Tareq Y. Ismael is a professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. He is also Secretary General of the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies and editor of the International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies.
Author, co-author, and editor of 21 books on foreign policies and domestic politics of Middle Eastern countries, his most recent works include The International Relations of the Middle East in the 21st Century: Patterns of Continuity and Change (2000); and Middle East Politics Today: Government and Civil Society (forthcoming). He is also currently completing a major trilogy on the communist movement in the Arab world. Two of the three related titles: The Communist Movement in Syria and Lebanon (1998), and The Communist Movement in Egypt (1999) have already been published. The final volume will contain case studies on the communist movements in Iraq and Sudan. His current research focuses on human rights and civil society in the Middle East.