Amin Saikal is director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University. He has been a visiting fellow at the Universities of Princeton and Cambridge, as well as at Sussex University's Institute of Development Studies. He has also been a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in International Relations. He is the author of numerous works on the Middle East,Central Asia, and Russia, including The Rise and Fall of the Shah; Islam and theWest: Conflict or Cooperation?
'Saikal's contribution to our understanding and analysis of modern Afghanistan post 9/11 is a very important one.' -International Affairs 'Fascinating...if you want an insider's interpretation of modern Afghanistan (and one that is remarkably free from one-sided ideology), this is an excellent primer.' -Sydney Morning Herald 'authoritative' -The Middle East Magazine 'Excellent and lucid' -Peter Avery, King's College Cambridge