Routledge has just published Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh’s latest book with Dr Kylie Baxter from the University of Melbourne on “Crisis Zone: Politics and International Relations in the Middle East.” The book is available for purchase from the Routledge website. Further details are available below:


The contemporary Middle East has been defined by political crises and conflict. The interplay of internal and external factors have set the region on a path of turmoil and crisis with devastating outcomes for its people. The absence of political accountability and representation, and policies pursued by the United States to keep US-friendly regimes in power have been two key factors that have contributed to the seemingly insoluble Middle East politics.

This book provides a detailed exploration of the forces, internal and external, that have shaped today’s Middle East. The book follows a chronological order and provides context to major political milestones.

Topics explored include:

• Imperialism in the Middle East

• The formation of the State of Israel

• The Arab–Israeli wars

• Palestinian politics and the failure of the ‘peace process’

• The Iranian Revolution and pan-Shi’ism

• Superpowers in the Middle East

• The US-led ‘War on Terror’

• The Arab uprisings

• The Syrian War and the rise of the ‘Islamic State’

• US–Iran relations

This study puts recent developments in historical context, and will serve as a core reference tool for students and researchers of Middle Eastern Politics and International Relations


November 3rd, 2018

Trump and Middle East Conference

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh convened the biennial Middle East Studies Forum conference, examining Trump and the Middle East (Deakin University, Australia).  […]

August 27th, 2018

Iran gains ground as the Middle East descends into chaos

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh gave a paper at the World Congress of Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) on Iran.

August 2nd, 2018

New article in the Sydney Morning Herald – Trump’s real Iran agenda: regime change on the cheap

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh published an OpEd in the Sydney Morning Herald on President Trump’s regime change agenda in Iran. Read […]

July 26th, 2018

New OpEd – How Trump has made Iran’s Rouhani a Hostage of the Hardliners

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh published a new piece on Informed Comment on the impact that Trump’s foreign policy is having on […]

July 9th, 2018

New book: Crisis Zone: Politics and International Relations in the Middle East

Routledge has just published Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh’s latest book with Dr Kylie Baxter from the University of Melbourne on “Crisis […]

June 26th, 2018

Wesley College hosts Model United Nations

This week Professor Akbarzadeh played the role of UN Secretary General at the UN Association Model UN conference hosted by […]

June 5th, 2018

Forthcoming lecture: Diplomatic Success or Defective Deal? Untangling the Iran Nuclear Plan

Professor Akbarzadeh will be giving an invited talk at the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Melbourne on Tuesday June 19. The […]

May 28th, 2018

New Chapter: The lure of Islamism in Central Asia

Professor Akbarzadeh has published a new chapter in the Springer Handbook of Contemporary Islam and Muslim Lives on Islamism in […]

May 23rd, 2018

Middle East Studies Forum panel on US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal

MESF hosted a public panel event on May 23 at which Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh and Dr Dara Conduit discussed the […]