Engaging the Muslim World
Monday, April 23, 2012
Western society is suffering from Islam Anxiety—the product of fear-mongering and misinformation. There is a desperate need to debunk the myths concerning Islam in order to improve the political and ideological understanding between Muslim countries and their Western counterparts. Juan Cole, already celebrated for his rejection of stereotypes and his insistence on taking all perspectives into account, carefully sorts through and addresses all the major issues in Western - Muslim relations, including: terrorism, gas and petroleum dependence on the volatile Oil Gulf, the uncertainties of the Iraq War, and the little-understood regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The Short American Century: A Postmortem
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
In February 1941, Henry Luce announced the arrival of “The American Century.” But that century—extending from World War II to the recent economic collapse—has now ended, victim of strategic miscalculation, military misadventures, and economic decline. Here some of America’s most distinguished historians place the century in historical perspective.
The Foreign Policies of Great Powers
Monday, March 26, 2012
The end of the Cold War and the new international developments over the past two decades have influenced the development of foreign policy studies and research. With the end of the Cold War and disintegration of the Soviet Union, one of the global poles of power disappeared and the structure of international system underwent a great transformation. The present book sets out, as an academic textbook, to examine the foreign policies of great powers in the post-Cold War era.
The Oxford Handbook of Iranian History
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Iranian history has long been a source of fascination for European and American observers. The country’s ancient past preoccupied nineteenth-century historians and archaeologists as they attempted to construct a unified understanding of the ancient world.
Strategic Vision: America and the Crisis of Global Power
Thursday, March 1, 2012
By 1991, following the disintegration first of the Soviet bloc and then of the Soviet Union itself, the United States was left standing tall as the only global super-power. Not only the 20th but even the 21st century seemed destined to be the American centuries. But that super-optimism did not last long. During the last decade of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, the stock market bubble and the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, as well as the financial catastrophe of 2008 jolted America – and much of the West – into a sudden recognition of its systemic vulnerability to unregulated greed. Moreover, the East was demonstrating a surprising capacity for economic growth and technological innovation. That prompted new anxiety about the future, including even about America’s status as the leading world power. This book is a response to a challenge.
Lessons from Iraq: Avoiding the Next War
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
If what is shaping up to be the worst foreign policy disaster in U.S. history has an upside, it is that the current war in Iraq should definitively, permanently settle a handful of critical questions about American conduct in the world. This book provides a list of those questions and even ventures some answers in the form of key lessons from Iraq.
The United States of Fear
Monday, January 23, 2012
In 2008, when the US National Intelligence Council issued its latest report meant for the administration of newly elected President Barack Obama, it predicted that the planet's "sole superpower" would suffer a modest decline and a soft landing fifteen years hence. In his new book The United States of Fear, Tom Engelhardt makes clear that Americans should don their crash helmets and buckle their seat belts, because the United States is on the path to a major decline at a startling speed.
The Splendour of Iran
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Splendour of Iran provides an unprecedented insight into the traditions and contemporary life of one of the world's most enduring civilisations. As the first comprehensive study on Persian culture since the 1930s, it is the result of a unique 5 year collaboration, combining Iranian scholarship, insight and photographic access with international design and publishing, under General Editor Dr. Nasrollah Pourjavady.
Iran Back In Context
Sunday, January 1, 2012
The portrayal of Iran as the source of regional instability and a threat to America's ally, Israel, and potentially to the world, has been an essential element in the formulation of America's foreign policies in the Middle East for far too long. It is time to rethink this strategy.