Geopolitics of Shiism in Central Asia
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The book reviews the historical course of the emergence and spread of Shiism in Central Asia with special focus on the situation of Shias in this region subsequent to the collapse of the former Soviet Union. Other topics covered by this book include geopolitical coordinates of Shias in Central Asia and position of Central Asian Shias in the overall geopolitics of Shiism.
The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising
Friday, October 31, 2014
Though capable of staging spectacular attacks like 9/11, jihadist organizations were not a significant force on the ground when they first became notorious in the shape of al-Qa‘ida at the turn of century. The West’s initial successes in the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan weakened their support still further.
Will the Middle East Implode?
Friday, October 3, 2014
In this short book, leading Middle East scholar Mohammed Ayoob argues that the Arab Spring has both changed and charged some of the region’s thorniest problems - from the rise of political Islam to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the Israel-Palestine conflict to rivalries between key regional powers.
South Caucasus as a Regional Security Complex
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Vali Kouzegar Kaleji
“South Caucasus Regional Security Complex,” written by Vali Kouzegar Kaleji with a preface by Dr. Shirin Akiner, Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge Central Asia Forum and Lecturer in Central Asian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), is among the most recent written works in the area of Caucasus studies.
Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Arun Vishwanathan and Rajaram Nagappa
What is the best approach for resolving differences over the Iranian nuclear programme and preventing a conflict? How would a conflict possibly unravel given Iranian military, asymmetric and missile capabilities? What does a military conflict over Iran mean for international order and India in particular? These are some of the questions that the book, Troubling Tehran: Reflections on Geopolitics analyses and seeks answers to.
Iran and the United States, An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Seyed Hossein Mousavian & Shahir Shahidsaless
Scores of books have been written by Western experts, mainly American, looking at the root causes of the conflict between Iran and the US. However, none of them have presented an inside look at this complex relationship from within the Iranian culture, society, and most importantly, the Iranian policy-making system. This gap has been the cause of misperceptions, misanalyses, and conflict, followed by the adoption of US policies that have failed to achieve their objectives.
On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today
Sunday, April 13, 2014
On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today is the first comparative analysis of two central political events that have altered our world forever: the Arab uprisings which started in Tunisia, and the Iranian revolution in 1979. Adib-Moghaddam demonstrates how contemporary forms of protest are changing our understanding about the way power and resistance function.
Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE
Saturday, April 5, 2014
This book offers a Persian perspective even when relying on Greek textual sources and archaeological evidence. Waters situates the story of the Achaemenid Persians in the context of their predecessors in the mid-first millennium BCE and through their successors after the Macedonian conquest, constructing a compelling narrative of how the empire retained its vitality for more than two hundred years (c. 550-330 BCE) and left a massive imprint on Middle Eastern as well as Greek and European history.