January 10, 2021

Voices on Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Here's a roundup of four pieces which have appeared in the the media recently about the book Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (click for full preview), by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, now available through Amazon.com. As of this week, we are pleased to report that, as of May 11, this book is ranking #80 for sales in two categories on Amazon.com:     Number #80 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & … [Read more...]

What We Can Learn from Communist Eastern Europe About Contemporary American Life


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              … [Read more...]

Reading Ahmadinejad in Riga


This article is published on PajamasMedia. The full text is printed here for your convenience.There’s nothing like having to explain a complex subject to people to improve one’s own understanding of the issues. And when you must tailor the briefing for a specific cultural and historical background, this new angle is also conducive to learning more. Whenever I have to give a talk I learn something new.So here are a few things that having to explain the Middle East to a group of serious … [Read more...]

Some Wisdom on How to Deal With An Economic Crisis


This article was published on PajamasMedia. If you wish to reprint it please link to PajamasMedia. The text is provided here for your convenience.I'm in Riga, Latvia today, where my grandfather was born and my great-grandparents lived. It is a charming city and I hope to write more about it later. But I wanted to share with you a little story that you might find relevant. Whether or not you know it, Latvia has gone through one of the most difficult economic situations of any European country, … [Read more...]