Book Notes

Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa

Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa By Chandra Sriram (Editor) (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017) 321 pp. Reviewed by: Elham Kazemi, PhD student of Political Science, University of California, Irvine The uprisings known as the “Arab Spring” started in Tunisia in December 2010 and soon engulfed the whole Middle East [&helli...    read more 

Political Islam in Tunisia the History of Ennahda

Political Islam in Tunisia the History of Ennahda by Anne Wolf (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2017) 269 pp. Reviewed by Salih Yasun, PhD student at the Department of Political Science at Indiana University Anne Wolf’s “Political Islam in Tunisia” discusses the historical evolution of political Islam in Tunisia through an intersecting paradigm ...    read more 

Why Europe Intervenes in Africa: Security, Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism

Why Europe Intervenes in Africa: Security, Prestige and the Legacy of Colonialism  By Catherine Gegout (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 400pp. Reviewed by: Paul Chiudza Banda, Ph.D. Candidate in History, West Virginia University Catherine Gegout highlights the various forms of European intervention in African affairs since the end of the Cold Wa...    read more 

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know

The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know by James L. Gelvin (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018) 191 pp. Reviewed by Berkay Gülen, PhD Candidate in International Studies, University of Washington   James L. Gelvin’s The New Middle East, a part of ‘What Everyone Needs to Know’ series of the Oxford University Press, [&hellip...    read more 

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict  

The Soviet-Israeli War 1967-1973: The USSR’s Military Intervention in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict   By Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez   (Oxford University Press, 2017.)  506 pp.    Reviewed by Prof. David A. Meier,  Dickinson State University Ginor and Remez drew positive acclaim for their book Foxbats Over Dimona...    read more 

Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What Happened and Why 

Turkey’s July 15th Coup: What Happened and Why  Edited by M. Hakan Yavuz and Bayram Balcı  (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2018), 344 pp.  Reviewed by Prof. Paul Kubicek, Department of Political Science, Oakland University   The attempted coup of July 15, 2016 constitutes a watershed in modern Turkey. Its failure, in part [&...    read more 

Understanding Zimbabwe: From Liberation to Authoritarianism

Understanding Zimbabwe:  From Liberation to Authoritarianism  by Sara Rich Dorman (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016,) pp. 347. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College Recently Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, who ruled that country for the last several decades, was remove...    read more 

Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures

Israeli Peacemaking since 1967: Factors behind the Breakthroughs and Failures by Galia Golan   (New York: Routledge, 2014) 246 pp. Reviewed by: Raphael BenLevi, Doctoral Candidate, Political Science Department, Bar-Ilan University   Galia Golan is a veteran of the Israeli academia known for connecting her scholarship to real-world action. Gola...    read more 

Iran in World History

Iran in World History  by Richard Foltz (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2016), 151 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Department of History and Political Science, Livingstone College Historically, particular countries often played a significant role within their geographical regions; in the Middle East, the 20th-century several countries such ...    read more 

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa

The Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa Edited by Mark Gasiorowski and Sean L. Yom (Boulder: Westview Press, 2017) Eighth Edition, 578 pp. Reviewed by: Dr. Shaul Bartal, Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University  This book sums up Middle Eastern politics, serves as an introduction for beginners on the government and [&...    read more