Book Notes

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security

The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy: Ensuring Access and Promoting Security By Peter Dombrowski and Andrew C. Winner, Editors (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2014) 232 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Kevin E. Grimm, Assistant Professor of History, Regent University In The Indian Ocean and US Grand Strategy, the authors assembled by Peter Dombrowski an...    read more 

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant By Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (editors) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 384pp. Reviewed by Mr. Carl Yonker, Junior Research Fellow, MDC-Tel Aviv University, & Ph.D. Candidate, Tel Aviv University The renewed focus on, and interest in, the region’s ethnic and religious minorities, [...    read more 

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins

The Neglected Duty: The Creed of Sadat’s Assassins By Johannes J. G. Jansen (New York: RVP Press, reprint 2013) 270 pp. Reviewed by Norvell B. DeAtkine, Colonel (USA Retired), Consultant This book is an important one for those interested in the intellectual mind-set of the Jihadi mentality and their method of arriving at a comfort [&hellip...    read more 

A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq

A Quest in the Middle East: Gertrude Bell and the Making of Modern Iraq by Liora Lukitz (London: I.B. Tauris, 2014 [2006]) 320 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Justin Fantauzzo, Assistant Professor, History Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland Gertrude Bell, a young, affluent, Oxford-educated Briton, was at the center of the diplomatic discussions and occasion...    read more 

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi

Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia: Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi By Gerard Prunier and Eloi Ficquet (editors). (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015) 521 pp. Reviewed by Mr. Christopher Bailey, National Intelligence University Drs. Gerard Prunier and Eloi Ficquet have edited a comprehensive study that weaves together a broad range ...    read more 

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency

Boko Haram: Nigeria’s Islamist Insurgency By Virginia Comolli (London: C. Hurst & Company, Ltd., 2015) 239 pp. Reviewed by Benjamin Arah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government & Philosophy, Bowie State University Comolli, a research fellow for security and development at the London International Institute for Strategic Studies, has added an inva...    read more 

Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking

Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking by Timothy D. Sisk, ed. (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2011) 280 pp. Reviewed by Ms. Rachel Winter, M.A. Candidate, University of Iowa, Department of Religious Studies At face value, the title Between Terror and Tolerance makes the reader question if yet another volum...    read more 

The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey

The Reckoning of Pluralism: Political Belonging and the Demands of History in Turkey by Kabir Tambar (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2014) 218 pp. Reviewed by Maurizio Geri, PhD candidate in International Studies, Old Dominion University Kabir Tambar, a sociocultural anthropologist at Stanford University, wrote an interesting book on the re...    read more 

Military History of Late Rome: 284-361

Military History of Late Rome: 284-361 by Ilkka Syvanne (South Yorkshire, UK: Pen & Sword Military, 2015) 435 pp. Reviewed by Dr. Wyndham Whynot, Professor of History, Livingstone College When one thinks of Rome’s military history and forces, individuals often think of the pre-Augustinian era: Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, the Punic Wars, while others...    read more 

Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief

Religion, Politics, and the Origin of Palestine Refugee Relief by Asaf Romirowsky and Alexander H. Joffe (New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 2013) 254 pp. Reviewed by Joseph S. Spoerl, Professor, Philosophy Dept., Saint Anselm College This book is a carefully researched study of the earliest efforts to provide relief to the Palestinian Arabs who became refugees [...    read more