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Books for Review






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The War in Ukraine's Donbas: Origins, Contexts, and the Future

David R. Marples

2022 978963384203

The age of counter-revolution: states and revolutions in the Middle East

Jamie Allinson

2022 9781108735520

Street-Level Governing: Negotiating the State in Urban Turkey

Elise Massicard

2022 9781503631861

Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II

Paul Kennedy

2022 9780300219173

Islamic Finance in Africa: The Prospects for Sustainable Development

M. Kabir Hassan

Aishath Muneeza

Karamo N.M. Sonko

2022 9781802209891

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 Middle East Hae Won Jeong 2022

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


Equity and Healthcare Reform in Developing Economies: The Case of Turkey

Songül Çınaroğlu 2021


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

Siobhan Shilton 2021


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

Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana, Timothy Seidel 2021


A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Saudi Struggle for Iraq

Katherine Harvey 2021





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Review Head:

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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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