Books

Afghanistan and its Neighbors after the NATO Withdrawal

Afghanistan and its Neighbors after the NATO Withdrawal

Author/editor: Saikal, A & Nourzhanov, K. (eds)

Year published: 2016

The planned reductions in NATO troop numbers in Afghanistan through 2015 and a final withdrawal at the end of 2016 brings up numerous pressing questions about the security and national interests of not just Afghanistan, but of the broader region itself. The problem of a chaotic Afghanistan—or of an...

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Iran at the crossroads

Iran at the crossroads

Author/editor: Saikal, A.

Year published: 2016

In this incisive analysis, Amin Saikal, a leading expert on Iranian politics, traces Iran s transition from pro-Western monarchy to Islamic Republic and explores the choices open to Rouhani s moderate reformist government. The Islamic Republic has endured a difficult journey throughout its...

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The Arab World and Iran: A Turbulent Region in Transition

The Arab World and Iran: A Turbulent Region in Transition

Author/editor: Saikal, A.

Year published: 2016

This volume focuses on interpreting the changing domestic and regional dynamics in the Arab world and Iran. Its chapters discuss an array of countries, events, actors, and issues - from an examination of the Arab Spring and the Tunisian democratic transition, to an exploration of the role of Saudi-...

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Weak States, Strong Societies: Power and Authority in the new world order,

Weak States, Strong Societies: Power and Authority in the new world order,

Author/editor: Saikal, A. (ed).

Year published: 2016

Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the previously well-established organisation of world politics has been thrown into disarray. While during the Cold War, the bipolarity of the world gave other powers a defined structure within which to vie for power,...

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Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

Democracy and Reform in the Middle East and Asia: Social Protest and Authoritarian Rule After the Arab Spring

Author/editor: Saikal, A., Acharya, A.

Year published: 2013

The protests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa in late 2010 and 2011 confounded long-time observers of the region, in both the media and academia. After addressing the conditions in the Middle East and North Africa that produced these attempts at revolution, Amin Saikal and Amitav...

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Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival

Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival

Author/editor: Saikal, A.

Year published: 2012

Afghanistan's recent history is a sad one: Soviet invasion in 1979; Pakistan-backed internal conflict in the 1980s; the Taliban regime; and then the US invasion and the multi-national occupation after the events of 11 September 2001. Why does Afghanistan remain so vulnerable to domestic instability...

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The Afghanistan conflict and Australia's role

The Afghanistan conflict and Australia's role

Author/editor: Saikal, A

Year published: 2011

"The volume tackles a number of critical dimensions of the Afghan conflict from a range of perspectives. It essentially explains the nature and complexity of the conflict at national and international levels. It makes a critical assessment of the performance of President Hamid Karzai and his...

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The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule

The Rise and Fall of the Shah: Iran from Autocracy to Religious Rule

Author/editor: Saikal, A

Year published: 2009

On November 4, 1979, when students occupied the American Embassy in Tehran and subsequently demanded that the United States return the Shah in exchange for hostages, the deposed Iranian ruler's regime became the focus of worldwide scrutiny and controversy. But, as Amin Saikal shows, this was far...

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Islamic Perspectives on the New Millennium

Islamic Perspectives on the New Millennium

Author/editor: Virginia Hooker, Saikal A

Year published: 2004

The early years of the twenty-first century have been characterized by a sense of widespread anxiety and fear because of the violent activities of groups of terrorists who claim they act in the name of Islam. Their acts of terrorism, viewed by a majority in the Muslim world as crimes which must be...

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Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival 2004

Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival 2004

Author/editor: Saikal, A

Year published: 2004

Amin Saikal provides a new approach to understanding a region which is now at the center of international attention. Pushed to the forefront of world politics by the Soviet invasion of 1979, followed by murderous civil war in the 1980s, and then the establishment of the Taliban regime that resulted...

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