"In Revolution and Aftermath: Forging a New Strategy toward Iran, Eric Edelman and Ray Takeyh examine one of the most underappreciated forces that has shaped modern US foreign policy: American-Iranian relations. They argue that America's flawed reading of Iran's domestic politics has hamstrung decades of US diplomacy, resulting in humiliations and setbacks ranging from the 1979-81 hostage crisis to Barack Obama's concession-laden nuclear weapons deal. What presidents and diplomats have repeatedly failed to grasp, they write, is that 'the Islamic Republic is a revolutionary state whose entire identity is invested in its hostility toward the West.' To illuminate a path forward for American-Iranian relations, the authors address some of the most persistent myths about Iran, its ruling elite, and its people. They discuss the ways Iran played a vital role in US grand strategy after World War II. They discuss the Ayatollah Khomeini's worldview--including his view of the United States as 'the Great Satan'--and his remarkably durable legacy, which has animated decades of Iranian policies even when such policies are detrimental to the country's other stated national interests. Finally, they highlight lessons leaders can learn from America's many missteps since the 1979 Islamic Revolution." -- publisher.
Book — xix, 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Compliance and resistance under autocracy
State- and nation-building in Iraq, 1973-1979
War burden and coalitional politics, 1980-1991
Political implications of economic embargo, 1991-2003
Collaboration and resistance in Iraqi Kurdistan
Political orientation and Ba'th Party participation
Rumors as resistance
Religion, identity, and contentious politics
Military service, militias, and coup attempts
A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisions How did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century? The conventional wisdom about Iraq's modern political history is that the country was doomed by its diverse social fabric. But in State of Repression, Lisa Blaydes challenges this belief by showing that the country's breakdown was far from inevitable. At the same time, she offers a new way of understanding the behavior of other authoritarian regimes and their populations. Drawing on archival material captured from the headquarters of Saddam Hussein's ruling Ba'th Party in the wake of the 2003 US invasion, Blaydes illuminates the complexities of political life in Iraq, including why certain Iraqis chose to collaborate with the regime while others worked to undermine it. She demonstrates that, despite the Ba'thist regime's pretensions to political hegemony, its frequent reliance on collective punishment of various groups reinforced and cemented identity divisions. At the same time, a series of costly external shocks to the economy--resulting from fluctuations in oil prices and Iraq's war with Iran--weakened the capacity of the regime to monitor, co-opt, coerce, and control factions of Iraqi society. In addition to calling into question the common story of modern Iraqi politics, State of Repression offers a new explanation of why and how dictators repress their people in ways that can inadvertently strengthen regime opponents. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780691180274 20190318
Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, 
Book — x, 142 pages ; 23 cm.
The evolution of Israel's national security doctrine
New challenges for Israel's national security
Facing reality: Lebanon and Gaza
The Arab Spring and the Arab turmoil: a new Middle Eastern reality.
The turmoil which has been rattling the Middle East in recent years has confronted Israel with fresh challenges and opportunities and requires it to rethink the three levels of its strategy and security policies: National security Strategy (sometimes referred to as Grand Strategy), National Security Policy and National Military Strategy. The book points to the years 1979-1981 as the years of transition from conventional military challenges faced by Israel to the novel challenges of terrorism, missiles and rockets, sub-state guerrilla organizations on its borders and the prospect of nuclear weapons in hostile hands. Some of these challenges have been exacerbated by the unraveling of neighboring Arab states. The book's review of the evolution of Israeli policies through almost seven decades of war and conflicts shows the absence of a full-fledged grand strategy, the structural weakness of national security policy formulation by successive governments at the cabinet level and the dominant role of the IDF. This state of affairs helps explain why and how Israel has responded to the recent turmoil in a piecemeal fashion rather than formulate a comprehensive policy that would enhance its ability to respond to the new challenges and take advantage of the new opportunities. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780817920449 20170530
"In August 1966, a 14-year-old boy in Beijing is thrust into violence and chaos as Mao Ze-dong's Cultural Revolution begins to blaze across China. In this riveting memoir, Wei Yang Chao now tells his story--how rebels attacked and publicly humiliated his family, upended his education, and sent out of a country rendered unrecognizable by violence and radical ideology. At first he is swept up by the Red Guards but finds himself at the center of a bloody revolution. After mass rallies at Tiananmen Square, he witnesses attacks on teachers and professors, and the disintegration of his parents' lives as tolerance and freedom begin to crumble he finds himself cast into exile"--Amazon.com.
Chapter 4: The Wahhabi Ulema and the Jihadi Threat.
Chapter 5: Angry Youth: The Fuel of Revolution.
Chapter 6: The Mystique of State Power.
Chapter 7: The Price of a Saudi Collapse.
Chapter 8: The Risk to the Arab Gulf States.
Chapter 9: The Iranian Threat.
Chapter 10: The Yemenis Are Coming.
Chapter 11: Conclusion: Ideas for Reform.
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The Saudi Kingdom presents a rare, honest, and insightful analysis of Saudi Arabia's political stability in light of the mounting domestic and international challenges facing the country today. Directly addressing Saudi Arabia's inert monarchical ruling system, its foundational alliance with the Wahhabi establishment, and its increasingly dangerous environment populated with a diverse set of enemies, Ali Shihabi, a Saudi banker and political analyst, looks at the prospects for the survival of this difficult-to-penetrate monarchy and suggests ideas for reform that may help it better withstand the turbulent winds of change. Ali Shihabi is a Saudi citizen and a former banker. He founded the Rasmala Investment Bank in 1999 and served as its chairman until 2011. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Board Management Committee of Saudi Hollandi Bank for a period of over ten years. A graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in political science, he earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.He sits on the Executive Committee of the Saudi British Chamber of Commerce and has served as a member of the advisory board of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. The Saudi Kingdom is Ali Shihabi's second book. His first was a work of political fiction called Arabian War Games published in 2012. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781909300781 20160618
Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, 2014.
Book — xi, 63 pages ; 18 cm.
Lee Smith analyses the current US administration's stance on Syria, questioning whether it will build the foundations of a new Middle East or usher in an era of instability that will affect the entire world. The author contends that the many apparent shifts in the administration's Syria policy were part of a messaging campaign intended to camouflage President Barack Obama's determination to stay out of the Syrian conflict. Smith concludes that the next White House will have to deal with the region that this one will hand off to it, containing more violence, betrayed allies, emboldened adversaries, and Iran on the verge of a nuclear breakout that will further destabilize a vital strategic region. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780817917753 20190129