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America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
America's Great Game
The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Hardcover      ISBN: 046501965x
"From the 9/11 attacks to waterboarding to drone strikes, relations between the United States and the Middle East seem caught in a downward spiral. And all too often, the Central Intelligence Agency has made the situation worse. But this crisis was not a historical inevitability-far from it. Indeed, the earliest generation of CIA operatives was actually the region's staunchest western ally. In America's Great Game, celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA's pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency's three most influential-and colorful-officers in the Middle East. Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt was the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and the first head of CIA covert action in the region; his cousin, Archie Roosevelt, was a Middle East scholar and chief of the Beirut station. The two Roosevelts joined combined forces with Miles Copeland, a maverick covert operations specialist who had joined the American intelligence establishment during World War II. With their deep knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs, the three men were heirs to an American missionary tradition that engaged Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy. Yet they were also fascinated by imperial intrigue, and were eager to play a modern rematch of the "Great Game," the nineteenth-century struggle between Britain and Russia for control over central Asia. Despite their good intentions, these "Arabists" propped up authoritarian regimes, attempted secretly to sway publicopinion in America against support for the new state of Israel, and staged coups that irrevocably destabilized the nations with which they empathized. Their efforts, and ultimate failure, would shape the course of U.S.-Middle Eastern relations for decades to come. Based on a vast array of declassified government records, private papers, and personal interviews, America's Great Game tells the riveting story of the merry band of CIA officers whose spy games forever changed U.S. foreign policy. "--
The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the Un in the Era of American World Power
The Best Intentions
Kofi Annan and the Un in the Era of American World Power
Hardcover      ISBN: 0374182205
Analyzes the dramatically intertwined history of Kofi Annan, the United Nations, and American foreign policy from 1992 to the present in an in-depth assessment of Annan's tenure as secretary-general of the United Nations. 40,000 first printing.
Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
Crescent and Star
Turkey Between Two Worlds
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0374528667
Examining the glories of its past and its hopes for the future, the author explores Turkey's unrealized potential as a nation poised between Europe and Asia.
Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic: Regional Dynamics in a Global World
Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic
Regional Dynamics in a Global World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415734452
Written by a group of leading experts on Artic affairs, this book offers a historically informed and comprehensive study of the geopolitics and security challenges of the Arctic. The key aim of the work is to identify the conditions for cooperation, stability and peace in the Arctic and to reach beyond simple description and expectation in order to explore in depth some of the main factors that will determine the future of international relations in the Arctic. Furthermore, it addresses key topics such as the geopolitical significance of the Arctic, the importance of oil and gas resources in the Arctic, and it questions what the main characteristics of governance in the Arctic are, and how institutions and regimes can promote stability and security in the region. The volume maintains three layers of focus. The first relates to Russia, the biggest stakeholder in the Artic. The second relates to the dynamics within the Arctic and the third layer relates to developments outside the region, highlighting that we cannot understand the Arctic in isolation from global developments such as energy markets, security conflicts and NATO-Russian antagonism. This book will be of much interest to students of Arctic politics, security studies, geopolitics, Russian and Scandinavian politics, and international relations in general.
The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
The Impossible Will Take a Little While
A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
Paperback      ISBN: 0465041663
From classic stories to original contributions, fifty inspirational essays from writers around the world offer a message of hope in the face of difficult times, with writings from such luminaries as Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, and many more. Original. 50,000 first printing.
Obama y el imperio / Obama and the Empire
Obama y el imperio / Obama and the Empire
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 1921700009
Fidel Castro discusses Barack Obama, the eleventh US president to confront the reality of the Cuban revolution, reviewing a wide range of political issues including the global financial crisis, climate change and the environmental crisis, Washington's orientation to Latin America, and the continued US occupation of the Guantanamo naval base.
Who Rules the World?
Who Rules the World?
Hardcover      ISBN: 162779381x
"The world's leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy--diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable--the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please. Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky"--
Who Rules the World?
Who Rules the World?
Paperback      ISBN: 1250131081
The world’s leading intellectual offers a probing examination of the waning American Century, the nature of U.S. policies post-9/11, and the perils of valuing power above democracy and human rights In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from the expanding drone assassination program to the threat of nuclear warfare, as well as the flashpoints of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Israel/Palestine, he offers unexpected and nuanced insights into the workings of imperial power on our increasingly chaotic planet. In the process, Chomsky provides a brilliant anatomy of just how U.S. elites have grown ever more insulated from any democratic constraints on their power. While the broader population is lulled into apathy—diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable—the corporations and the rich have increasingly been allowed to do as they please. Fierce, unsparing, and meticulously documented, Who Rules the World? delivers the indispensable understanding of the central conflicts and dangers of our time that we have come to expect from Chomsky.
Africa in Global International Relations: Emerging Approaches to Theory and Practice
Africa in Global International Relations
Emerging Approaches to Theory and Practice
Paperback      ISBN: 1138909815
Recent scholarship in International Relations (IR) has started to study the meaning and implications of a non-Western world. With this comes the need for a new paradigm of IR theory that is more global, open, inclusive, and able to capture the voices and experiences of both Western and non-Western worlds. This book investigates why Africa has been marginalised in IR discipline and theory and how this issue can be addressed in the context of the emerging Global IR paradigm. To have relevance for Africa, a new IR theory needs to be more inclusive, intellectually negotiated and holistically steeped in the African context. In this innovative volume, each author takes a critical look at existing IR paradigms and offers a unique perspective based on the African experience. Following on from Amitav Acharya and Barry Buzan’s work, Non-Western International Relations Theory, it develops and advances non-Western IR theory and the idea of Global IR. This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of African politics, international relations, IR theory and comparative politics.
The Ambassador: Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat
The Ambassador
Inside the Life of a Working Diplomat
Hardcover      ISBN: 1933102160
A biography of a job rather than of an individual, this profile follows Jan Eliasson as he performs his duties as Sweden's ambassador to the US. After attending policy meetings with the ambassador and watching him give speeches, host receptions and interact with other diplomats, Shaw, senior correspondent and vice president for Market News International, explains the ways diplomacy shapes global political debates and influences international relations. Distributed by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)