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Our newest books on the Middle East . . .

FEATURED BOOKS

Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia?

Mohammed bin Salman: The Icarus of Saudi Arabia?

David B. Ottaway

Mohammed bin Salman. A monarch-to-be without scruples? Or a visionary seeking a path to global power? A social reformer determined to bring his country into the twenty-first century? Or just another brutal dictator? A leader on the road to greatness, or one destined to follow in the footsteps of Icarus? Veteran Washington Post foreign correspondent David Ottaway draws on more than a half-century    More >

Weaponizing Water: Water Stress and Islamic Extremist Violence in Africa and the Middle East

Weaponizing Water: Water Stress and Islamic Extremist Violence in Africa and the Middle East

Marcus D. King

Drought, lack of access, poor quality … water supplies are in jeopardy across Africa and the Middle East. These same areas are rife with conflicts involving Islamic extremist groups. Marcus King explores linkages between water stress and violent conflict by looking closely at how ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Al-Shabaab in Somalia have weaponized water in the pursuit of    More >

Isolating Qatar: The Gulf Rift, 2017–2021

Isolating Qatar: The Gulf Rift, 2017–2021

Edward A. Lynch

In June 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE announced a comprehensive boycott of Qatar. Diplomatic ties were severed, trade was banned, and airspace was closed. Qatari nationals were expelled from all four countries. It seemed that disaster loomed for this small Gulf nation. But not so. Instead, in an unexpected turn of events, the Qatari government deftly used its enormous wealth and    More >

Rebuilding Arab Defense: US Security Cooperation in the Middle East

Rebuilding Arab Defense: US Security Cooperation in the Middle East

Bilal Y. Saab

After decades of US military assistance in the Middle East—providing expensive weapons systems and conducting military exercises—why are the military capabilities of US allies in the region still lacking? Why does it matter? And what can be done to remedy the status quo? Bilal Saab addresses these vexing questions through a set of in-depth case studies. Identifying the pitfalls of    More >

Iraq Disarmed: The Story Behind the Story of the Fall of Saddam

Iraq Disarmed: The Story Behind the Story of the Fall of Saddam

Rolf Ekéus

"The quest to disarm Iraq took place between two wars—one justified and right, the other a dreadful mistake, a violation of international law that led to hundreds of thousands of deaths."  With these unvarnished words, Rolf Ekéus begins his political-thrilleresque story of the disarmament of Iraq—and the machinations that ultimately led to the fall of Saddam    More >

The Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Strategic Alliances and Rivalries

The Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Strategic Alliances and Rivalries

Amira Jadoon with Andrew Mines

The deadly attack on Kabul's airport in August 2021 shocked the world and brought concentrated attention to the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISK). New questions quickly arose: How did this ISIS affiliate become such a force in Afghanistan and Pakistan? And why is it now a lethal threat to the Taliban? Addressing these questions, Amira Jadoon and Andrew Mines draw on original data and newly    More >

Security Assistance in the Middle East: Challenges ... and the Need for Change

Security Assistance in the Middle East: Challenges ... and the Need for Change

Hicham Alaoui and Robert Springborg, editors

Why, given the enormous resources spent by the US and Europe on security assistance to Arab countries, has it led to so little success? Can anything be done to change the disheartening status quo? Addressing these thorny questions, the authors of this state-of-the-art assessment evaluate the costs and benefits to the main providers and recipients of security assistance in the MENA region and    More >

 

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Wonderful news: Ken Chitwood's The Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean won the Religion News Association's Award for Best Nonfiction Religion Book! In celebration, it's 50% off for a limited time. Here are some kind words that were shared at the awards ceremony: “Each chapter of this book reads like a long-form magazine article by a top-tier journalist and not at all like the work of an academic scholar. Oh wait! It's BOTH! Author Ken Chitwood does what all religion reporters aspire to do—find that undertold story hiding in plain sight and pull out all its nuances.”
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