L. Carl Brown

Capsule Review
May/June
2012
L. Carl Brown

This is a history equally of Algeria and France, as it must be.

Capsule Review
May/June
2012
L. Carl Brown

Rashid presents Pakistan as a failing state with an irresponsible civilian leadership and a military fixated on threats from India.

Capsule Review
May/June
2012
L. Carl Brown

Lynch, an Arabist and blogger, and Bishara, a political analyst at Al Jazeera English, have both written informed and engaging accounts of the uprisings that have brought down four regimes (in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen), been resisted by two others (in Bahrain and Syria), and shaken the entire Arab world.

Capsule Review
May/June
2012
L. Carl Brown

Rabinovich, an eminent Israeli scholar and diplomat, paints a picture of the domestic and foreign policy crosscurrents confronting all the parties and inhibiting momentum toward peace.

Capsule Review
May/June
2012
L. Carl Brown

Parsi argues that there is still a chance for diplomacy to allow the United States and Iran to break out of their “institutionalized enmity.”

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2012
L. Carl Brown

This book brings together American, European, and Turkish experts on such diverse subjects as “reclaiming Turkey’s imperial past,” the country’s move “from confrontation to engagement” in the Middle East, Turkey’s relations with its Black Sea neighbors, Turkish energy policy (including pipelines being planned or built), and Turkey as a possible model of democratization for other Muslim polities.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2012
L. Carl Brown

Ten seasoned experts take their turns describing the changes wrought by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and the changes still under way, nine years into the post–Saddam Hussein era.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2012
L. Carl Brown

This is the most thorough telling of the story of Ahmad Chalabi, the scion of an upper-class Shiite Iraqi family who spent most of his life in exile but played a significant role in convincing the administration of George W. Bush to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2012
L. Carl Brown

Eighteen authors cover the events that have roiled the Arab World since December 2010, when a despairing peddler from a town in the Tunisian hinterland set himself aflame to protest his treatment at the hands of an oppressive government.

Capsule Review
Mar/Apr
2012
L. Carl Brown

Steele, a veteran foreign correspondent for The Guardian, frames this exploration of the past three decades in Afghanistan by comparing the intervention of the Soviet Union in the 1980s with that of the United States in the first decade of this century.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2012
L. Carl Brown

Was there ever a strategic triangle linking Israel, Turkey, and the United States? If so, has it become troubled? Those questions are addressed in this useful volume by experts on the foreign policies of the three countries and the domestic politics that shape those foreign policies.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2012
L. Carl Brown

With a fine objectivity, Reynolds draws on both Ottoman and Russian sources and reveals how the actions and attitudes of the two declining empires shaped the post-imperial paths of Turkey and the Soviet Union.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2012
L. Carl Brown

This elaborate mosaic of contending leaders, armies, peoples, and ideologies is the most comprehensive history available of the Crimean War.

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2012
L. Carl Brown

Cook concludes that although Egypt’s future remains very much in doubt, the United States should “take a hands-off approach as Egyptians build a new political system on their own terms.”

Capsule Review
Jan/Feb
2012
L. Carl Brown

This big book details the diverse conflicts that shaped the decade after 9/11: not only the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq but also Europe’s struggles with jihadist terrorism and the uneasy U.S.-Pakistani relationship.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2011
L. Carl Brown

The experts collected here appraise U.S. policy toward the vast array of countries from the Maghreb to Afghanistan, covering essentially the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency and comparing his performance and policies with those of his predecessor.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2011
L. Carl Brown

In a long career covering this troubled region, Wright has consistently pictured its politics as more nuanced and more positive than most other observers. Rock the Casbah continues in that tradition.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2011
L. Carl Brown

Although different in style and subject, these two books reach a similar conclusion: only a two-state solution can secure an Israel that is both Jewish and democratic.

Capsule Review
Nov/Dec
2011
L. Carl Brown

Both books will help readers more clearly see Pakistan in all its complexity.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2011
L. Carl Brown

This worthy addition to that distinctive genre of books written by political leaders still in office is part autobiography, part political history.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2011
L. Carl Brown

Atatürk does not lack for biographers, most of whose books are adulatory, but none has so thoroughly brought to life the ideological climate that molded the man as has Hanioglu.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2011
L. Carl Brown

This book, one in a U.S. Institute of Peace series on cross-cultural negotiations, sets out how Pakistan’s distinctive history, geography, and political culture have shaped its approach to negotiating with the United States.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2011
L. Carl Brown

A devotee of statistical analysis, Fish has made a real, and largely successful, effort to make his findings accessible to the innumerate.

Capsule Review
Sept/Oct
2011
L. Carl Brown

This dense little book, a fact-filled account of Israel and the Palestinians since the June 1967 war, treats not peace-process politics but actual developments on the ground.

Capsule Review
May/June
2011
L. Carl Brown

Nusseibeh, president of Al-Quds University, in Jerusalem, and a scion of an eminent Palestinian Muslim family, has long championed a peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. Here, he probes how the Israelis and the Palestinians can reach that goal.