Q&A with Ole R. Holsti, author of American Public Opinion on the Iraq War

by Shaun Manning October 26, 2011

Last week, President Obama announced that nearly all American troops would return from Iraq before the end of 2011; if this withdrawal takes place as planned, it would effectively end a war that has sharply divided public opinion since 2003. American Public Opinion on the Iraq War, then, is especially timely, giving context to the public relations campaigns and partisan conflicts that helped shape how America viewed the conflict.

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Author Dissects Middle East’s Turko-Persian Future in Article

by Trade Marketing February 1, 2011

Mohammed Ayoob, author of The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World, continues to enlighten readers of the Middle East’s political changes in an article published by Foreign Policy, in which the distinguished University professor argues that the “Middle East seems to be inexorably heading toward a Turko-Persian future.” In his book Faces of Political Islam, Ayoob offers a lucid, comprehensive examination of the true relationship between Islam and  global politics. Analysts and pundits from across the American political spectrum describe Islamic fundamentalism as one of the greatest threats to modern, Western-style democracy. Yet very […]

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One side or the other! “No Middle Ground” asks if political parties are creatures of politicians…and vice versa?

by kris bishop December 8, 2009

Book Review: NO MIDDLE GROUND: How Informal Party Organizations Control Nominations and Polarize Legislatures, by Seth Masket I Cloth: 978-0-472-11689-8 Originally published in Public Opinion Quarterly, 11/9/09 by Matthew S. Levendusky, University of Pennsylvania No Middle Ground offers a novel and intriguing theory to explain the polarization in contemporary legislatures: informal party organizations (interest groups, activists, and various political insiders) drive elite polarization via their control over primary elections. Because candidates need the support of activists and party insiders to win primary elections, they adopt extreme positions to appease these individuals. The sources of elite polarization are outside the chamber, […]

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Daily Show With John Stewart: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Co-Author of “The Strategy of Campaigning,” Predicts the Future of Iran’s Nuclear Program

by kris bishop November 11, 2009

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Bruce Bueno de Mesquita Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Crisis   Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is the co-author (with Kiron K. Skinner, Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, and Condoleezza Rice) of University of Michigan Press release The Strategy of Campaigning (2007), which explores the political careers of Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin, two of the most galvanizing and often controversial political figures of our time. Both men overcame defeat early in their political careers and rose to the highest elected offices in their […]

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“The Many Face(book)s of Political Islam”: The fine art of dissent in Iran

by kris bishop June 23, 2009

Mohammed Ayoob, author: The Many Faces of Political Islam: Religion and Politics in the Muslim World “The relationship between the Shia clerics and the Iranian state changed dramatically after the Islamic revolution of 1979. Politically active clerics now became state functionaries and found themselves at the center of political and economic power…Despite the attempt by hard-liners to impose restrictions on the freedom of expression and the press, Iran is a vibrant and politically competitive society that has turned evading such restrictions into a fine art. Newspapers banned one day appear the next day under different names, with the authorities often […]

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