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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.

The Persian Gulf in Modern Times: People, Ports, and History
Monday, December 15, 2014

Lawrence G. Potter
This book explores the historiography, ports, and peoples of the Persian Gulf over the past two centuries. The authors seek to clarify how the historical Gulf is different from that of the modern day, and offers a more inclusive history of the region than previously available. The volume takes a fresh approach that examines the region from the viewpoint of local historians combined with important original research.

Geopolitics of Shiism in Central Asia
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Shuaib Bahman
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

Patrick Cockburn
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

Mohammed Ayoob
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.

Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities
Friday, September 12, 2014

Chen Zak Kane & Egle Murauskaite
Providing a gamut of views on regional threat perception and suggesting ways forward for regional peace, this book is essential reading for students and scholars with an interest in Politics, the Middle East and Conflict Studies.