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Sustainable Energy Strategy for Iran
Friday, August 12, 2016

Saeed Moshiri, Stefan Lechtenböhmer
The book is based on long-term academic cooperation between Iranian researchers from several universities and the Iranian Energy Association and German researchers from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Büro Ö-quadrat and the University of Osnabrück. The initiative started in 2003 to assemble acquired knowledge on strategies regarding sustainable energy and make the most recent and up-to-date research accessible to Iran and its scientific and political institutions. The book in hand is an important result of the collaboration. So its publication lends itself to taking stock of these twelve years of continued cooperation.

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Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Jeremy R. Hammond
With incisive and provocative analysis, Jeremy R. Hammond provides a meticulously documented account that explodes popular myths and deconstructs standard narratives about the Israel-Palestine conflict. For anyone seeking a better understanding of the conflict’s root causes, the true reasons for its persistence, and the way forward, Obstacle to Peace delivers the knowledge and insights to effect the paradigm shift required to achieve justice and peace in the Middle East.

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Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Tarek Osman
This provocative, vitally important work explores the development of the largest, most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Tarek Osman examines why political Islam managed to win successive elections and how Islamist groups in various nations have responded after ascending to power. He dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism’s compatibility with modernity, with the region’s experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities.

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US Foreign Policy in Central Asia: Trends and Perspectives
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vali Kouzehgar Kaleji
As put by the author, the main goal of this research is comprehensive study and analysis of the “foreign policy of the United States of America in Central Asia from 1991 to 2015.”

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Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
Monday, April 18, 2016

Parag Khanna
The book explores the future of geopolitics through the lens of our rapidly unfolding global infrastructural networks in energy, transportation and communications. The Eurasian landmass as the site of the “New Silk Roads” is a particular focus, especially China’s infrastructure across Eurasia to Europe and the Mideast, the opening Iran (based on my July 2015 trip there), the role of Dubai and other GCC city-states as regional investors, and how infrastructure can play a positive role in a future post-Sykes Picot map of the Middle East.

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Iran in the World: President Rouhani'’s Foreign Policy
Monday, April 11, 2016

Shahram Akbarzadeh & Dara Conduit
President Rouhani came to power in Iran in 2013 promising to reform the country's long-contentious foreign policy. This book evaluates Rouhani's foreign policy track record during his first two years in office, looking at case studies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, the UAE, Turkey, and Syria and the high profile Iran-US relationship.

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The Need for a New Economic System
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

John Scales Avery
The future of human civilization is endangered both by the threat of thermonuclear war and by the threat of catastrophic climate change; and both of the twin threats are results of our present economic system. This book documents in detail the serious economic problems of today’s world, and it also proposes sustainable solutions.

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Desirable Security Model for the Persian Gulf: Competitive or Cooperative Security?
Friday, February 19, 2016

Mahsa Mahpishanian
The present book first explains major obstacles and challenges to establishment of sustainable security in the Persian Gulf region, before making an effort to answer the following main question: What and how is the model of desirable regional security for the Persian Gulf?

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Peter Frankopan
For centuries, fame and fortune was to be found in the west – in the New World of the Americas. Today, it is the east which calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia deep into China and India, is taking centre stage in international politics, commerce and culture – and is shaping the modern world.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Banafsheh Keynoush
In a riveting narrative based on accounts of her interactions with Saudi and Iranian politicians and rich archival material, a leading scholar on the Middle East unravels the mysteries of a contentious relationship. 

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