What Is Russia Up To In The Middle East? by Dmitri Trenin

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The eyes of the world are on the Middle East.  Today more than ever, this deeply troubled region is the center of power games between major global players vying or international influence.  Absent from this scene for the past quarter century, Russia is now back with gusto.  Yet its motivations, decision-making processes, and strategic objectives remain hard to pin down.

So just what is Russia up to in the Middle East?  In this hard-hitting essay, leading analyst of Russian affairs Dmitri Trenin cuts through the hyperbole to offer a clear and nuanced analysis of Russia’s involvement in the Middle East and its regional and global ramifications.  Russia, he argues, cannot and will not supplant the United States as the leading external power in the region, but its actions are accelerating changes that will fundamentally reshape the international system in the next two decades. 

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Cream Buns And Crime by Robin Stevens

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Daisy and Hazel invite you to discover their untold stories …

Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for solving murder mysteries.  But there are many other intrigues in the pages of Hazel’s casebook, from the spooky Case of the Deepdean Vampire, to the baffling Case of the Blue Violet, and their very first whodunit: The Case of Lavinia’s Missing Tie.

This collection is packed with brilliant mini-mysteries, including stories about rival detectives, the Junior Pinkertons, and honorary Detective Society members, Beanie and Kitty.  Peppered with puzzles, facts and tips on detecting, this is the perfect book for budding sleuths and fans of the award-winning, bestselling Murder Most Unladylike series.  

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Is Islam An Enemy Of The West? by Tamara Sonn

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New York, Washington, Madrid, London, Paris, and Brussels – the list of Western cities targeted by radical Islamic terrorists waging global jihad continues to grow.  Does this extreme violence committed in the name of Islam point to a fundamental enmity between the Muslim faith and the West?

In this compelling essay, leading authority on Islam Tamara Sonn argues that whilst the West has many enemies among Muslims, it is politics not religion that informs their grievances.  The longer these demands remain frustrated, the more violence has escalated and recruitment to groups like Islamic State has increased.  Far from fuelling the spread of Islamic extremism, Western military intervention has helped to turn nationalist movements into radical terrorist groups with international agendas.  Islam, Sonn concludes, is not the problem, just as war is not the solution.   

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