Middle East Studies

Key coverage continues — media outlets ring in on The Occupation of Iraq

With the recent release of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, Ali Allawi’s new publication is getting quite a bit of media attention. In addition to the recent newspaper coverage, Allawi has appeared on venues such as CSPAN’s Book TV and The Charlie Rose Show, as

Continue reading…

Show Notes for Episode 5, “Our World”

Posted by Chris Gondek, Producer/Host of the Yale Press Podcast Although it should not come as a surprise, I am a bit of a news junkie. It would be hard to do these shows if I weren’t. (I am a closet political junkie as well, but I will deny it

Continue reading…

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq. The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi, available now, is the first comprehensive account by an Iraqi insider of the occupation of Iraq and the crises that have followed in its wake. Involved

Continue reading…

Lesch and the Lion

Last Thursday David Lesch, author of The New Lion of Damascus (Yale University Press, 2005), wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post on Syrian president Bashar al-Asad: Syrian President Bashar al-Asad has been a lonely man in international circles of late. Indeed, one of the few Americans with whom

Continue reading…

“America at the Crossroads” in the Limelight

Francis Fukuyama’s new book, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, was featured on the cover of this past weekend’s edition of the New York Times Book Review. “Fukuyama is always worth reading,” the reviewer concludes, “and his new book contains ideas that I hope the non-neoconservatives

Continue reading…

Interview with Matthew Levitt

Matthew Levitt, author of the forthcoming book Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of the Jihad, was interviewed last week by the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations. Levitt, who wrote his book while serving as senior fellow and director of terrorism studies at the Washington Institute for Near

Continue reading…

Kakutani on Fukuyama

In the latest review of America at the Crossroads, Michiko Kakutani writes in the New York Times that Francis Fukuyama, “serves up a powerful indictment of the Bush administration’s war in Iraq and the role that neoconservative ideas — concerning preventive war, benevolent hegemony and unilateral action — played in

Continue reading…

Francis Fukuyama on the Neoconservative Legacy: an Excerpt from America at the Crossroads

(From Chapter 2 of America at the Crossroads by Francis Fukuyama) In the period leading up to and following the Iraq war, an enormous amount of ink was spilled on the subject of neoconservatives and their alleged capture of the Bush administration. The story is endlessly fascinating because it appears

Continue reading…

A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama

An essay adapted from Francis Fukuyama’s new book America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy, was published by the New York Times Magazine this weekend. Fukuyama’s criticism of the Iraq war put him at odds with neoconservative friends both within and outside the Bush administration. Here, Fukuyama

Continue reading…

Books and Body Armor

In an article that appeared on the front page of today’s New York Times, it was reported that officers of the 10th Mountain Division, an elite unit of the U.S. Army to be deployed this month to Afghanistan, will be issued an item one would not immediately expect: in addition

Continue reading…