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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.

Desirable Security Model for the Persian Gulf: Competitive or Cooperative Security?
Friday, February 19, 2016

Mahsa Mahpishanian
The present book first explains major obstacles and challenges to establishment of sustainable security in the Persian Gulf region, before making an effort to answer the following main question: What and how is the model of desirable regional security for the Persian Gulf?

The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
Sunday, February 14, 2016

Peter Frankopan
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

Banafsheh Keynoush
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

Ervand Abrahamian
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. 

The Neoconservative Threat to World Order: Washington's Perilous War for Hegemony
Sunday, November 8, 2015

Paul Craig Roberts
This stellar collection of Paul Craig Roberts essays dating from February 2014 explores the extreme dangers in Washington's imposition of vassalage on other countries and Washington’s resurrection of distrust among nuclear powers, the very distrust that Reagan and Gorbachev worked to eliminate.

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.

“Diplomat” Publishes Second Issue
Friday, October 9, 2015

The second issue of the Iranian journal Diplomat monthly has been published with Kayhan Barzegar as editor in chief. The journal joined Iranian media through a detailed interview in its first issue with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) and its implications on regional cooperation. The cover of the second issue carries a cartoon of US President Barak Obama, which is related to the special dossier of this foreign and international policy monthly.

History of Bread in Iran
Friday, October 2, 2015

Willem Floor
Since ancient times, bread has been the staple diet of the peoples living in the Iranian plateau. In History of Bread in Iran, Willem Floor, one of the foremost scholars of Iranian history, describes the beginnings of agriculture and bread-making, and the various grains and other products that were, and are, used to make bread. He then delves into the making of dough in rural and urban areas, followed by an overview of baking techniques, and the many kinds of bread that were—and continue to be—made in Iran.

Enabling the Iranian Gas Export Options
Friday, September 11, 2015

Maximilian Kuhn
Maximilian Kuhn investigates one of the most pressing, yet neglected subjects in the field of global energy politics: the integration of the Iranian gas market. Possessing the world’s second-largest proven natural gas reserves, Iran is a hypothetical energy giant-in-waiting.

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