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.
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
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