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Energy Politics in the MENA Region: from Hydrocarbons to Renewables

Valeria Talbot

2022 9788855268233

Islamic Finance in Africa: The Prospects for Sustainable Development

M. Kabir Hassan

Aishath Muneeza

Karamo N.M. Sonko

2022 9781802209891

The Holy Warrier

Osama Bin Laden and his Jihadi Journey in the Soviet-Afghan War

Reagan Fancher 2022 9781648893971

The End of Western Hegemonies Marie-Josee Lavallee 2022 9781648894688

The Rise of Blockchains Disrupting Economies and Transforming Societies Nir Kshetri 2022 9781802208160

Transnational Organized Crime Challenging International Law Principles on State Jurisdiction Fulvia Staiano 2022 9781800888357

Handbook on Oil and International Relations Edited Roland Dannreuther 2022 9781839107542

South Korea's Middle Power Diplomacy in the Midle East: Development, Political and Diplomatic Trajectories Hae Won Jeong 2022

China's Rise in the Global South: The Middle East, Africa and Beijing's Altarnative World Order Dawn C. Murphy 2022

The Age of Counter-Revolution: States and Revolutions in the Middle East Jamie Allinson 2022

Street-Level Governing: Negotiating the State in the Urban Turkey Elise Massicard 2022

The Russian Military Intervention in Syria Ohannes Geukjian 2022

The War in Ukraine's Donbas: Origins, Contexts and the Future David R. Marples 2022


Neoliberalism and Unequal Development: Alternatives and Transitions in Europe, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa Fernando Lopez-Castellano, Carmen Lizarraga, Roser Manzanera-Ruiz 2022


Until We Have Won Our Liberty: South Africa after Apartheid Evan Lieberman 2022


Globalisation Impacts: Countries,Institutions and COVID-19 Amitendu Palit 2022 9789811671852

Turkey-Russia Relations in the Twenty-First Century

Cooperation and Competition Amid Systemic Turbulence

Muhammet Koçak 2022


Turkey’s Foreign Policy Narratives

Implications of Global Power Shifts


Toni Alaranta 2022


Art and the Arab Spring: Aesthetics of Revolution and Resistance in Tunisia and Beyond

Siobhan Shilton 2021


Russia Rising: Putin's Foreign Policy in the Middle East and North Africa

Dimitar Bechev, Nicu Popescu,and Stanislav Secrieru  2021


Political Economy of Palestine. Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives

 Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana and Timothy Seidel  2021


Social Histories of Iran: Modernism and Marginality in the Middle East

Stephanie Cronin  2021


Islamic Theology in the Turkish Republic

 Philip Dorroll 2021


Weak Strongman: The Limits of Power in Putin's Russia

Timothy Frye 2021


The Genesis of the Civil War in Somalia_ The Impact of Foreign Military Intervention on the Conflict

Muuse Yuusuf 2021


The Spectre of Afghanistan: Security in Central Asia

Kirill Nourzhanov and Amin Saikal 2021


Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide_ Identity, History and Hate Speech

Ronan Lee 2021


Russia after 2020 Looking Ahead after Two Decades

J. L. Black 2021


Economic Development in the MENA Region

Mohamed Sami Ben Ali 2021


Civilization and the Making of the State in Lebanon and Syria

Andrew Delatolla 2021


Informal Politics in the Middle East

Suzi Mirgani 2021


The Politics of Policy Analysis

Paul Cairney 2021


Iran, Revolution, and Proxy Wars

Ofira Seliktar and Farhad Rezaei 2021


Politikalarına Giriş

Ferhat Pirinççi, Murat Yeşiltaş  2021


Ideas Ideologies and Norms: Deconstructing The Foundations of Turkish Foreign Policy

Şaban Halis Çalış 2021


A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Saudi Struggle for Iraq

Katherine Harvey 2021


Conflict Propaganda in Syria: Narrative Battles

Oliver Boyd-Barrett  2021


Putin's War in Syria: Russian Foreigh Policy and the Price of America's Absence

Anna Borshchevskaya  2021


How ISIS Fights: Military Tactics in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt

Omar Ashour 2021


Sniderman The Struggle for Inclusion:Muslim Minorities and the Democratic Ethos 

Elizabeth Ivarsflaten and Paul M. 2021


The Arabesk Debate: Music and Musicians in Modern Turkey (Oxford Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

Martin Stokes 2020


Russia's Intervention in Ethnic Conflicts: The Case of Armenia and Azerbaijan

James J. Coyle 2020


Television in Turkey
Local Production, Transnational Expansion and Political Aspirations

Yeşim Kaptan
Ece Algan


Water Resources of Turkey

Nilgun Harmancioglu
Dogan Altinbilek


The Social Lives of Numbers
Statistics, Reform and the Remaking of Rural Life in Turkey

Brian Silverstein 2020


Turkey in the Global Economy: Neoliberalism, Global Shift and the Making of a Rising Power

Bulent Gokay 2020


Dış Politika Analizi: Konu, Kuram, Yöntem

Bezen Balamir Coşkun, İnan Rüma 2020


The American Passport in Turkey National Citizenship in the Age of Transnationalism

Özlem Altan-Olcay and Evren Balta  2020


Candidate Matters: A Study of Ethnic Parties, Campaigns, and Elections in Latin America

Karleen Jones West  2020





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A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy
By Kılıç Buğra Kanat
İstanbul: SETA Publications, 2016, 297 pages, $30,00, ISBN: 9786054023790.
Reviewed by Rıfat Öncel, Middle East Technical University



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