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A Triple Nexua: Ideology, Political Economy, Foreign Policy and the Outlook for the Saudi Policy

A Triple Nexua: Ideology, Political Economy, Foreign Policy and the Outlook for the Saudi Policy Aarts, Paul; Nonneman, Gerd Heightened fears of terrorism, surging oil prices, and an unsettled Middle East have meant that Saudi Arabia has once again become the focus of international concern. The accession of King Abdullah in 2005 comes at a key moment in the country’s history. The tensions between the Kingdom’s regional and global roles intertwine with the dilemmas being faced at home. But for most outside observers, the country remains stubbornly opaque. This volume is the first to bring together in a systematic way such a wide range of expertise in a tightly integrated project representing the state of the art, drawing on the insights of an exceptional cast of leading scholars from Europe, the US and the Middle East. In a set of original and interlocking studies, contemporary trends in Saudi politics, society, economy and international relations are examined, exploring their roots as well as likely future development, in the light of ‘September 11′, the Iraq crisis, and changing global politics. The book integrates first-hand empirical investigation with the social science tools of politics, political economy and international relations – thus illuminating wider theoretical questions in these fields. The multiplicity of perspectives and areas of expertise brought to bear on the subject allows a balanced understanding to emerge of Saudi Arabia’s dynamics, challenges, and responses.

Determinants and Patterns of Saudi Foreign Policy: "Omnibalancing" and "Relative Autonomy" In Multiple Environments

Determinants and Patterns of Saudi Foreign Policy: "Omnibalancing" and "Relative Autonomy" In Multiple Environments Nonneman, Gerd Heightened fears of terrorism, surging oil prices, and an unsettled Middle East have meant that Saudi Arabia has once again become the focus of international concern. The accession of King Abdullah in 2005 comes at a key moment in the country’s history. The tensions between the Kingdom’s regional and global roles intertwine with the dilemmas being faced at home. But for most outside observers, the country remains stubbornly opaque. This volume is the first to bring together in a systematic way such a wide range of expertise in a tightly integrated project representing the state of the art, drawing on the insights of an exceptional cast of leading scholars from Europe, the US and the Middle East. In a set of original and interlocking studies, contemporary trends in Saudi politics, society, economy and international relations are examined, exploring their roots as well as likely future development, in the light of ‘September 11′, the Iraq crisis, and changing global politics. The book integrates first-hand empirical investigation with the social science tools of politics, political economy and international relations – thus illuminating wider theoretical questions in these fields. The multiplicity of perspectives and areas of expertise brought to bear on the subject allows a balanced understanding to emerge of Saudi Arabia’s dynamics, challenges, and responses.

Academic Intervention Services

Academic Intervention Services Widerquist, Karl

Business as Usual: How Albany's "Open Secret" Holds Back Real Progress in School Funding Equality

Business as Usual: How Albany's "Open Secret" Holds Back Real Progress in School Funding Equality Widerquist, Karl

Public Choice and Altruism

Public Choice and Altruism Widerquist, Karl

Review of Economics as Religion: from Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond, Robert H. Nelson

Review of Economics as Religion: from Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond, Robert H. Nelson Widerquist, Karl

Raymond Baker. Islam without Fear: Egypt and the New Islamists

Raymond Baker. Islam without Fear: Egypt and the New Islamists Kamrava, Mehran

Review of Real Libertarianism Assessed, Andrew Reeve and Andrew Williams (eds.)

Review of Real Libertarianism Assessed, Andrew Reeve and Andrew Williams (eds.) Widerquist, Karl

WordPress: Developing with Sass and Grunt.js

Lynda.com - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 08:44
Authored By: Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Released On: 4/28/2015

If you want to use CSS, and less of it, when building WordPress themes or plugins, you should be using Sass. Sass is the adopted and widely supported CSS compiler for WordPress, which allows you to use variables, mixins, and nesting to write simpler code. In this course Morten Rand-Hendriksen covers practical workflows for incorporating Sass into the development of a WordPress theme, along with Grunt.js, a task runner that translates Sass code into browser-friendly CSS. First Morten walks the viewer through a full production setup, including implementation of version control, Grunt.js, Ruby, and Sass on Windows and Mac. Then he'll present practical workflows for developing a custom theme (based on the _s or Underscores theme) with Sass and shipping "pure CSS" versions to the public.

