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Iran's Nuclear Program and the Global South
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Michal Onderco
While the Iranian nuclear programme has attracted the attention of the international community and has been dealt with in various international forums, analyses of the responses so far have been largely limited to the study of Western countries. Studying the responses of India, Brazil, and South Africa to Iran's nuclear programme entails analysis of the foreign policies of the countries of the Global South.

Islamic Republic of Iran's Soft Power in Central Asia and Caucasus
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ja'far Haghpanah, Simin Shirazi- Moguiee, and Shiva Alizadeh
Eurasia is still the scene of the big game and intense rivalry among various powers, most of whom try to guarantee their short- and long-term interests through recourse to soft power. In view of the huge potential that the Islamic Republic has for getting ahead of many other actors in the field of soft power, it would not be befitting for Iran to lag behind other powers in this regard. This concern has been the main reason behind the compilation of this book.

The Oil Kings: How the U.S., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Andrew Scott Cooper
Oil Kings is the story of how oil came to dominate U.S. domestic and international affairs. As Richard Nixon fought off Watergate inquiries in 1973, the U.S. economy reacted to an oil shortage initiated by Arab nations in retaliation for American support of Israel in the Arab- Israeli war. The price of oil skyrocketed, causing serious inflation. One man the U.S. could rely on in the Middle East was the Shah of Iran, a loyal ally whose grand ambitions had made him a leading customer for American weapons. Iran sold the U.S. oil; the U.S. sold Iran missiles and fighter jets.

"Dual Containment" Policy in the Persian Gulf The USA, Iran, and Iraq, 1991-2000
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Alex Edwards
This book offers a concise account of US "dual containment" policy towards Iran and Iraq during the 1990s, an overlooked era between the tumult of the liberation of Kuwait and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In particular, it uses a theoretical framework derived from neoclassical realism to examine the impact of domestic US politics and interest groups on policymaking, as well as perceptions of threat derived from two decades of mutual hostility between the US and Iran.

Foreign Policy in West Asia: With Emphasis on Contemporary Iraq-Saudi Relations
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Mohammad Sadeq Koushki & Javad Mohammadi
The author of Foreign Policy in West Asia has used Saudi and American sources and documents to discuss the role played by Saudi Arabia and rulers in Riyadh in fomenting instability in Iraq. The authors believe that the book is just a first step toward a more profound study of foreign policy in West Asia.

Islamic Resistance to Imperialism
Monday, April 20, 2015

Eric Walberg
Eric Walberg’s third book on geopolitical strategy focuses on the Middle East and the global ramifications of the multiple state destruction resulting from Western aggression, asking: What is left of the historic Middle East upheavals of 1979 (Afghanistan, Iran) and 2011 (the Arab Spring)? How does 9/11 fit into the equation of Islamic resistance? Is al-Qaeda’s long term project still on track? What are the chances that ISIS can prevail in Iraq and Syria? Are they and likeminded jihadists dupes of imperialism or legitimate resistance movements?

The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Patrick Cockburn
Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new threat emerges. While Al-Qaeda is weakened, new jihadi movements, especially ISIS, are starting to emerge. In military operations in June 2014 they were far more successful that Al Qaeda ever were, taking territory that reaches across borders and includes the city of Mosul. The reports of their military coordination and brutality to their victims are chilling. While they call for the formation of a new caliphate once again the West becomes a target.

Foreign Agents: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee from the 1963 Fulbright Hearings to the 2005 Espionage Scandal
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Grant F. Smith
In this book, Grant Smith renders a vital public service by providing chapter-and-verse evidence that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee--Israel's U.S. lobby--is the agent of a foreign government and has violated public law for years in ways that seriously harm U.S. national interests.

The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists
Friday, January 16, 2015

Khaled Abou El Fadl
In The Great Theft, Khaled Abou El Fadl, one of the world's preeminent Islamic scholars, argues that Islam is currently passing through a transformative period no less dramatic than the movements that swept through Europe during the Reformation. At this critical juncture there are two completely opposed worldviews within Islam competing to define this great world religion. The stakes have never been higher, and the future of the Muslim world hangs in the balance.

Foreign Policy in Iran and Saudi Arabia: Economics and Diplomacy in the Middle East
Monday, December 29, 2014

Robert Mason
Saudi Arabia, with its US alliance and abundance of oil dollars, has a very different economic story to that of Iran, which despite enormous natural gas reserves, has been hit hard by economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions since its 1979 revolution. Robert Mason looks at the effect that economic considerations (such as oil, gas, sanctions, trade and investment) have had on foreign policy decision-making processes and diplomatic activities.

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