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Book Alert   January, February 2010
21st century CHINA: view and vision/ Wim Swann New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House, 2009
Abstract:The book entitled 21st Century China: View and Vision is an up-to-date and comprehensive study covering the whole spectrum of socio-political, economic and cultural tradition and transformation of China in the new millennium. The author has thoroughly investigated the various aspects of the Chinese life, their traditions and process of reformation in ten chapters. In the very first chapter, author has described introductory overview and demographic features have been described in second chapter. Third chapter deals with Chinese social system and economic tradition, transition and transformation in fourth chapter. Fifth chapter investigates structure and function of government and politics, however, foreign policy is discussed in sixth chapter.

26/11 Aatank ka ek nayaa chehara: Vishve aatankwaad ke badlte paridrashya/ Dr. Krishna Kumar Rattu. Jaipur: Book Ankalave, 2009

Adapting to climate change: thresholds, values, governance / Adger, W. Neil, Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009
Abstract: Adapting to climate change is a critical problem facing humanity. This involves reconsidering our lifestyles, and is linked to our actions as individuals, societies and governments. This book presents the latest science and social science research on whether the world can adapt to climate change. Written by experts, both academics and practitioners, it examines the risks to ecosystems, demonstrating how values, culture and the constraining forces of governance act as barriers to action. As a state-of-the-art review of science and a holistic assessment of adaptation options, it is essential reading for those concerned with responses to climate change, especially researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and graduate students.

Afghanistan's political stability: a dream unrealised / Ahmad Shayeq Qassem. England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2009
Abstract: Political stability has been a central theme of policy for all governments and political systems in the history of modern Afghanistan. Since its inception in the mid-nineteenth century, the country experimented with a diverse succession of political systems and state ideologies matched by few other countries' political histories. In the span of less than nine decades since independence in 1919, the Afghan state was substantially restructured at least a dozen times.

The AFGHANISTAN Wars / William Maley. -- 2nd London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Abstract: The current situation in Afghanistan is all too familiar, but its past remains unfamiliar to many. William Maley offers a valuable insight into Afghanistan's wars and the domestic, regional, and international politics that have exposed the population of what was once one of the most stable states in Asia to enormous damage. Maley examines the Soviet-Afghan War, the Afghan Civil War and the current conflict in the context of Afghanistan's cultural, social, political and geographical complexities. These are complexities with which policy makers, journalists, students and scholars must now come to terms.

AFRICA in global politics in the twenty-first century: a pan-AFRICAN perspective/ Olayiwola Abegunrin. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
Abstract: In this twenty-first century, Africa has become an important source of the United States' energy imports and the world's natural resources. It has also become the epicenter of the world's deadly health epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and one of the battlegrounds in the fight against terrorism. With Nigeria and South Africa leading the continent, Africa has become a major player to be reckoned with in the global affairs.

AMERICA in Vietnam: the war that couldn't be won / Herbert Y. Schandler. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009
Abstract: This controversial and timely book about the American experience in Vietnam provides the first full exploration of the perspectives of the North Vietnamese leadership before, during, and after the war. Herbert Y. Schandler offers unique insights into the mindsets of the North Vietnamese and their response to diplomatic and military actions of the Americans, laying out the full scale of the disastrous U.S. political and military misunderstandings of Vietnamese history and motivations. Including frank quotes from Vietnamese leaders, the book offers important new knowledge that allows us to learn invaluable lessons from the perspective of a victorious enemy.

America's global role: essays and reviews on national security, geopolitics, and war / Francis P. Sempa. Lanham: University Press of America, 2009

Armed conflicts in SOUTH ASIA 2009: continuing violence, failing peace processes / D. Suba Chandran and P.R. Chari, Ed. London: Routledge, 2010
Abstract: The essays in this volume are concerned with armed conflicts in South Asia and the conflict management efforts made to mitigate them. Articles in the volume study conflict management, look at the direction armed conflict is likely to take and provide a set of alternative measures that could be perused by the actors.

Asymmetric warfare in South Asia: the causes and consequences of the kargil conflict / Lavoy, Peter R., Ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009
Abstract: The 1999 conflict between India and Pakistan near the town of Kargil in contested Kashmir was the first military clash between two nuclear-armed powers since the 1969 Sino-Soviet war. Kargil was a landmark event not because of its duration or casualties, but because it contained a very real risk of nuclear escalation. Until the Kargil conflict, academic and policy debates over nuclear deterrence and proliferation occurred largely on the theoretical level.