Note: This course doesn't teach Sass itself. To learn more about the language, watch CSS with LESS and Sass.


Afghanistan :

History - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 02:00
Centlivres-Demont, Micheline
Categories: New Materials

SharePoint 2013 Installing and Configuring a Test Environment

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 20:00
Authored By: Spike Xavier

Released On: 4/28/2015

For a successful SharePoint deployment, it's a best practice to create a test environment first. However, SharePoint is not a simple "next, next, next" installation. There are hosts to prepare, virtual machines to configure, connections to make. So let an expert walk you through it first. In this course Spike Xavier covers the entire process of preparing, installing, and configuring a three-machine, on-premises SharePoint 2013 farm that can be used for testing and development. He'll show how to prepare a Windows 8.1 client, configure the host machine to use Hyper-V, and configure the three virtual machines that will power the SharePoint farm. Plus, learn how to install and connect Workflow Manager to take advantage of the new SharePoint Designer 2013 workflows.


Developing Executive Presence

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 06:41
Authored By: John Ullmen

Released On: 4/27/2015

Learn to project self-confidence, clarity, and credibility even under conditions of stress, pressure, and uncertainty. In this course, John Ullmen, PhD, a professor from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, shares key research insights and step-by-step methods he uses to coach leaders around the world to develop executive presence. He outlines the four key factors that drive executive presence, and the specific actions that make them work for you. He also explains the difference between "internal" and "external" presence, and how to enhance both to increase your self-assurance and self-possession. He addresses how to do all of this without being fake or feeling inauthentic, and how to be "fully present, persistently."


Using and Creating Lens Profiles in Adobe CC Applications

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 06:33
Authored By: Richard Harrington

Released On: 4/27/2015

No matter how good your camera is, there will still be imperfections in your images and video. Each lens adds its own issues, from unwanted vignettes and color fringe to visible distortion and perspective problems. But most of these issues can be fixed automatically or with minimal effort through the many options for lens profiles and lens corrections that exist in Adobe Creative Cloud, including applications such as Lightroom, Camera Raw, and After Effects. In this course you'll learn how to build custom profiles for all your camera and lens combinations, using a simple calibration chart and a free utility from Adobe, and apply those profiles to solve problems in different Adobe programs. Whether you are a photographer, video pro, or just a smartphone enthusiast… every image can be improved. Start here to learn how to get the data you need to make these enhancements faster and easier.


Maya 2016 New Features

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 05:04
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 4/27/2015

Find out what's new and improved in Maya 2016. Aaron F. Ross reviews the features and enhancements that will benefit 3D artists the most, such as the streamlined interface and color management system, the redesigned Hypershade material editor, and the powerful and fun sculpting tools. He'll also cover paint-free skinning with delta mesh deformers and improvements to instance and dynamic systems like XGen and Bifröst.


3ds Max 2016 New Features

Lynda.com - Mon, 04/27/2015 - 05:00
Authored By: Aaron F. Ross

Released On: 4/27/2015

3ds Max 2016 has arrived. In this course, Aaron F. Ross covers the usability, interoperability, and cinematography improvements that make this an exciting release for 3D artists and animators alike. He'll cover working with start-up templates, importing and exporting Alembic data, and mesh smoothing with OpenSubdiv, but also the new camera features, such as the Physical Camera, which can mimic the exposure, depth of field, motion blur, and tilt-shift perspective corrections of a real-world camera, and the Camera Sequencer, which allows animators to cut between cameras and trim clips nondestructively. Watch to find out how to incorporate these enhancements into your 3D workflow.


Probabilities :

Science Library New Book Shelf - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:00
Olofsson, Peter, 1963- author.

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