Current Reviews

Here you will find a listing of all of the book and media reviews from the past year and current year. To find all reviews published to this site, please go to the All Reviews page.

Statecraft in the Middle East: Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and Security

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By: Imad Mansour

Volume: 5 Issue: 8

August 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

Political scientists, especially international relations and foreign policy specialists, are well aware of the theoretical approach of linkage politics, which for some reason is not mentioned in this work.  Introduced by James N. Rosenau[1] and followed soon thereafter by Joseph Frankel[2] the efforts of state decision makes toward the external environment is dependent to some degree on their respective domestic political structure and set of condition. Government policies dealing with the external environment and domestic…

Vulnerability in Resistance

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By: Judith Butler
Zeynep Gambetti
Leticia Sabsay , Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 8

August 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

A collaborative effort resulting from a workshop the theme of which was the “Rethinking Vulnerability and Resistance: Feminism and Social Change” held at Columbia University’s Global Center in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013. There are 13 essays representing a number of nationalities, but principally Turkish and Greek participants, with a sprinkling of American, British, French, Belgian, and Palestinian folk.  The editors are a professor of comparative literature (Butler), political theory (Gambetti), and gender studies (Sabsay). The…

Saudi Arabian Foreign Policy: Conflict and Cooperation in Uncertain Times

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By: Neil Partrick, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 7

July 2017

Review by:

Mohammed M. Aman, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

The book brings together original and previously published papers on aspects of Saudi Arabia foreign policy, and the overlapping relationships with states and regions in a historical context as well as their relevance to the ever changing present.   At the writing of this review, the Saudi Royal Court announced a reverse in the line of succession by naming the 31 years old  Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the crown prince and next in line to…

Hadhramaut and Its Diaspora: Yemeni Politics, Identity and Migration

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By: Noel Brehony, Editor

Volume: 5 Issue: 7

July 2017

Review by:

Calvin H. Allen, Jr. Ph.D

Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

Noel Brehony, a retired British diplomat and author on Yemeni affairs, has joined with eleven other specialists to present an examination of the Hadramaut, Yemen’s eastern province, and its many emigres dispersed throughout the Indian Ocean basin. The collection of articles seeks nothing more than to “illuminate many aspects of Hadhramaut, Yemen and the diaspora” while showing that research “is still comparatively underdeveloped” (p. 14), and has in common with much of the literature on…

Nasser’s Blessed Movement: Egypt’s Free Officers and the July Revolution

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By: Joel Gordon

Volume: 5 Issue: 7

July 2017

Review by:

Sanford R. Silverburg, Ph.D

Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

A particularly intense history of Egypt’s revolution conducted by a group of army officers in July 1952.  This is an updated version of the study conducted by the author now with the perspective of a post 9/11 observation position and the availability of newly released archival materials.  We know the military officers took over from the Egyptian pasha elite and the parliamentary system without understanding the unintended consequences of the political forces essential in the…