Book review: ‘Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force’ by Michael Innes
Book Review

Book review: ‘Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force’ by Michael Innes

Reviewed by: Lauren Dickey Michael A. Innes (ed.), Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2012). [Not] making sense of proxy wars At the end of the Cold War, and especially in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the study of war gradually shifted … Continue reading

Book review: ‘America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam’ by Christopher Lawrence
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Book review: ‘America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam’ by Christopher Lawrence

Reviewed by: Cheng Lai Ki Christopher Lawrence. America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Oxford, UK. Casemate Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1612002781. Hardcover. £19.99 Compared to other countries around the world, the United States military possesses the largest expenditure rate in the world of around $640,221million, according to a study conducted by the Brookings in 2014.[1] … Continue reading

Book review: ‘The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power’ by Patrick Porter
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Book review: ‘The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power’ by Patrick Porter

By: Yuji Develle Patrick Porter. The Global Village Myth: Distance, War and the Limits of Power. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press/ distr. by Hurst and Co, 2015. ISBN: 978-18-49-04544-5. Pp. 242. Paperback. £17.99. The Global Village Myth attacks ‘globalist’ thinking head-on and arrives at no better time. An empirically backed assault on how contemporary neo-liberal … Continue reading

Review: ‘The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East’ by Efraim Karsh
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Review: ‘The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East’ by Efraim Karsh

Reviewed by: Bradley Lineker & Samar Batrawi   Efraim Karsh. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East. London & New York: Bloomsbury/ Continuum, 2015. ISBN: 978-14-72-91046-2. Pp. 236. Hardcover. £21.99. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East is the latest book from Efraim Karsh, professor of political … Continue reading

Finding context in the chaos of the Islamic State
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Finding context in the chaos of the Islamic State

By: Aaron Noonan Weiss, Michael D and Hassan Hassan, ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. New York: Regan Arts., 2015. Pages: 288. £10.99 (paperback). ISBN-10: 1941393578 In a defiant interview with The Sunday Telegraph in October 2011, just as the Syrian uprising was beginning to transition to civil war, President Bashar al-Assad declared: ‘Any problem … Continue reading

Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work
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Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work

By Samar Batrawi and Bradley Lineker: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. New York, USA: Harper Collins., 2015. Pages: 288. $14.99 (hardback). ISBN: 9780062333957 Recent discourse on Islamic radicalisation and extremism has placed increased emphasis on the role of violence supposedly inherent within Islamic scripture. Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent book Heretic: Why Islam Needs … Continue reading