JEWS AND POWER
Ruth R. Wisse (Nextbook, Schocken, 2007)
Harvard University’s Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Lit-erature, Ruth R. Wisse, explores the Jewish relationship to power across Jewish history in Israel and the Diaspora, particu-larly the Jewish trend towards “moral solipsism” and the “poli-tics of accommodation.” She also explores the effects of anti-Semitism on Jewish politics, on liberal democracies in general, and on anti-Semitic regimes.
THE TRUTH ABOUT SYRIA
Barry Rubin (Pelgrave Macmillan, 2007)
Professor Barry Rubin, MERIA Editor and Director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center, investigates the motivations behind the Syrian government’s policies and their effects on global politics.
CHURCHILL’S PROMISED LAND: ZIOMISM AND STATECRAFT
Michael Makovsky (Yale University Press, 2007)
Dr. Michael Makovsky, a recipient of a Ph.D. in Diplomatic History from Harvard University, explores the role that Zion-ism played in the political thought of Winston Churchill. He traces the development of Churchill’s worldview, political strategies, and attitude towards Zionism across his career.
ISLANDS OF AGREEMENT: MANAGING ENDURING ARMED RIVALRIES
Gabriella Blum (Harvard University Press, 2007)
Through case studies of protracted conflicts between Pakistan and India, Turkey and Greece, and Israel and Lebanon, Assis-tant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School Gabriella Blum expounds a strategy involving the creation of limited areas of peace and prosperity amid bitter fighting. She argues that in cases where wholesale conflict prevention or resolution may be impossible, “islands of agreement” reduce suffering and pave the way toward broader accords.