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


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June 30th, 2021

Iran under a conservative president still needs the JCPOA

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh published an opinion article in Al-Jazeera. It can be found here

April 19th, 2021

Prof Akbarzadeh and Prof Ehteshami hosted an international panel of experts on Iran’s nuclear deal

Prof Akbarzadeh and Prof Ehteshami hosted an international panel of experts on Iran’s nuclear deal. ‘JCPoA revival: implications for regional […]

April 16th, 2021

CMSS Webinar: Biden and the Middle East

Ten years since the Arab uprising, widespread public grievances in the Middle East regarding the lack of political representation and […]

February 12th, 2021

UK House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee

In November 2020, MESF Convenor Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh made an invited witness statement to the UK House of Lords International […]

February 12th, 2021

Iran Defends Hosting Taliban Delegation Despite Decades-Old Attacks In Afghanistan

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh recently provided commentary on Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty. Find out more here.

September 27th, 2019

Prof. Akbarzadeh named Australia’s top researcher in Middle East and Islamic Studies

Prof. Shahram Akbarzadeh has been named Australia’s top researcher in Middle East and Islamic Studies for 2019 by The Australian’s […]

May 3rd, 2019

Meeting with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

On 2 May 2019 Professor Akbarzadeh hosted a roundtable discussion at Alfred Deakin Institute with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd […]

April 11th, 2019

Hate speech and Acts of terror

On 8 April 2019 Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh hosted the panel on ‘After Christchurch: The relationship between hate speech violence and […]

March 4th, 2019

Proxy wars the focus of ADI visit to Pakistan

Experts in Central Asian and Middle Eastern politics, Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh, Dr Zahid Shahab Ahmed, and Dr Dara Conduit, are […]

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).  […]