Gamal Abdel Nasser was arguably one of the most influential Arab leaders in history. As President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970, he could have achieved a peace agreement with Israel, yet he preferred to maintain his unique leadership role by affirming pan-Arab nationalism and championing the liberation of Palestine, a common euphemism for the … More What Readers are Saying about Nasser’s Peace
I am thrilled to announce the release of my first book, Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel. Gamal Abdel Nasser was arguably one of the most influential Arab leaders in history. As President of Egypt from 1956 to 1970, he could have achieved a peace agreement with Israel, yet he preferred to … More Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel
Published in the College of Charleston Department of History. College of Charleston had a profound impact on my understanding and appreciation for history in general and Middle Eastern studies in particular. I am a South Carolina native and have always been fascinated in history and foreign affairs, ever since a family trip to the Middle … More What Can You Do with a CofC History Degree?
Published in Your Middle East. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, leader of the largest Arab nation during the 1950s and 1960s, was one of the most popular and charismatic statesmen of the twentieth century. In his 1954 memoir, The Philosophy of the Revolution, Nasser claimed that Egypt’s unique geography and historical legacy enhanced its ability … More Arab Decline and Iran’s Rising Influence
Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy New Year. For all those who have enjoyed this site, I would like to invite you to visit Sharnoff’s Global Views, a new global op-ed forum featuring original content by internationals for Americans. Please read well wishes for the New Year from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at … More Happy New Year
Apologies for not providing content on a more regular basis. I recently launched a new global op-ed forum called Sharnoff’s Global Views which provides a platform specifically for internationals to share views with Americans about politics, economics, technology, environment and other relevant issues.
I would like to share a list of background reading on the modern Middle East. This list is by no means exhaustive, but provides a basic understanding of a very complex and fascinating region.