Complete Idiot's Guide to World Conflicts

Complete Idiot's Guide to World Conflicts

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For many Americans in the aftermath of September 11th there seems to be heightened awareness of religious, ethnic, and political unrest around the world, and particularly in those conflicts that have had and will continue to have some impact on American society. Considering that the United States is the sole superpower and often the world's policeman, those conflicts are many. Of the books on the market that attempt to analyze various conflicts around the world, almost all of them have a professorial, academic take on the issues and are limited to those conflicts in a given region or that share a common relationship.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 186.9 x 232.7 x 19.8mm | 567g
  • Dorling Kindersley Ltd
  • Alpha
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0028643666
  • 9780028643663

Table of contents

I. THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. 1. The World at War. It's a Small World After All. War Today. War--What Is It Good For? All We Are Saying. 2. East Is East and West Is West. Islam. Afghanistan Ho! Fatwa This! Understanding bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. The Embassy and Cole Bombings. Never the Twain Shall Meet? 3. The Middle East Mess. A Long Time Ago, in a Land Far, Far Away. Enter the Muslims. Zionism. Birth of a Nation. The Suez War. The Six-Day War. The Yom Kippur War. Peace in Our Time. The Campaign in Lebanon. The Intifada. Onto Oslo. 4. A Wreck Called Iraq. Don't Know Much About History. The Rise of Islam. The Times, They Are A-Changin'. The Iran-Iraq War. The Mother of All Battles. Iraq Since the Persian Gulf War. 5. Never-Never Land: Kurdistan. The Kurds of Kurdistan. Should They Stay or Should They Go? The Birth of Modern Conflict. The Kurds of Iraq. Iran and the Kurds. What's Gone Wrong? Is There a Solution? 6. Hotspots in Northern Africa. A Sudan Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand. The Civil War Era. Egypt's Troubles. The Nasser Years. Sadat Takes Over. The Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism. Algeria Has Its Own Problems. II. CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA. 7. Death Around the Horn. Ethiopia. Eritrea Fights for Freedom. Somalia. 8. Insanity in West Africa. Take, Rattle, and Roll. Sierra Leone: Making Kosovo Look Good. Liberia. Senegal. Nigeria. 9. Struggles in Central Africa. The Neverending Angolan Civil War. Genocide in Rwanda. Burundi. The Democratic Republic of Congo. III. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC. 10. All in the Family: North and South Korea. The Korean Conundrum. The Korean War. Subsequent Skirmishes. Are Things Getting Warmer or Colder? New Blood. Summit. 11. Enter the Dragon: China. Who Lost China? China and Taiwan. China and Tibet. The Xinjiang Province. China and Russia. China and the United States. The Old Guard Versus the New Guard. 12. Cain and Abel: India and Pakistan. The Indian Subcontinent. Pakistan Versus India. Act Two. In Concert with Bangladesh. Sikhing Freedom. Nuclear Roulette. What Does the Future Hold? 13. Religious and Ethnic Animosity in Indonesia. The End of Colonialism and the Rise of a Dictator. East Timor Struggles for Independence. Papua, A.K.A. Irian Jaya. The Spice Islands, A.K.A. the Moluccas. Sulawesi. Aceh. Osama and Indonesia. 14. More Asian Atrocities. The Spratly Islands. The Diaoyutai Dispute. The Philippines. Burma's Close Shave with Democracy. Trouble in Paradise. IV. EUROPE. 15. The Balkan Mess. Break Out Your Scorecard. The Great Dictator. The Croatian War. The Siege on Sarajevo. The Dayton Accords. Kosovo. Thankfully, the End. 16. The Russian Bear. Russian History 101. Chechnya. More Crisis in the Caucasus. Russia and the West. 17. Northern Ireland Imbroglio. The Roots of the Problem. The Troubles. The Good Friday Peace Accords. 18. Smoldering European Conflicts. Basque--in the Shadow of Terrorism. Armenia Versus Azerbaijan. Cyprus on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. V. SOUTH AMERICA AND LATIN AMERICA. 19. Colombia in Conflict. A Conflicted History. Guerrilla War. Drugs and Money. Peace Efforts. 20. Hatred in Haiti. Haiti's History. The Duvalier Era: 1957-1986. Election Time. The Return of Aristide. 21. More Latin and South American Standoffs. Castro's Cuba. Peru's Problems. Coup of a Kind. VI. NORTH AMERICA. 22. Life in These United States. A Star Is Born. Fighting the Good Fight. The Fifty-Third Hostage. War by Proxy. The Once and Future King? A Shameful History. 23. Problems for America's Neighbors. Viva Mexico! Stand Up for Your Rights. Oh Canada! 24. Give Peace a Chance. Change Is in the Air. The United Nations. International Humanitarian Law. Going for the Gold. A Noble Prize. Nongovernmental Organizations. Peace in Our Time. Appendix A. Organizations. Appendix B. For More Information. Appendix C. Glossary. Index.show more

About Steven D. Strauss

Steven D. Strauss is a nationally recognized lawyer, author, and political analyst. He is the author of the acclaimed Ask a Lawyer series, published by W.W. Norton & Co. and two works of political nonfiction-The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Impeachment of the President and The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to The Kennedys. A highly sought after political commentator and media guest, Strauss has been featured on Leeza, the O'Reilly Factor, MSNBC, Court TV, and the BBC. He has been a political analyst on over 100 radio talk shows, including the CBS Radio Network and the Talk America Radio Network, and has been featured in Time, USA Today, theNew York Daily News, Investor's Business Daily, and The Los Angeles Times.show more

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