Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
Monday, April 18, 2016
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.
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.
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.
The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Sunday, February 14, 2016
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.
Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes?
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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.
A History of Modern Iran
Thursday, January 21, 2016
In a reappraisal of Iran's modern history, Ervand Abrahamian traces its traumatic journey across the twentieth century, through the discovery of oil, imperial interventions, the rule of the Pahlavis and, in 1979, revolution and the birth of the Islamic Republic. In the intervening years, the country has experienced a bitter war with Iraq, the transformation of society under the clergy and, more recently, the expansion of the state and the struggle for power between the old elites, the intelligentsia and the commercial middle class.
Text and Image in Medieval Persian Art
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Sheila S. Blair
Greater Iranian arts from the 10th to the 16th century are technically some of the finest produced anywhere. They are also intellectually engaging, showing the lively interaction between the verbal and the visual arts. Focusing on objects found in the main media at the time, Sheila S. Blair shows how artisans played with form, material and decoration to engage their audiences. She also shows how the reception of these objects has changed and that their present context has implications for our understanding of the past.