Archives for 2012

History of Libya

Generally, when people think of Libya, the typical items they may recall are the country's involvement with, or support of, terrorism during the latter 20th and early 21st centuries, and/or some familiarity with Moammar Gadafi, the former leader. John Wright, a former BBC political commentator on Libya and author of several books on the country, initially wr...    read more 

The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy

In the past two years, groups dedicated to the overthrow of longstanding authoritarian regimes, particularly in the Middle East, have experienced startling success that regional analysts simply did not foresee. The toppling of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak, and Muammar Qaddafi, and the further imperilment of Bashar al Assad's regime in Syria, are te...    read more 

Frontiers of Violence in North-East Africa: Genealogies of Conflict since 1800

Conflict in northeast Africa has become an ever-present state of regional affairs. In Sudan, there has been genocide in Darfur and fighting stemming from unresolved issues surrounding the independence of South Sudan. Ethiopia still faces internal problems in the Oromo territories and with the Somali in the Ogaden. Eritrea has unresolved borders disputes with...    read more 

Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics

Klejda Mulaj notes in her introduction to this volume, violent non-state actors (VNSAs) “have only recently received sustained interest amongst academic and policy circles” (1). In part because this field of study is so new, the academic understanding of VNSAs remains theoretically underdeveloped. Yet it is also a vital field. Not only has the past decad...    read more 

Burying the Beloved: Marriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran

Amy Motlagh's Burying the Beloved is a creative and insightful contribution to the study of literature and gender in modern Iran. Motlagh seeks to understand the changing status of women in Iran through the lens of prose fiction by focusing on how Iranian authors dealt with the subject of marriage. Her approach allows her both to contextualize some of the ma...    read more 

Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military

With both the Cold War and 9-11 behind us, the United States is arguably entering a "post-post" world. Some elements of continuity remain: globalization continues to link states and their peoples ever closer, and security operations against militant Islamist groups such as Al Qaeda and its various affiliates continue apace. The withdrawal of remaining Americ...    read more 

Small Arms, Crime and Conflict: Global Governance and the Threat of Armed Violence

Beyond this volume's substantive look at key issues in the interrelationship between the availability of small arms and violence (a topic of keen interest to Africa specialists), it provides a fascinating look at this academic field's transformation over the past two decades. Indeed, for researchers in emerging or rapidly changing fields, this book's discuss...    read more 

Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network

Recently, the academic literature has been filled with numerous pieces examining various facets and aspects of international terrorism. What has been missing, however, is an in-depth examination of one of the key actors in international terrorism-Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia and the Global Islamic Terrorist Network, edited by Sarah N. Stern, fills much of this...    read more 

Between Terror and Tolerance

Between Terror and Tolerance is a collection of essays on the relationships between politics, religion and violence. The contributors comprise an international team of scholars who researched the roles of religious leaders in deeply divided societies. How do religious leaders affect social forces and help define intolerant or tolerant national identities? Th...    read more 

Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

With the death of Osama Bin Laden, not a few self-styled international security experts have stepped forward to declare America's victory in what used to be called the "War on Terrorism." More recently, David Ignatius, the well-known opinion writer for the Washington Post, gained special access from top officials in the Obama Administration to some of the re...    read more