Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Books @ the library

Zuhur, Sherifa. A hundred Osamas: Islamist Threats and the Future of Counterinsurgency. Carlisle, PA. : Strategic Studies Institute, 2005. (HV 6432 .Z84 2005).

If America's pursuit of a Global War on Terror is strategically and politically well-grounded, then why are Islamist insurgencies and extremist movements continuing to operate, generating parallel cells that terrify the world with violent attacks from Iraq to London? While analysts debate the intensity and longevity of the latest round of terrorist attacks, we would do well to consider whether U.S. long-term goals in the war on terror -- namely diminishing their presence and denying terrorists the ability to operate, while also altering conditions that terrorists exploit -- are being met. If we are not pursuing the proper strategy or its implementation is not decreasing support for terrorists, then we should adapt accordingly. This monograph addresses these questions and examines the efficacy of proposed or operative strategies in light of the evolution of Islamist jihadist leaders, ideas, and foot-soldier.

Zuhur, Sherifa. Gender, Sexuality and the Criminal Laws in the Middle East and North Africa: A comparative study. Istanbul, Turkey : WWHR - New Ways, 2005. (HQ 1236.5 .A65 Z85 2005)

A look at how women are treated in the laws of the Middle East and North Africa.

Zuhur, Sherifa. Hamas and Israel: Conflicting Strategies of Group-Based Politics. Carlisle, PA : U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute, 2008. (DS 119.76 .Z84 2008)

"This monograph considers the changing fortunes of the Palestinian movement, HAMAS, and the recent outcomes of Israeli strategies aimed against this group and Palestinian nationalism external to the Fatah faction of the Palestinian Authority. The example of HAMAS challenges much of the current wisdom on "insurgencies" and their containment. As the author, Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, demonstrates, efforts have been made to separate HAMAS from its popular support and network of social and charitable organizations. These have not been effective in destroying the organization, nor in eradicating the will to resist among a fairly large segment of the Palestinian population. It is important to consider this Islamist movement in the context of a region-wide phenomenon of similar movements with local goals, which can be persuaded to relinquish violence, or which could move in the opposite direction, becoming more violent. Certainly an orientation to HAMAS and its base must be factored into new and more practical and effective approaches to peacemaking. At the same time, HAMAS offers a fascinating instance of the dynamics of strategic reactions, and the modification of Israeli impulses towards aggressive deterrence, as well as evolution in the Islamist movements' planning and operations. As well, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict bears similarities to a long-standing civil conflict, even as it has sparked inter-Palestinian hostilities in its most recent phase. The need for informed and critical discussion of the future of Islamism in the region continues today. We offer this monograph to those who wish to consider this particular aspect of the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict"--Foreword.

Zuhur, Sherifa D. Iraq, Women’s Empowerment, and Public Policy. Carlisle Barracks, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2006. (HQ 1240.5 .I72 Z84 2006)

“In this monograph, Dr. Sherifa Zuhur examines some of the difficulties that attend policy formatulation on women in the Iraqui context. Iraqi women have identified the security situation and basic services as their top priorities. Beyond these, the issues and contours of family law are explained, as the future of family law in emerging Iraq is as yet undetermined.” -- Foreword.

Zuhur, Sherifa. The Middle East: Politics, History and Neonationalism. Cleveland: Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Diasporic Studies, 2005. (DS 62.8 .Z84 2005).

Sherifa Zuhur examines the Middle East countries of Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, and Iraq. She uses her experience to examine the national ideologies, customs, policies, and conflicts in the area.

Riberiro, Antonio Pinto, ed. Can There be Life without the Other? Manchester, England: 2009. (HM 1211 .C37 2009)

A volume in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s conference series, this book examines the issues that must be discussed to create a peaceful co-existence between divergent cultures.

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