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From Deep State to Islamic State. The Arab Counter-Revolution and its Jihadi Legacy, by Jean-Pierre Filiu
Hurst & Co, Comparative Politics and International Studies, 2015, 328 p.
In his disturbing and timely political history of the ‘Deep State’ in the Middle East, Jean-Pierre Filiu reveals how the autocracies of Syria, Egypt, and Yemen crushed the democratic uprisings of the ‘Arab Revolution’. They did so by turning to the shadowy intelligence agencies and internal security arms of the so-called ‘Deep State’ — emulating strategies pioneered in Kemalist Turkey — who had decades of experience in dealing with internal dissent, as well as to street gangs (the Baltaguiyya in Egypt) or death squads (the Shabbiha in Syria) to enforce their will.
See the book's review in The Economist (August 8th, 2015)
Fragments of an Unfinished War Taiwanese Entrepreneurs and the Partition of China, by Françoise Mengin
Hurst & Co, Comparative Politics and International Studies, 2015, 352 p.
The Republic of China that retreated to Taiwan in 1949 maintains its de facto, if not de jure, independence yet Beijing has consistently refused formally to abandon the idea of reunifying Taiwan with China. As well as growing military pressure, the PRC’s irredentist policy is premised on encouraging cross-Strait economic integration. Responding to preferential measures, Taiwanese industrialists have invested massively in the PRC....
Asmara Klein, Camille Laporte, Marie Saiget (dir.)Maurice Vaïsse, Jean Doise
Critique Internationale, n°67