IN THE LION’S DEN
Inside America’s ColdWar with Asad’s Syria
Vast,inscrutable,unpredictable,Syria hastraditionally been the toughest nut to crack inthe Middle East peace process.After 9/11 andDamascus’ opposition to the War in Iraq,Washington decided it had had enough,andbegan a quiet campaign against Asad’s regime.There were no western journalists oracademics based in Damascus during thisperiod – except for Andrew Tabler.In theLion’s Den tells the unique story of the warno-one knew about as seen from the inside.As Tabler negotiates his way through thelabyrinth of Syrian politics,where nothing is asit seems,and no-one says what they mean,welearn how the country works,and how thesignature events in Washington’s attempts tocreate a ‘New Middle East’ – sanctions,meetings with opposition groups,support forIsrael’s 2006 bombing campaign in Lebanon – played out in the corridors of power inDamascus.Part exposé,part vivid narrativeaccount,
In the Lion’s Den
is an essentialintroduction to modern Syria.
272 PAGES 216 X 134MM DECEMBER 20109781848851474 HARDBACK £17.99
SHOCKED AND AWED
How the War onTerror and Jihad haveChanged the EnglishLanguage
late of LSE
Far more than just a military conflict,the ‘Waron Terror’ has been a struggle over values andmeanings,a desperate contest for hearts andminds in which language has become thebattlefield.In this highly original book,FredHalliday takes us on a tour of this new war-zone,its artillery and trenches,minefields andbooby-traps.Drawing on years of painstakingcollation,Halliday shows how the ‘War onTerror’ has brought us not just new words,such as ‘Gitmo’,and new imports,such as‘jihad’,but also new ways of using existinglanguage,such as ‘extraordinary rendition’.Scanning the pock-marked semanticlandscape of the post 9/11 world,he uncovershidden twists of phrasing and wordassociations,which in themselves tell a storyabout the violent clash of ideologies that hasmarked the opening of the 21st century.Partindispensable reference,part polemic,partentertaining snapshot of our times,
Shocked and Awed
is a bristling arsenal of the 21stcentury’s most potent weapons:words.
320 PAGES 216 X 134MM SEPTEMBER 20109781848850316 PAPERBACK £12.99
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS
This detailed, well-researched...account is uncompromising in its conclusions –
see page 3
The Internet andPolitics in Iran
University of Westminster
The Islamic Republic of Iran – of all places – has become a hub of cyber activity.It has anestimated 700,000 bloggers.The Internet iscelebrated as an agent of social change incountries like Iran,where censorship isprevalent,but most literature on the subjecthas struggled to grasp what this newphenomenon actually means.In what waysdoes the Internet function differently to printculture? Are we seeing the construction of anew kind of public sphere? Will the Iranianblogosphere create a culture of dissidence,which eventually overpowers the Islamistregime? In this groundbreaking work,theauthors give a flavour of contemporaryInternet culture in Iran,and analyse how thisnew form of communication is affecting thesocial and political life of the country.
offers a new reading of Iranianpolitics,and a new conceptual framework forunderstanding the politics of the Internet,with major implications for China,the widerMiddle East and beyond.
240 PAGES 216 X 134MM NOVEMBER 20109781845116064 HARDBACK £45.009781845116071 PAPERBACK £14.99INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRANIAN STUDIES,VOL.18
A NEW A-Z OF INTERNATIONALRELATIONS THEORY
International Relations is the multi-disciplinary and heterogeneous study whichgoes to the heart of relations between statesand international organisations embracinginternational politics,economics,politicaleconomy,diplomatic and international history.This book features over 250 alphabeticalentries covering the most important and thelatest cutting-edge theory from anarchy toworld systems theory.Entries includescholars,writers,concepts,principal debates,argumentation,theories,leading schools of thought,states,international bodies,conflictsand war,treaties and alliances.The coverage isglobal and comprehensive with substantialcross-referencing,and the extensive indexserves as a major reference tool enablingreaders to pick up additional importantsubjects from the main alphabetical entries.Clear and concise writing cuts through eventhe most opaque theoretical subjects and theresult is an essential reference guide.
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Tackling the Threatto our Planet’s mostPrecious Resource
King’sCollege,University of London
The world’s resources are limited.And nonemore so than water:almost half the world'spopulation lives in water-stressed areas.Howwill the world's water resources cope as thepopulation increases and climate changeaffects the planet? What can be done?World water expert Tony Allan shows theway.Using the concept of virtual water hereveals the real impact of our modernlifestyle upon this precious resource.Behindthat morning coffee lie 140 litres of water,used in growing,producing,packaging andshipping the beans.In fact all goods we buy – from food to computers – have a watercost,in the form of virtual water andProfessor Allan shows how,armed withknowledge from the powerful virtual waterconcept,you as an individual,andgovernments globally,can manage waterresources in a more sustainable and planet-friendly way.
256 PAGES 216 X 134MM NOVEMBER 2010978 1 84511 983 6 HARDBACK £35.00978 1 84511 948 3 PAPERBACK £12.99
Conflict Ahead inArctic Waters
The Arctic:land of ice and the six-month day;enduring source of romance and mystery – and now also a poignant and unavoidableindicator of the impact of climate change.Asthe ice cap shrinks,the geography of theentire Arctic region changes:clear shippingchannels replace immovable ice andinaccessible oil resources become available.What will be the long-term consequences of these cataclysmic changes – not onlyenvironmental but also social and political?
is more than just another attemptto predict the outcome of global warming.Instead it offers a clear-sighted andpenetrating investigation of the Arctic’spivotal role in international relations,placingthe polar region in its historical,political andlegal context.The thawing of the ice-capcreates huge opportunities for trade andtransport – and therefore also for conflictbetween the Arctic nations.Thus
will be essential reading for anyone interestedin humanity’s effect on the Arctic – or theArctic’s effect on humanity.
288 PAGES 216 X 134MM AUGUST 20109781848853843 HARDBACK £18.99