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The Political Writings
"Political Regime" and "Summary of Plato's Laws"
Alfarabi
Alfarabi (ca. 870–950) founded the great tradition of Aristotelian/Platonic political philosophy in medieval Islamic and Arabic culture. In this second volume of political writings, Charles E. Butterworth presents translations of Alfarabi's Political Regime and Summary of Plato’s "Laws," accompanied by introductions that discuss the background...



The Dictator's Army
Battlefield Effectiveness in Authoritarian Regimes
Caitlin Talmadge
A compelling new argument to help us understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well—and sometimes very poorly. Talmadge's framework for understanding battlefield effectiveness focuses on four key sets of military organizational...



Islam in Saudi Arabia
David Commins
David Commins challenges the stereotype of Saudi Arabia as a country immune to change by highlighting the ways that urbanization, education, and consumerism have exerted pressure on the religious...



The Wages of Oil
Parliaments and Economic Development in Kuwait and the UAE
Michael Herb
Michael Herb provides a robust framework for thinking about the future of the Gulf monarchies by contrasting Kuwait and the...



Diplomacy's Value
Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East
Brian C. Rathbun
Brian C. Rathbun sets forth a comprehensive theory of diplomacy, based on his understanding that political leaders have distinct diplomatic styles: coercive bargaining, reasoned dialogue, and pragmatic...



The Peace Puzzle
America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989–2011
Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt, Steven L. Spiegel, Shibley Telhami, Shibley Z. Telhami
The Peace Puzzle tracks the American determination to articulate policy, develop strategy and tactics, and see through negotiations to agreements on an issue that has been of singular importance to U.S. interests for more than forty...



Zion's Dilemmas
How Israel Makes National Security Policy
Charles D. Freilich
This book details the history and, in many cases, the chronic inadequacies in the making of Israeli national security policy, as well as its strengths: rapid and flexible responses, generally pragmatic decision-making, and effective...



Spoils of Truce
Corruption and State-Building in Postwar Lebanon
Reinoud Leenders
Reinoud Leenders describes the corruption that was intertwined with the rebuilding of Lebanon after the end of its decades' long civil war.



When Victory Is Not an Option
Islamist Movements in Arab Politics
Nathan J. Brown
In When Victory Is Not an Option, Nathan J. Brown focuses on Islamist movements in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and Palestine, showing that uncertain benefits lead to uncertain changes.



By Sword and Plow
France and the Conquest of Algeria
Jennifer E. Sessions
Generously illustrated with examples of this imperialist iconography, Sessions's work connects a wide-ranging culture of empire to specific policies of colonization during a pivotal period in the genesis of modern...



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