Edited Volumes & Monographs

Edited Volumes:

Vol. 61, No. 3 (Summer 2018)


Guest coeditor w/Tally Helfont, Special Issue of Orbis, Vol. 61, No. 3 (Summer 2018).


Editor’s Corner Summer 2018

    • Tally Helfont & Samuel Helfont

Mapping Today’s Jihadi Landscape and Threat

    • Colin P. Clarke & Assaf Moghadam

Assessing the Future Threat: ISIS’s Virtual Caliphate

    • Mia Bloom & Chelsea L. Daymon

Immunizing Iraq Against al-Qaeda 3.0

    • Frank R. Gunter

An Arab Option for Iraq

    • Samuel Helfont

Stability in Syria: What Would it Take to Make it Happen?

    • Benedetta Berti

Iran’s Hezbollah Model in Iraq and Syria: Fait Accompli?

    • Brandon Friedman

A More Forward Role for the Gulf States? Combatting Terrorism at Home and Abroad

    • Tally Helfont

Beyond Kinetic Operations: A Road Map to Success in Syria and Iraq

    • Nada Bakos

A Weary Hercules: The United States and the Fertile Crescent in a Post-Caliphate Era

    • Dominic Tierney

Extended Research Institute Monographs:

Foreign Policy Research Institute, 2009

(Philadelphia: Foreign Policy Research Institute, 2009) – 69 pp.

-Reviewed in the journal, American Diplomacy (Jan. 2010).

-Reviewed in Egyptian daily, Rose al-Yusuf, (Nov. 2009) (in Arabic).

Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a bloody conflict broke out between Iraq’s Sunnis and Shias. This conflict has led some observers to see the entire region through the prism of the age-old Sunni-Shia struggle. However, dividing the Middle East along sectarian lines is not an accurate way to assess the loyalties or predict the actions of various regional actors. Divisions within Sunni Islamism run deep and are extremely important, both to the regional balance of power and to the United States’ efforts to combat terrorism. In fact, the division that will shape the future of Arab politics is not between Sunnis and Shia but among various understandings of Sunni Islamism.

The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, 2009

(Tel Aviv: The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University Press, 2009) – 162 pp.

-Reviewed in a leading Kuwaiti daily, al-Rai (March 7, 2011) (in Arabic).

Yusuf al-Qaradawi is one of the most influential Islamic scholars living in the Middle East today. Though classically trained in Islamic studies at al-Azhar, his religious and political thought has been heavily influenced by modernity. This book provides a thorough examination of al-Qaradawi’s views on science, mass media, jihad, international relations, democracy, and feminism. In doing so it analyzes the way increased education, mass communication, and migration have changed the way al-Qaradawi and his Muslims followers perceive their religion.

The findings are based on hundreds of fatwas, sermons, and interviews in the Arab media, and on relevant secondary sources, both in English and Arabic. At the time of publication, no in-depth work of this length had been published on al-Qaradawi in English.