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Globalization in Theory and Practice in a Post-Globalization Era

Globalization in Theory and Practice in a Post-Globalization Era

Over the years, the term ‘globalization’ has acquired notoriety in all forms of intellectual exchanges in the social sciences and other...

China s Asian Dream Quiet Empire Building Along the New

China’s Asian Dream: Quiet Empire Building Along the New Silk Road

Written as an outcome of two years of wandering around China’s border regions and far-away parts of Asia, China’s Asian Dream is an interesting...

How the West Came to Rule The Geopolitical Origins of

How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism

Over the course of the past 300 years, how does leadership compare from ‘East’ to ‘West’ in terms of both economic and military power on a global...

Inglorious Empire What the British Did to India

Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India

The dominance of European scholars and a Euro-centric framework in social sciences, including history, has both stemmed from and perpetuated...

Right-Wing Populism in Europe Politics and Discourse

Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse

Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse, edited by Ruth Wodak, Majid KhosraviNik and Brigitte Mral, compiles theoretically and...

Trouble in the Tribe The American Jewish Conflict over Israel

Trouble in the Tribe: The American Jewish Conflict over Israel

There is no doubt that Zionism is a heavily-loaded concept involving fierce debates over Jewish identity, as well as the impacts it has made on the...

Conflicts in the Middle East Since 1945

Conflicts in the Middle East Since 1945

Conflicts in the Middle East Since 1945 outlines the key low and high intensity conflicts that occurred in the Middle East (ME) from 1947 to 2007....

Legislating Reality and Politicizing History Contextualizing Armenian Claims of Genocide

Legislating Reality and Politicizing History: Contextualizing Armenian Claims of Genocide

Although the relocation of Armenians as a historical event occurred over 100 years ago, it still remains on the agenda of policymakers and...

International Human Rights Law Returning to Universal Principles

International Human Rights Law: Returning to Universal Principles

We live in a world where developments in one state impact the others. Human rights violations taking place in or by a state affect other states as...

The Rohingyas Inside Myanmar s Hidden Genocide

The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide

Azeem Ibrahim’s The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide traces the genealogy of the problem that Rohingyas are facing in Myanmar–the...

Non-State Challenges in a Re-Ordered World The Jackals of Westphalia

Non-State Challenges in a Re-Ordered World: The Jackals of Westphalia

The world felt the shock of various types of non-state actors (NSAs) such as the ETA, IRA and PKK, with their ethnic, separatist, leftist ideology,...

Understanding Transatlantic Relations Whither the West

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Islam Culture Institutions and Agents

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...

The Democratization Process in Turkey Theory Legacy and Prospects

The Democratization Process in Turkey: Theory, Legacy, and Prospects

In one of his articles on the requirements of large-scale democracy and political institutions, Robert A. Dahl warns students of political science...

Call for Paper: European Union Crisis