USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Robin Wright's Rock the Casbah won the Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. The citation: "Robin Wright’s book captures a pivotal moment in history with superb on-the-ground reporting across the Middle East that reflects her decades of experience covering the region. In interviews and observations, Wright shows journalistic enterprise and a comprehensive command of the tumult in today’s Islamic world. The book challenges conventional wisdom about the incompatibility of Islam and democracy profiling the reformers Wright says will lead the Middle East away from extremism. With vivid portraits, the book describes the events of the Arab Spring as examples of a regional 'counter-jihad' fought by young Muslims who constitute a majority in the Islamic world."


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