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Understanding Transatlantic Relations: Whither the West?

A valuable book that helps to better understand the spiky path in the relations between Western countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Simoni...

The Domino Effect: How the Shale Revolution Is Transforming Energy Markets, Industries and Economies

Because of the U.S.’ long history as an oil importer, its economy has suffered for many years due to oil price hikes stemming from oil supply...

The Power Triangle: Military, Security, and Politics in Regime Change

The Power Triangle offers a historical sociology account of power relations during times of regime stability and change. The book was originally a...

Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution

Despite four decades of multi-level and multi-actor efforts to find a solution, Cyprus remains an intractable conflict and a case of analysis for...

The Protections for Religious Rights: Law and Practice

In the last decade, discussions around religious rights, particularly the rights of Muslim migrant populations in the West, have occupied...

Islam and International Relations: Contributions to Theory and Practice

The discipline of International relations (IR) is deeply rooted in the history, intellectual traditions, and agency claims of the west, thus...

The Experiences of Face Veil Wearers in Europe and the Law

The Islamic face veil is now banned in public spaces by several European countries; Austria being the last country to pass a bill for a general ban...

Culture and the Death of God

Is it possible to reincarnate God – who has been assumed to be dead for a long time? Terry Eagleton, a prominent thinker and literary critic,...

Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration

Carr segments the book into 12 chapters in two parts; he points out the irony between theoretical liberalization and the practical hardening of...

Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair

Through meticulous research, Adeed Dawisha traces Arab nationalism chronologically from its rise to its fall. The book offers a historical...

Religion and Regimes: Support, Separation, and Opposition

This book is highly informative for scholars and students interested in comparative politics and religion. In its explication of how religion...

Why Did Europe Conquer The World?

As its name suggests, this is a book that attempts to answer one of the greatest historical puzzles of all times: Why did a couple of Western...

The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World

The Shape of the New consists of two parts, seven chapters and a conclusion. The subtitle, “Four Big Ideas and How they Made the Modern World”...

On the State: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1989-1992

The book is a compilation of lectures Bourdieu delivered at the Collège de France between the years 1989 and 1992. Running the risk of missing out...

Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

Furthermore, while Central Asia’s urban centers were, as Starr illustrates, already occupied with science to a certain degree, it was not until...

Global Climate Change, Environment and Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities to Global Stability

The book analyzes environmental issues under three main chapters. The first chapter discusses the issues of global climate, environment and energy...

Migration, Ethics & Power: Spaces of Hospitality in International Politics

The author starts by giving important clues about how hospitality should be structured for victims escaping from massacre, and ethical ways of...

Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection Between Violent Extremism and Education

When we look at important aspects of the book, Gambetta and Hertog’s contribution to the theorization and conceptualization of radicalization...

From Deep State to Islamic State: The Arab Counter-Revolution and Its Jihadi Legacy

The author begins by analyzing the deep state, which as a term originates from near Turkish political history and is usually composed of high-level...

The Circassian: A Life of Esref Bey, Late Ottoman Insurgent and Special Agent

The Circassian is a successful attempt in two ways. Firstly, Fortna’s chronological design of the account allows the reader to follow Eşref’s...

How to Choose a Leader: Machiavelli’s Advice to Citizens

One of Viroli’s aims is to refute the common perception that Machiavelli was a ‘teacher of evil’ who knew nothing about democracy or liberty. The...

Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium

Hüseyin Işıksal and Ozan Örmeci’s edited volume Turkish Foreign Policy in the New Millennium constitutes an insightful analysis of how Turkey’s...

Peace In Turkey 2023: The Question of Human Security and Conflict Transformation

Peace in Turkey 2023, published in 2013, adds to the discussions on conflict transformation and human security by focusing on the case of the...

Turkish-American Relations, 1800-1952: Between the Stars, Stripes and the Crescent

Since the end of World War II, good relations between Turkey and the U.S. have been thought to be a de facto situation, and indeed for the most...