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Intelligence Organizations and Foreign Policy: Case Study of the Role of CIA in US Foreign Policy
Friday, February 3, 2012

The present book focuses on the role of intelligence agencies in the foreign policymaking process. However, since study of all intelligence agencies in the world is not possible, the author uses case study method to review role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in influencing the United States’ foreign policies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Decline of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World
Sunday, December 18, 2011

The internationally renowned theorist contends that the sun is setting on the American Empire. The United States in decline? Its admirers and detractors alike claim the opposite: that America is now in a position of unprecedented global supremacy. But in fact, Immanuel Wallerstein argues, a more nuanced evaluation of recent history reveals that America has been fading as a global power since the end of the Vietnam War, and, in the long term, its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 may well hasten that decline.

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No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No War for Oil enables educators, government officials, the media, and citizens to sort through the conventional claims about oil and the use of military power to secure it. Eland concludes that the use of U.S. military power to secure oil is not only unneeded and costly, but is counterproductive to U.S. security. Realizing that the alleged need to secure oil with military power is a canard, withdrawing U.S. forces from the Persian Gulf would enhance security, increase access to inexpensive energy resources, and help restore financial solvency for America.

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Soft War (4): Psychological Operations and Strategic Deception
Saturday, November 19, 2011

Soft War (4) focuses on psychological operations and strategic deception in an effort to introduce its readers, especially state officials, to the most important issues related to psychological operations and strategic deception. It also aims to prevent rival and hostile countries from exploiting weaknesses in the country’s decision-making and policymaking processes as well as security plans.

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Post Modern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games
Saturday, October 22, 2011

To young people today, the world as a global village appears as a given, a ready-made order, as if human evolution all along was logically moving towards our high-tech, market-driven society, dominated by the wealthy United States. To bring the world to order, the US must bear the burden of oversize defense spending, capture terrorists, eliminate dictators, and warn ungrateful nations like China and Russia to adjust their policies so as not to hinder the US in its altruistic mission civilatrice. The reality is something else entirely, the only truth in the above characterization being the overwhelming military dominance of the US in the world today. The US itself is the source of much of the world’s terrorism, its 1.6 million troops in over a thousand bases around the world the most egregious terrorists, leaving the Osama bin Ladens in the shade, and other lesser critics of US policies worried about their job prospects.

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Anglo-Iranian Relations Since 1800
Friday, October 14, 2011

With contributions from renowned experts in the field, this book provides an excellent background to the history of Anglo-Iranian relations. Focusing on the political and economic relationship of Britain and issues of strategic sensitivity, the book also illuminates British relations with society and the state and describes the interaction between various representatives and agents of both countries.

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The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America's Foreign Policy
Saturday, October 1, 2011

William Pfaff’s latest book is an interpretation of the cultural origins of an American outlook that since the Second World War has inspired a series of generally unsuccessful American military interventions into non-Western countries, the most dramatic of them the defeat in Vietnam. These culminated in the 2001-2003 invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, neither of them successfully settled (or indeed “won”) at the time of this book’s publication, in June 2010 – when Washington was also contemplating the possibility of a military intervention into Iran to destroy that country’s nuclear industry.

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