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    Book Review – Helen Lackner’s ‘Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State’

Book Review – Helen Lackner’s ‘Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State’

by Marieke Brandt
It is often the eruption or aggravation of its perennial political crises that draw the attention of the international community to Yemen, a country whose history is both rich and troublesome. Since the beginning of the Saudi-led ‘Operation Decisive Storm’ in 2015, an effort to force Yemen into submission and starvation, the need for information on […]

December 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Yemen|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Safwan Masri’s ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

Book Review – Safwan Masri’s ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

by Rory McCarthy
It is now nearly seven years since uprisings brought down authoritarian rulers across the Arab world, but only in Tunisia have there been significant achievements in consolidating a new democracy. There are two contradictory conclusions to draw from this. Either the Tunisian political process offers vital insights that might be applicable in other Arab countries, or the […]

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    Book Review – Cathy Otten’s ‘With Ash on their Faces’

Book Review – Cathy Otten’s ‘With Ash on their Faces’

by Orsola Torrisi
In the first days of August 2014, after capturing the vast city of Mosul, Daesh (or the Islamic State) fighters directed their expansion towards the mountainous region of Sinjar, fanning out across the plain of Nineveh, near Iraq’s border with Syria. It is this region that approximately 400,000 Yazidis, a long-persecuted religious minority whose belief system draws […]

November 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Iraq|0 Comments|

Book Review – Ian Black’s ‘Enemies and Neighbours’

by Menachem Klein
A century has passed since World War I, providing an opportunity to revisit one of the war’s most famous byproducts: the Balfour Declaration. In his letter to Lord Rothschild of 2 November 1917, Lord Balfour, then British Foreign Secretary, wrote:
‘His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and […]

November 3rd, 2017|Book Reviews, Israel|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – Anne Wolf’s ‘Political Islam in Tunisia’

Book Review – Anne Wolf’s ‘Political Islam in Tunisia’

by Courtney Freer

In Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda, Anne Wolf provides a comprehensive account of the evolution of the political party in both its activities and ideology, which is essential to understanding the role of political Islam in Tunisia and comprehending its enduring role elsewhere in the Middle East. Her multidisciplinary approach allows her to trace […]

November 3rd, 2017|Book Reviews, Tunisia|0 Comments|

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