Archives for 2008

The Trouble With Africa: Why Foreign Aid Isn’t Working

In recent years, the spread of radical Islam in African nations has made the continent a major front in the global war on terrorism. To combat this threat, the U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a new U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to unify, not only defense efforts on the continent, but the nations humanitarian efforts in Africa as well. Once at fu...    read more 

Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Arab Middle Class

Can one have nationalism without nationalists? This is the question Keith David Watenpaugh poses in his book Being Modern in the Middle East: Revolution, Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Arab Middle Class, an in-depth examination of the circumstances of Arab middle-class modernism at the close of the Ottoman Empire. Focusing on the city of Aleppo in Nort...    read more 

The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to Al-Qaeda

Jerrold M. Post, an expert on political psychology, sets out to explore what leads individuals to turn to terrorism in The Mind of the Terrorist: The Psychology of Terrorism from the IRA to Al-Qaeda. Throughout the course of the text, Post persuasively argues that, unlike some of history’s most infamous mass murders, terrorists are not insane. He skillfu...    read more 


On January 6, 2008 Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, Anglican bishop of Rochester, England, published a New Year’s warning to his countrymen in the Sunday Telegraph, lamenting how Islamic extremists have established “no-go” areas in cities across Britain, places where Christians and other non-Muslims do not feel safe walking the streets. Needless to say, his admo...    read more 

Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil

As the world’s thirst for oil remains unquenched and geopolitical volatility in the Middle East escalates, the global oil industry is increasingly turning its attention to West Central Africa’s Gulf of Guinea. Recent advances in deep water drilling technologies and close proximity to the West has turned what was once viewed as a backwater into an ever m...    read more 

The Confrontation: Winning the War Against Future Jihad

Over the past several years Walid Phares has written a trilogy of books that collectively provide a set of intellectual armor for civilized societies engaged in the War against Islamic Terrorism. He has, in short, fortified liberal democratic resolve. InFuture Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against the West, published in 2005, he delineates the formation of Is...    read more 

A History of Sub-Saharan Africa

Teaching and writing African history is a Sisyphean task. Africa, well more than four times the size of the continental United States, consists of 53 nation states, hundreds of millions of people, thousands of languages and dialects, and the longest human history of any region on the planet. And yet the specialist on South Africa is expected to be conversant...    read more 

Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion

Elaheh Rostami-Povey’s Afghan Women: Identity and Invasion sets out to portray the situation of women in Afghanistan as told by Afghan women themselves. Building on the testimonies of Afghan women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, the United Kingdom and the United States, Rostami-Povey sheds light over many problems women in patriarchal and war-torn countrie...    read more