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Europe, the Middle East, and the Global War on Terror

Critical Reflections

Edited By Ondrej Beranek

After 9/11, the (Global) War on Terror started as a military campaign waged against al-Qaeda and other organizations. This campaign was led by the United States though included NATO and a wide assortment of other actors. Originally, it was supposed to last «until every terrorist group of global reach had been found, stopped, and defeated». However, the campaign has been criticized on various grounds by security experts, politicians, scholars, and others. Eventually, Barack Obama and the new US administration declared the War on Terror over. This book deals with various Western perspectives on the campaign and its impacts on the larger Middle East. It includes chapters written by experts on international relations and the Middle East from various institutions (SOAS, University of London; Metropolitan University Prague; Charles University in Prague; and the Institute of International Relations in Prague), all of which gravitate around delving into the complexities of understanding the Global War on Terror and its conclusion.


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Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Reader in Comparative Politics and Interna- tional Relations at SOAS, University of London. Educated at the Universi- ties of Hamburg, American (Washington DC) and Cambridge, he was the first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow in International Relations and Peace Studies at St. Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Rela- tions, University of Oxford. Adib-Moghaddam is the author of The Inter- national Politics of the Persian Gulf: A Cultural Genealogy (Routledge, 2006, 2009), Iran in World Politics: The Question of the Islamic Republic (Columbia University Press, 2008, 2010), A Metahistory of the Clash of Civilisations: Us and Them beyond Orientalism (London/New York: Hurst/Columbia University Press, 2011) and numerous articles which have been translated into over a dozen languages. Belfer, Mitchell A. Mitchell A. Belfer is the founder and Head of the Department of Interna- tional Relations and European Studies at Metropolitan University Prague, Czech Republic, and Editor in Chief of the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS). He holds a Ph.D. and an MPA in International Relations Theory and his academic interests include: alli- ance theory, energy security and European approaches to regional and in- ternational security. He is the author of Alliances and Third Party Interven- tion (Saarbrucken, 2010), Dropping the Anchor: An EU Naval Approach to Energy Security (Prague, 2011), and is a frequent commentator in the Eu- ropean and international press. Ditrych, Ondrej Ondrej Ditrych is a research fellow at the Institute of International Rela- tions in Prague. He...

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