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Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East

abstract:Last week I was fortunate to have an expert speaker address our standing-room-only audience on the topic of ISIS: Leadership in the Middle East. Weeks following the shocking Hebdo killings in Paris at the hands of radical islamists, our guests were united in the quest to come to terms with the brutality behind the movement that has emerged since the Arab Spring and the protracted civil war in Syria with Western contingents and Middle East countries confusing and shifting alliances. How does the world stop this radicalization, what are the forces behind it, is there hope for a solution?

Graham Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. He followed that career by serving as a senior political scientist at RAND - the California think tank for another decade, and he stands currently as adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University. Having lived in the Middle East (and other related world posts) for two decades his fluency in Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Chinese have together afforded Graham deep insight into...


February 23, 2015
— the history, culture and politics of the area at a level few Westerners achieve. His views are balanced, sensitive and he does not shirk from criticism of past and present policy directed by the US or the West toward the region. His latest book - the subject of this book review - is titled, Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East and it is available via amazon in digital or print format. I see it has been designated a #1 bestseller with reviews extolling its "sober reflection on the rapidly changing political landscape."

If you are looking for an in-depth look at the history of geo-politics, a tutorial on the complexities of the Islamic faith as variously practiced in the region, and a long-term view that posits hope for positive democratic evolution in this troubled area, this book delivers. Not since I read Al-Jazeera: The Inside Story of the Arab News Channel That Is Challenging the West have I felt a closer insight into geo-politics, that are all too often skewed by Western media at complete odds with internal forces at work in the region, and struggling for a voice. After you download and read this book, the next best thing you can do is subscribe to Fuller's blog. We await his March debut into fiction with a story that will likely feel as authentic as Moshin Hamid's excellent novel before this, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Reserve online Breaking Faith: A Novel of Espionage and an Americanís Crisis of Conscience in Pakistan



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