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Insight Turkey > Issues | Reclaiming the Region: Russia, the West and the Middle East - Fall 2017 / Volume 19, Number 4

Reclaiming the Region: Russia, the West and the Middle East



Editor's Notes


Editor's Note | Fall 2017
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it took a while for Russia to recover from an existential crisis. As one of the poles of the global system during the Cold War, the Soviet regime lost its raison d’etre after the collapse of the USSR, while the other pole, the U.S., declared its victory or as is considered by some scholars ‘the end of history.’ At the end of the 1990s, the Russian Federation, the main inheritor of the Soviets, recovered from the confusion, the identity crisis and the political instability.


Commentaries


U.S.-Russian Relations in the Trump Era
Donald J. Trump’s rhetorical shift from ‘leadership’ to ‘greatness’ made possible some sort of...

Kirkuk, Iraq's Next War: What Options Does Turkey Have?
As the battle for Mosul is entering its final stage, observers of Iraq's political scene...

How South America Let Venezuela Down
The political, economic and humanitarian crisis in the country with the world’s largest proven...

Rohingya: A Preventable Genocide Allowed to Happen
The world is standing by and failing to act as the ethnic Rohingya Muslims in Burma are subjected...


Articles


Russia-Europe Relations in Historical Perspective: Investigating the Role of Ukraine
There seems to be a consensus within both Russian and European analytic communities as to the...

Russian Energy Policy in the Middle East
Following the fallout between Russia and the West, Moscow embarked on a strategy to make its...

Evaluating the Fighter Jet Crisis in Turkish-Russian Relations
Turkey and Russia developed very close relations throughout the 2000s. Yet, their growing...

Russian-Iranian Relations through the Prism of the Syrian Crisis
Moscow is extremely interested in keeping Iran in the sphere of its influence. First of all,...

Neo-Functionalist Regional Integration Theory Put to Test in Asia: New Regionalism around India and ASEAN
Among regional integration theories that have evolved since the 1960s, neo-functionalism remains...

The Roots of Security Narratives on Islam in Russia: Tatar Yoke, Official Religious Institutions and the Western Influence
This work examines Russia’s security narratives on Islam. Using a social constructivist framework...


Review Article


Islam: Culture, Institutions and Agents
The three books reviewed in this article do not seem closely related in the first impression. Younos’ book sheds light upon Islamic culture in the context of cultural anthropology; Duri’s book scrutinizes some of the significant Islamic institutions, their emergence, evolution, functioning, as well as the principles that emerged during the formative period of Islam.


Book Reviews


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...

The Power Triangle: Military, Security, and Politics in Regime Change
The Power Triangle offers a historical sociology account of power relations during times of...

Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution
Despite four decades of multi-level and multi-actor efforts to find a solution, Cyprus remains an...

The Protections for Religious Rights: Law and Practice
In the last decade, discussions around religious rights, particularly the rights of Muslim...

Islam and International Relations: Contributions to Theory and Practice
The discipline of International relations (IR) is deeply rooted in the history, intellectual...

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...

Culture and the Death of God
Is it possible to reincarnate God – who has been assumed to be dead for a long time? Terry...

Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration
Carr segments the book into 12 chapters in two parts; he points out the irony between theoretical...

Arab Nationalism in the Twentieth Century: From Triumph to Despair
Through meticulous research, Adeed Dawisha traces Arab nationalism chronologically from its rise...

Religion and Regimes: Support, Separation, and Opposition
This book is highly informative for scholars and students interested in comparative politics and...