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ISIS A History

ISIS: A History

As of this writing in late February 2017, ISIS has lost much territory and financial capital since their peak a year or so ago, when the book under...

Obama s Foreign Policy Ending the War on Terror

Obama’s Foreign Policy: Ending the War on Terror

By effectively defining the war on terror rhetoric, this heritage of Bush to Obama becomes the rhetorical lynchpin for the American foreign policy...

A Tale of Four Augusts Obama s Syria Policy

A Tale of Four Augusts: Obama’s Syria Policy

As Barack Hussein Obama’s second term in the office finalized, one of the hottest debates about his administration recently has been the American...

Ruling Russia Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin

Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin

In his book, Ruling Russia: Authoritarianism from the Revolution to Putin, William Zimmerman illustrates how the Russian political system unfolded...

Will Africa Feed China

Will Africa Feed China?

The recent rise in global food prices, China’s rise and its aggressive overseas agricultural investment policies resulted in the Western media...

Still Awaited A Truly Objective History of the Making of

Still Awaited: A Truly Objective History of the Making of the Modern Middle East

We are now witnessing a harvest of new history books on the making of the modern Middle East. Five are chosen for a critical review below. They are...

China s Foreign Policy

China’s Foreign Policy

In his book China’s Foreign Policy, Stuart Harris, a Professor Emeritus at the Australian National University, provides insight into China’s...

Conflict and Peace in Central Eurasia Towards Explanations and Understandings

Conflict and Peace in Central Eurasia: Towards Explanations and Understandings

Conflict and Peace in Central Eurasia: Towards Explanations and Understandings tests a hypothesis that a mosaic type of ethno-geographic...

Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany

Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany Since 1945

Holmes’ Social Unrest and American Military Bases is a comparative study of anti-American bases social movements that emerged in Turkey and Germany...

Global South to the Rescue Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing

Global South to the Rescue: Emerging Humanitarian Superpowers and Globalizing Rescue Industries

The volume edited by Paul Amar critically analyzes the role that the Global South is thought to play (or not play) in the humanitarian domain. The...

Everyday Lived Islam in Europe

Everyday Lived Islam in Europe

There is a substantial body of literature on Muslims and Islam in Europe, which largely focuses on institutionalized forms of Islam such as social...

The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey A Political History

The Circassian Diaspora in Turkey: A Political History

This book is the long-expected first book on the politics and history of the Circassian diaspora in Turkey in English that covers an ambitious time...

An Intellectual History of Turkish Nationalism Between Turkish Ethnicity and

An Intellectual History of Turkish Nationalism: Between Turkish Ethnicity and Islamic Identity

With An Intellectual History of Turkish Nationalism, Umut Uzer addresses a gap in the English-language scholarly literature on Turkey. Uzer,...

The Two-state Solution The UN Partition Resolution of Mandatory Palestine

The Two-state Solution: The UN Partition Resolution of Mandatory Palestine – Analysis and Sources

Ruth Gavison edited a book which was brought together as a result of the founding conference of the Metzilah Center. The reviewed book brilliantly...

The Struggle for Influence in the Middle East The Arab

The Struggle for Influence in the Middle East: The Arab Uprisings and Foreign Assistance

The book reviewed here is one of the most beneficial examples of studies made on Foreign Assistance to the Middle East, especially for researchers...

The State of Savagery ISIS in Syria

The State of Savagery: ISIS in Syria

What is the ontology of ISIS? Ulutaş takes this central question as the linchpin of his study in which he keeps a keen eye on the group’s...

A Necessary Void in International Relations Non-State Actors in the

A Necessary Void in International Relations: Non-State Actors in the Middle East

There has been a dramatic expansion in the size, scope and capacity of non-state actors around the globe in the last three decades. Providing...

Turkey s Kurdish Peace Process from a Conflict Resolution Perspective

Turkey’s Kurdish Peace Process from a Conflict Resolution Perspective

Edited by Bill Kissane, After Civil War: Division, Reconstruction and Reconciliation in Contemporary Europe is an ambitious attempt to explore the...

Towards a Truly Global IR Theory The Middle East and

Towards a Truly Global IR Theory?: The Middle East and the Upcoming Debate

In 2015, the philosopher Hamid Dabashi published a book with the provocative title, Can Non-Europeans Think?. Over its pages Dabashi echoes authors...

Terrorism in Cyberspace The Next Generation

Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation

Recently, there has been a growing body of literature on the multifaceted relationship between terrorism and cyberspace in different contexts....

Development in an Era of Neoliberal Globalization

Development in an Era of Neoliberal Globalization

The capitalist development process has been criticized by many scholars due to its questionable effects on countries. After the privileging of...

Islam and the Future of Tolerance A Dialogue

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

An avowed atheist, Sam Harris, and Nawaz Maajid, former extremist, and founder of the organization Quilliam come together to take stock of Islam...

Freedom of Speech and Islam

Freedom of Speech and Islam

There have been many debates about whether Islam and democracy are compatible. Freedom of speech issues, and debates about the nature of Islam...

Sarajevo 1941-1945 Muslims Christians and Jews in Hitler s Europe

Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Hitler’s Europe

Emily Greble’s Sarajevo, 1942-1945: Muslims, Christians and Jews in Hitler’s Europe is an elaborately detailed portrayal of Sarajevans’ wartime...

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