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Book Review: “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?”

May 15, 2017

Reviewed by: Millie Radovic   The term ‘Counter-Insurgency’, also known as COIN, has in the post-9/11 era become synonymous with Afghanistan. Nearing its sixteenth year, the NATO-led campaign to defeat the Taliban insurgency that followed the US invasion in 2001, is not short of critical literature. In Metin Gurcan’s What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?, the author tackles … Continue reading “Book Review: “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?””


Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh

December 3, 2015

Reviewed by: Bradley Lineker & Samar Batrawi   Efraim Karsh. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East. London & New York: Bloomsbury/ Continuum, 2015. ISBN: 978-14-72-91046-2. Pp. 236. Hardcover. £21.99. The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East is the latest book from Efraim Karsh, professor of political … Continue reading “Review: 'The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East' by Efraim Karsh”


Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work

July 15, 2015

By Samar Batrawi and Bradley Lineker: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. New York, USA: Harper Collins., 2015. Pages: 288. $14.99 (hardback). ISBN: 9780062333957 Recent discourse on Islamic radicalisation and extremism has placed increased emphasis on the role of violence supposedly inherent within Islamic scripture. Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s recent book Heretic: Why Islam Needs … Continue reading “Revisiting the ‘Islamic Reformation’: Why Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s approach will not work”


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