. Lebanon: Building Political Dynasties R. el-Husseini. Palestine: From State Building to Crisis Management H.J. Rabe. Conclusion. Elite Change and System Maintenance V. Perthes.