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    Book Review – ‘From the River to the Sea: Palestine and Israel in the Shadow of “Peace”‘ by Mandy Turner

Book Review – ‘From the River to the Sea: Palestine and Israel in the Shadow of “Peace”‘ by Mandy Turner

by Ian Black
A ‘rigorously analytical’ new collection of essays, edited by the Kenyon Institute’s Mandy Turner, seeks to explain what has happened during (and since) the long and dubious Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Grim insights into the Palestinian condition are followed by the hopeful vision of a single democratic state, but is such a solution feasible?
Correction: This review initially implied […]

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    Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

Book Review – ‘Assad or we Burn the Country: How One Family’s Lust for Power Destroyed Syria’ by Sam Dagher

by Joey Ayoub
A powerful new chronicle of the Syrian tragedy, based on interviews with regime insiders and rebel activists, seeks to explain the Assad government’s successful grip on power and the lengths to which it will go to maintain this.

‘Assad or we burn the country’ has become the most notorious slogan associated with the Assad regime and its supporters […]

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    Book Review – ‘Iran: A Social and Political History since the Qajars’ by Yann Richard

Book Review – ‘Iran: A Social and Political History since the Qajars’ by Yann Richard

by Marc Martorell Junyent
For the first time, groundbreaking French Iranologist Yann Richard’s history of Iran since the Qajar period has been published in English. In this remarkable book, Richard provides us with a comprehensive and coherent account of more than two centuries of Iranian history built upon a single narrative.

Yann Richard, Professor Emeritus at the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle–Paris […]

October 4th, 2019|Book Reviews, Iran|0 Comments|

Book Review – ‘Lords of the Desert’ by James Barr

by Jim Muir
James Barr has produced a worthy successor to ‘A Line in the Sand’, his masterly study of collusion, rivalry and skulduggery as the British and French wrestled to carve up the Middle East to their own benefit in the early decades of the 20th century. Here he carries forward the story, showing how the Americans, far from […]

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    Book Review – ‘The Justice and Development Party in Turkey’ by Toygar Sinan Baykan

Book Review – ‘The Justice and Development Party in Turkey’ by Toygar Sinan Baykan

by Gorkem Altinors
This original history of Turkey’s ruling AKP skilfully moves away from structural factors and offers an agency-focussed analysis of the authoritarian turn in Turkey with fifty in-depth interviews.

Turkey’s nineteenth local elections were held on the last day of March in 2019. Erdogan’s Islamist AKP (Justice and Development Party) formed the People’s Alliance with the ultra-nationalist MHP, whereas the main […]

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