Year: 2013

The Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism

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By: Paul Amar

Volume: 1 Issue: 7

November 2013

Review by:

Marilyn Booth, PhD

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom

In the linked assemblage of essays that make up this study of the rise of a new kind of governance regime associated particularly with “hot spots” in the global semi-periphery, Paul Amar offers a series of case studies focusing on Brazil and Egypt to argue that “a grammar of humanitarian protection or securitized humanization” (p. 3) is increasingly the new discursive and material logic of state control and population management. Rather than seeing this as…

Qatar Politics and the Challenges of Development

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By: Matthew Gray

Volume: 1 Issue: 7

November 2013

Review by:

Mahjoob Zweiri, PhD

Qatar University

Doha, Qatar

The growing interest in writing about Qatar has increased in the last decade. This interest has come after the emerging role of Qatar as a serious mediator in many conflicts all over the globe. Qatar Politics and the Challenges of Development focuses on the developments that took place after 1995, when Shiekh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani seized power from his father. This book is one of the latest publications which analyzes the challenges of…

Where is the Lone Ranger? America’s Search for a Stability Force (2nd ed.)

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By: Robert M. Perito

Volume: 1 Issue: 7

November 2013

Review by:

Gary Hobin, Major (Ret.)

US Army Command and General Staff College

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Over the course of its history, the United States has been involved in roughly a dozen wars, as well as many lesser conflicts. One common theme among these events has been the search for stability after armed conflict has ended. Robert Perito’s book, Where is the Lone Ranger? America’s Search for a Stability Force, looks at instances of United States’ military intervention since the 1990s, arguing that the United States needs to organize and field…

The Violence of Petro-Dollar Regimes: Algeria, Iraq and Libya

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By: Luis Martinez

Volume: 1 Issue: 6

October 2013

Review by:

David A. Grantham, ABD

Texas Christian University

Ft. Worth, TX

Author Luis Martinez, in his latest work The Violence of Petro-Dollar Regimes, poses a simple question: How does tremendous wealth stunt, or even reverse a nation’s economic and social development? It seems paradoxical for a nation to simultaneously experience a financial windfall and a domestic decline, but that was the reality for Algeria, Iraq, and Libya. During the early 1970s, each nation experienced eerily similar social and economic decay in the midst of unprecedented oil…

Nation-Building, State and the Genderframing of Women’s Rights in the United Arab Emirates (1971- 2009)

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By: Vania Carvalho Pinto

Volume: 1 Issue: 6

October 2013

Review by:

el-Sayed el-Aswad, PhD

United Arab Emirates University

Al Ain, UAE

The book addresses the interconnected notions of gender, nation-building, and domestic socio-political dynamics in the newly established state of the United Arab Emirates that, while aspiring to establish a modern country, is still searching for self-definition and empowerment. It presents two forms of analyses. On the one hand, it investigates the strategic plan of the UAE state in creating and re-configuring alterations to the genderframe. On the other hand, it examines the resonance or impact…

Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East

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By: Valentine M. Moghadam

Volume: 1 Issue: 6

October 2013

Review by:

Ian Campbell, PhD

Georgia State Universiy

Atlanta, GA

This is a new edition of the author’s work, updated to include events of the Arab Spring and subsequent revolts. Its comprehensiveness, its use of reams of real-world data to illustrate and support its conclusions, and its willingness to look at gender issues from a wide range of highly-critical perspectives all combine with a limpid prose style to make this an invaluable resource for scholars in all manner of fields touching on gender studies and…

Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State

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By: Shira Robinson

Volume: 1 Issue: 6

October 2013

Review by:

Seth J. Frantzman, PhD

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel

In April of 1950, Arabs in villages across Israel celebrated the country’s first Independence Day. As scholar Shira Robinson describes it in Citizen Strangers, “local residents [came out] to greet the governor, observe a formal military ceremony, raise the flag and listen to speeches by teachers” (p. 118). Alongside traditional Palestinian folk dancing, students honored the Israeli flag in ceremonies that sometimes lasted five hours, according to Jewish officials present. This is a far cry…

Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes

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By: Alessandra L. Gonzalez

Volume: 1 Issue: 6

October 2013

Review by:

Michal L. Allon, PhD

Tel Aviv University

Israel

Gonzáles’s Islamic Feminism in Kuwait: The Politics and Paradoxes is a case study of the complex phenomenon of a non-western genre of feminism which is emerging in a majority Muslim society. The author, a research fellow at the Institute for the Studies of Religion at Baylor University and a Research Associate at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY, challenges the ubiquitous Western belief that Islam is inherently oppressive to women, through her research…

Fallujah Awakens: Marines, Sheikhs, and the Battle Against Al Qaeda

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By: Bill Ardolino

Volume: 1 Issue: 6

October 2013

Review by:

Ihsan Ali Alkhatib, PhD

Murray State University

Murray, KY

Bill Ardolino, an associate editor and overseas correspondent for the Long War Journal has written a book that many would be tempted to dismiss as a long version of the embedded journalism he did in 2006, 2007 and 2008 in Iraq. That would be a mistake. Mr. Ardolino has, perhaps unintentionally, written two books in one. The first book is the one that Ardolino intended, that is the story of the success of United States’…

Party Politics and Social Cleavages in Turkey

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By: Ergun Ozbudun

Volume: 1 Issue: 5

September 2013

Review by:

Masaki Kakizaki, PhD

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ergun Özbudun’s Party Politics and Social Cleavages in Turkey offers concise and clear analyses of the origin of the Turkish party system, the relationship between social cleavages and political parties, the patterns of voting behavior, and the problems of the electoral system. Özbudun applies a variety of approaches to political parties, elections, and party politics such as Lipset and Rokkan’s social cleavage theory, Sartori’s party system categorization, and Duverger’s law to shed light on different…

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