Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

For more than a century successive US and UK governments have sought to thwart nationalist, socialist and pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. Through the Cold War, the ‘War on Terror’ and the present era defined by the Islamic State, the Western powers have repeatedly manipulated the region’s most powerful actors to ensure the security of their own interests and, in doing so, have given rise to religious politics, sectarian war, bloody counter-revolutions and now one of the most brutal incarnations of Islamic extremism ever seen.

This is the utterly compelling, systematic dissection of Western interference in the Middle East. Christopher Davidson exposes the dark side of our foreign policy – dragging many disturbing facts out into the light for the first time. Most shocking for us today is his assertion that US intelligence agencies continue to regard the Islamic State, like al-Qaeda before it, as a strategic but volatile asset to be wielded against their enemies. Provocative, alarming and unrelenting, Shadow Wars demands to be read – now.

Publishers’ websites: Oneworld / Bloomsbury


Public lectures/launches:

Cambridge Literary Festival – Public lecture

Oxford Literary Festival – Public lecture

Leiden University – Public lecture with audience Q&A on Shadow Wars (video available)

Daoud Family Lecture, Albion College Michigan – Public lecture

Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society – Public lecture / local media

British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) – Public lecture

Reviews, author interviews, and features:

Al-Akhbar – Review: Shadow Wars: a contemporary history of Western counter-revolutions (Arabic)

Christian Science Monitor – Review: Shadow Wars exposes the underlying patterns behind Middle Eastern strife

Global Policy – Review: Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

The Libertarian Institute – Review: Shadow Wars is an explosive new history that documents the rise of ISIS

Kirkus – Review: Shadow Wars

Red Pepper Magazine – Review: Shadow Wars

CHOICE Magazine (American Library Association) – Review: Shadow Wars

The Angry Arab News Service – Review: Shadow Wars

OpenDemocracy – Interview on Shadow Wars / Arabic version

The New Arab – Shadow Wars: How global terror finance networks crushed the Arab Spring