Book Reviews

A Crisis of Confidentiality: A Review of 'Lords of Secrecy' by Scott Horton

This article appeared in The Cyber Issue in Winter 2016. The greatest threat to American democracy may be something completely intangible. In Lords of Secrecy, attorney and...

Explaining Russia Through Putin: A Review of The New Tsar by Steven Lee Myers

This article appeared in The Cyber Issue in Winter 2016.Steven Lee Myers’s new book, The New Tsar, provides one of the weightier explanations to the enigma that is Russia’s long-serving...

Peeling Away Lebanon’s Immunity to Revolution: A Review of "The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon"

The Politics of Sectarianism in Postwar Lebanon, co-authored by Bassel F. Salloukh, Rabie Barakat, Jinan S. Al-Habbal, Lara W. Khattab, Shoghig Mikaelian and Aram Nerguizian, is a refreshingly...

Crackdowns and Detainments: A review of "Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt: The Story of an Uprising"

From graffiti slogans to national anthems, Media, Revolution and Politics in Egypt places her reader in the center of Tahrir Square before and after it became the epicenter of Egypt’s burgeoning...

The Impact of the Muslim Brotherhood on the Changing Face of the Middle East: A Review of "Inside The Brotherhood"

Few organizations have had an impact on the social and political aspects of the Middle East comparable to that of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood, an outgrowth of Egyptian politics, has...

Negotiating Transition: A Review of "Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat"

Arab Spring: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Intifadat is essentially a collection of negotiation case studies, with nine cases from the major transition points in the Arab Spring, and two outlying...

Islamism and Its Inclinations: A Review of "Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World"

Islamism: What it Means for the Middle East and the World is author Tarek Osman’s attempt to distill the diverse, often misunderstood social and political systems of the Muslim world. Osman explains...

An Insider’s View: A Review of "Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace"

Part history, part political analysis, and part memoir, Seyed Hossein Mousavian’s Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace is meant to give the reader...

The Sins of Our Fathers: A Review of "Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War: The Legal Cynicism of Criminal Militarism"

John Hagan, Joshua Kaiser, and Anna Hansen, in Iraq and the Crimes of Aggressive War, paint the picture of exactly how a preventive war in Iraq could happen. From the disbanding of the Ottoman Empire...

Private Sector Potential: A Review of Natalie Ralph’s “Peacemaking and the Extractive Industries”

Natalie Ralph’s Peacemaking and the Extractive Industries presents an unprecedented approach to the rapidly emerging field of corporate peacemaking. Ralph explores the role extractive transnational...

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