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Review Head:

The heading will appear at the top of your review and it must be written in the format below:
Title of Book(s) Being Reviewed
by Author, translated by Translator [if applicable] Publisher, Year, price [paper or cloth], ISBN 978## [no dashes]
reviewed by Your Name Surname - Your Affiliation

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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Books for Review






Freemasonry in the Ottoman Empire: A History of the Fraternity and its İnfluence in Syria and the Levant Dorothe Sommer 2015 978-1780763132
Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics After Yugoslavia Srecko Horvat and Igor Stiks (eds 2015 978-1781686201
Party politics in the Western Balkans Vera Stojarova and Peter Emerson (eds) 2010 978-0415550994

The Nationalities of Europe and the Growth of National Ideologies

H. Munro Chadwick 2014 978-1107642874

A Strategic Understanding of UN Economic Sanctions: International Relations, Law and Development

Golnoosh Hakimdavar 2014 978-0415538220

The Democratic Republic of Congo: Between Hope and Despair

Michael Deibert 2013 978-1780323466

Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations, and the State

Peter Thonemann 2013 978-0199656110

Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy

Mahmood Monshipouri 2014 978-1612051352

The Emergence of Kantian Culture in Turkish Foreign Policy (1980-2012): A Holistic Constructivist Approach

Enes Bayraklı 2012 978-3659264702

Dialectical Democracy through Christian Thought:Individualism, Relationalism, and American Politics

David R. Brockman 2013 978-1137347268

Gaza: A History

Jean-Pierre Filiu 2014 978-1849044011

Old Islam in Detroit: Rediscovering the Muslim American Past

Sally Howell 2014 978-0199372003

Starve and Immolate
The Politics of Human Weapons

Banu Bargu 2014 978-0231163408

The African American Challenge to Just War Theory: A Christian Approach

Ryan P. Cumming 2013 978-1137347251

We Kill because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age

Laurie Calhoun 2015 978-1783605484

Social Class in Europe: An Introduction to the European Socio-economic Classification

David Rose, Eric Harrison (eds) 2010 978-0415458016

Understanding the Department of State

Don Philpott 2015 978-1598887457

The Economic Transformation of Turkey: Neoliberalism and State Intervention

Nilgün Önder 2015 978-1780768830

Iran and Russian Imperialism: The Ideal Anarchists, 1800-1914

Moritz Deutschmann 2016 978-1138937017
Decentralisation and the Management of Ethnic Conflict: Lessons from the Republic of Macedonia Aisling Lyon 2016 978-1138944114
Political Campaign Communication: Principles and Practices (Communication, Media and Politics) Judith S. Trent, Robert V. Friedenberg and Robert E. Denton 2015 978-1442243330
Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government Christopher H. Achen, Larry M. Bartels 2016 978-1137499318
Secrets and Leaks:
The Dilemma of State Secrecy
Rahul Sagar 2014 978-0691149875
The EU and Member State Building: European Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans Soeren Keil and Zeynep Arkan (eds)
2014 978-0415855181
Bullets and Bulletins: Media and Politics in the Wake of the Arab Uprisings Mohamed Zayani, Suzi Mirgani 2016 978-0190491550
Rethinking Turkey-Iraq Relations: The Dilemma of Partial Cooperation Mehmet Akıf Kumral 2016 978-1137561237
Businessmen in Arms: How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA Region Elke Grawert and Zeinab Abul-Magd 2016 978-1442254558
The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition William Davies 2017 978-1526403520
Counter-Radicalisation: Critical Perspectives Christopher Baker-Beall, Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Lee Jarvis 2015 978-1138236639
Eurasian Politics and Society: Issues and Challenges Özgür Tüfekçi, Hüsrev Tabak, Erman Akıllı 2017 978-1443855112
East-West Migration in the European Union Nicolae Marinescu (Ed.) 2017 978-1443848794
World Politics: International Relations and Globalisation in the 21st Century Jeffrey Haynes, Peter Hough, Shahin Malik, Lloyd Pettiford 2017


The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age James Kirchick 2017


Visual Politics of War Thomas Knieper and Ibrahim Saleh 2017


The Century of the Emerging World Paul Dobrescu 2017


The Theory of War and Peace: The Geophilosophy of Europe Oleg Bazaluk 2017


Turkish Foreign Policy: International Relations, Legality and Global Reach Pınar Gözen Ercan (ed.) 2017


The Politics of Healthcare Reform in Turkey Volkan Yılmaz 2017


Non-State Armed Actors in the Middle East: Geopolitics, Ideology, and Strategy Murat Yeşiltaş, Tuncay Kardaş (eds.) 2018


International Relations since 1945: East, West, North, South Geir Lundestad 2017


Reflexivity: The Essential Guide Tim May,‎ Beth Perry 2017


Egypt Robert Springborg 2017 978-1509520497