New Books Network

Seyed Ali Alavi, “Iran and Palestine: Past, Present, and Future” (Routledge, 2019)
In Iran and Palestine: Past, Present and Future (Routledge, 2019), Seyed Ali Alavi (SOAS University of London) surveys the history of the relationship between Iran – and especially the Islamic Republic of Iran – with Palestinian organisations and leadership. It also, quite obviously, deals with Iranian views of Israel and... Read More
Paul Robinson, “Russian Conservatism” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Professor Paul Robinson‘s new book, Russian Conservatism (Cornell University Press, 2019) is a comprehensive examination of the roots and development of the hardy strain of conservative political thought in Russian history. Robinson begins by tackling the thorny question of how to define conservatism in the Russian context and introduces readers... Read More
Beth Fischer, “The Myth of Triumphalism: Rethinking President Reagan’s Cold War Legacy” (UP of Kentucky, 2019)
Every time that I teach any portion of a course dealing with Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War, I gird myself for the inevitable myth-busting that I’m going to do. The idea that Reagan won the Cold War by bankrupting the Soviet Union through heavy military expenditures... Read More
Michael Krona and Rosemary Pennington, “The Media World of ISIS” (Indiana UP, 2019)
From efficient instructions on how to kill civilians to horrifying videos of beheadings, no terrorist organization has more comprehensively weaponized social media than ISIS. Its strategic, multi-platformed campaign is so effective that it has ensured global news coverage and inspired hundreds of young people around the world to abandon their... Read More
Audrey Kurth Cronin, “Power to the People: How Open Technological Innovation is Arming Tomorrow’s Terrorists” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Never have so many possessed the means to be so lethal. The diffusion of modern technology (robotics, cyber weapons, 3-D printing, autonomous systems, and artificial intelligence) to ordinary people has given them access to weapons of mass violence previously monopolized by the state. In recent years, states have attempted to... Read More
David H. McIntyre, “How to Think about Homeland Security” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019)
Today I talked to David H. McIntyre about How to Think about Homeland Security; Volume 1: The Imperfect Intersection of National Security and Public Safety and Volume 2: Risk, Threats, and the New Normal (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). The next evolution in improving homeland security is to analyze and evaluate... Read More
Eyal Mayroz, “Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
Why don’t governments do more to prevent genocide? What role does the public have in compelling their governments to take an active stand in the face of genocide? In Reluctant Interveners: America’s Failed Responses to Genocide from Bosnia to Darfur (Rutgers University Press, 2019), Eyal Mayroz approaches these questions and... Read More