An atlas of Middle Eastern affairs / Ewan W. Anderson and Liam D. Anderson. London: Routledge, 2010
Abstract: The Middle East is a major focus of world interest. This atlas provides accessible, concisely written entries on the most important current issues in the Middle East, combining maps with their geopolitical background. Providing a clear context for analysis of key concerns, it includes background topics, the position of the Middle East in the world and profiles of the constituent countries.

Beyond Crisis: re-evaluating Pakistan / Khan, Naveeda, Ed. London: Routledge, 2010
Abstract: Through the essays in this volume, we see how the failure of the state becomes a moment to ruminate on the artificiality of this most modern construct, the failure of nationalism, an opportunity to dream of alternative modes of association, and the failure of sovereignty to consider the threats and possibilities of the realm of foreignness within the nation-state as within the self.

BRAZIL'S new racial politics / Bernd Reiter and Gladys L. Mitchell, Ed. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2010
Abstract: Bringing together U.S. and Brazilian scholars, as well as Afro-Brazilian political activists, Racial Politics in Contemporary Brazil represents a significant advance in understanding the complexities of racial difference in contemporary Brazilian society. While previous scholarship on this subject has been largely confined to quantitative and statistical research, editor Michael Hanchard presents a qualitative perspective from a variety of disciplines, including history, sociology, political science, and cultural theory.

Britain and European integration since 1945: on the sidelines / David Gowland, Arthur Turner and Alex Wright. London: Routledge, 2010
Abstract: This book provides both a comprehensive introduction and a perceptive examination of Britain's relations with the European Community and the European Union since 1945, combining an historical account with political analysis to illustrate the changing and multifaceted nature of British and European politics.

Building peace after war / Mats Berdal. London: The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2009
Abstract: Building Peace after War, Mats Berdal addresses these and other crucial questions, examining the record of interventions from Cambodia in the early 1990s to contemporary efforts in Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The book analyses the nature of the modern peacebuilding environment, in particular the historical and psychological conditions that shape it, and addresses the key tasks faced by outside forces in the early and critical 'post-conflict' phase of an intervention.

The challenges in administrative political and developmental renewal in AFRICA: emerging issues / John W. Forje. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009
Abstract: This is the third in CARAD's publication series on "Strategic Policy Studies on State, Democracy Governance and Management". The second series is on "State-Building and Democracy in Africa: A Comparative and Development Approach". These series seek to contribute to the ongoing debate on Democratisation, Governance and Development since the collapse of the Communist System and Africa's Lost Decades of the 1980s.

Challenges in radiation protection and nuclear safety regulation of the nuclear legacy / Sneve, Malgorzata K., Ed. Netherlands: Springer, 2008
Abstract: A NATO workshop was held in September 2007 under the Security through Science framework to consider the current challenges in regulation of the nuclear legacy. The overall objective was to share East-West competence and experience in radiation protection and nuclear safety supervision of installations built during the cold war, particularly in relation to regulatory strategies for safe decommissioning of unique or unusual nuclear facilities and remediation activities.

Change in putin's RUSSIA: power, money and people / Simon Pirani. London: Pluto Press, 2010
Abstract: Simon Pirani investigates the interaction of power, money and people in Russia during the presidencies of Vladimir Putin and his successor Dmitry Medvedev. Profiling the Putin team, including contingents from the security services and pro-market economic 'reformers', Pirani argues that the economic growth it presided over during the oil boom was one-sided. The gap between rich and poor widened. Now the boom is over, inequalities will multiply further.

Changing world order: INDIA, EU and US-a trialogue / B. Krishnamurthy and Geetha Ganapathy-Dore, Ed. Delhi: Shipra Publications, 2009
Abstract: Moving beyond the antimonies of empire and decolonization, superpowers and Cold War, uni- and multi-polar worlds, mature and emerging nations, the study of international relations today consists in finding a new paradigm for 21 century world order. Not ignoring the clash of civilizations and the specter of a morphed Anglophone Empire haunting the field after what has been described the 'End of History', the essays presented in this volume and written by scholars working in Indian and European universities in an inter and multi-disciplinary perspective offer a picture of the strategic realignments and the reconfiguration of power actually taking place under the combined pressure of the economic, financial, cultural and technological forces of globalization, international terrorism, and climate change. They underscore the necessity for a trialogue among India, EU and US to ensure democratic regimes and the hope for peace, however fragile and provisional it may be.

CHINA: a History / John Keay. New York: A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 2009
Abstract: 'There is no understanding China, present or future without a sense of its past!Anybody fascinated by the puzzle of what come next for our frail, perplexed planet will find unexpected answers in this crisp, often witty chronicle of amazements.' Peter Preston, Observer Praise for 'India: a history': 'A delight!one of the best general studies of the subcontinent.' Sunday Times 'Ambitious, colourful and fascinating.
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