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Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

Fragile Nation, Shattered Land: The Modern History of Syria

James A. Reilly

How did the lands that are today Syria survive the vicissitudes of centuries of Ottoman, Egyptian, and French rule, only to stand in ruins today, shattered by a brutal civil war? To provide answers, James Reilly traces five centuries of Syrian history, from the Ottoman period to the present. Reilly brings to life the myriad historical, cultural, social, economic, and political factors that have    More >

Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran: Challenging the Status Quo

Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran: Challenging the Status Quo

Abbas Milani and Larry Diamond, editors

Despite the relative calm apparent in Iran today, there is unmistakable evidence of political, social, and cultural ferment stirring beneath the surface. The authors of Politics and Culture in Contemporary Iran—a group of scholars, activists, and artists—explore that unrest and its challenge to the legitimacy and stability of the present authoritarian regime. Ranging from political    More >

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Mehdi Mozaffari

What exactly is Islamism? And what explains its violent expansion in recent decades? Why are Islamists so determined to change the world order? Are there similarities between Islamism and classical totalitarian regimes and ideologies? Will it fail, as those regimes did in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union—or can it adapt effectively to changing realities? What are the fundamental strengths    More >

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

The Arab World Upended: Revolution and Its Aftermath in Tunisia and Egypt

David B. Ottaway

After the autocratic regimes in the seemingly unassailable police states of Tunisia and Egypt suddenly collapsed in 2011, the Islamic parties that took over quickly succumbed in turn to further massive uprisings, this time by disaffected secularists and, in the case of Egypt, with the support of the army. What explains this? And why do the current regimes in both countries remain so    More >

Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom

Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture, and Society in the Kingdom

Sean Foley

T. E. Lawrence once observed that Saudi Arabia had "so little art" that it could "be said to have no art at all." Whether that was once the case is arguable. But that it is not the case now is clear in Sean Foley's Changing Saudi Arabia. Exploring the contemporary arts movement in Saudi Arabia in the context of the kingdom's changing political realities, Foley finds    More >

Israel’s National Identity: The Changing Ethos of Conflict

Israel’s National Identity: The Changing Ethos of Conflict

Neta Oren

In a country whose citizens have experienced prolonged exposure to intractable conflict, are there unique features to be found in Israeli society’s core beliefs? And how—and to what effect—have those beliefs changed across the decades? To answer these questions, Neta Oren deeply explores Israel's political culture. Oren focuses especially on two circular processes: the    More >

 

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Congratulations to this year's APCG-Lynne Rienner Publishers Best Dissertation Award winner Steven Rosenzweig of Boston University for his dissertation, “Voter Backlash, Elite Misperception, and the Logic of Violence in Electoral Competition” (completed at Yale University).
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