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Book Alert   28 February 2009
The Legal Status of Territories Subject To Administration by International Organizations / Knoll, Bernhard - - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

The international community's practice of administering territories in post-conflict environments has raised important legal questions. Using Kosovo as a case study, Bernhard Knoll analyses the identity of the administrating UN organ, the ways in which the territories under consideration have acquired partial subjectivity in international law and the nature of legal obligations in the fiduciary exercise of transitional administration developed within the League of Nations' Mandate and the UN Trusteeship systems.

Armed Groups and the Balance of Power the International relation of Terrorists, warlords and / Vinci, Anthony - - London: Rutledge, 2009

This new book provides a framework for understanding the international relations of armed groups, including terrorist organizations, insurgencies and warlords, which play an increasingly important role in the international system. Specifically, this book argues that such groups can be understood as taking part in the balance of power with states and other armed groups, as they are empirically sovereign non-state actors that are motivated by the pursuit of power and exist as part of an anarchic, self-help system.

Globalization and summit Reform: An Experiment in International Governance/ Heap, Peter C. - - Ottawa: Springer, 2008

This account of the 'L-20 project' describes and analyses a 3-year mobilization designed as an alternative to the political deadlocks preventing progress on critical global issues. The L-20 would include leaders from the existing G-countries, augmented by key regional powers such as China, Brazil, India, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt.

Institutions of the Global South Braveboy-Wagner, Jacqueline An. - - London: Rutledge, 2009

This is an accessible new introduction to organizations of key importance to the global south in the post-war period. It clearly assesses their achievements, performance and responses to global change.

International Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Global Issues / Anderson, Sheldon - - Boulder: Westview Press, 2008


Global Security Watch - Iran: A Reference Handbook / Mattair, Thomas R. - -Westport: Prager Security International, 2008

This book is better able than many others to explain the actions, reactions, and interactions of all the relevant actors and to explore the prospects for future war or peace. Mattair provides a comprehensive analysis of Iran's relations with its neighbors and major world powers. He begins with a review of Iran's foreign relations from the time of Iran's founding in the 5th century B.C. through the Islamic era beginning in the mid-600's A.D., and the native dynasties that ruled in more recent centuries as Iran faced challenges from foreign powers such as the Ottoman Empire and Western colonial empires.

A History of Modern Iran / Abrahamian, Ervand - - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

: 'Ervand Abrahamian has done for Iran what de Tocqueville did for France, showing how the revolution continued the work of the ancien regime, through the ever increasing power of the state.' Edward Mortimer, Senior Vice-President, Salzburg Global Seminar, and author of Faith and Power: the Politics of Islam 'Ervand Abrahamian's authoritative overview of twentieth-century Iran fills a large gap in the literature of Iranian studies.

The Secret War with Iran: The 30-yera Covert Struggle for Control of a 'Rogue' state / Bergman, Ronen - - Oxford: Oneworld Press, 2008

In the years since 9/11, the U.S. war on terror has focused on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Coverage of Iran has been devoted almost exclusively to its nuclear ambitions. Yet, as Ronen Bergman's groundbreaking reporting in this vital investigative history reveals, for thirty years, Iran has been the world's leading sponsor of global terror and stands as the most formidable sponsor of terror in the world today.

Israel's Vicious Circle: Ten Years of Writings on Israel and Palestine Avnery, Uri - - London: Pluto Press, 2008

This book is a must-read for everyone who wants peace in the Middle East.Uri Avnery is one of the best known peace activists in Israel. He served in the Israeli military in the 1948 war and then set up a hugely popular anti-establishment magazine, Haolam Hazeh (This World), which forced the issue of Palestinian rights into the mainstream.

Plowshares into Swords: From Zionism to Israel / Mayer, Arno J. - - London: Verso, 2008

This rich, authoritative history chronicles the Zionist Israeli quest from its origins in pre-Great War Europe. Mayer traces the development of political Zionism's primal resolve to implant a state for Jews in a Middle East of ever-greater strategic importance. He provides new perspectives on key turning points as well as on such enduring issues as the young country's dire need for imperial protection, the oil imperative.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A People's War Milton-Edwards, Beverley - -London: Rutledge, 2009

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is one of the most enduring and complex in the modern world. But, why did the conflict break out? Who is demanding what, and why is peace so difficult to achieve?

KASHMIR-HISTORY Contemporary Kashmir Politics: Some Insights Based on Reshi Den's Political Diary / Pandit, Kashinath (Tr.) - - New Delhi: Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum, 2008


Kurdistan: Crafting of National selves Houston, Christopher. Oxford: Berg, 2008

: This book provides a concise history of Kurdistan. Re-mapping, wars and the growth of modern nation states have turned Kurdistan into an imagined homeland. The Kurdish question is one that continually reappears on the political stage because of the strategic location of Kurdistan. In tracing the ways in which Kurdistan has been represented and politicized, the author considers the plight of the oppressed Kurdish minority in the modern nations of Iraq, Iran and Turkey.

The New Latin American Left / Reborn, Utopia - - London: Pluto Press, 2008

This book is a comprehensive study of the wide variety of leftist governments and movements in the region. It is essential reading for students studying Latin American politics, political theory, social movements, and international relations.

Qaddafi's Libya in World Politics Ronen, Yehudit - - London: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008

Libya's enigmatic Muammar Qaddafi has demonstrated a perhaps unprecedented capacity for reinvention and survival, particularly in the realm of foreign policy. Yehudit Ronen traces Libya's sometimes tortuous trajectory in international affairs across the four decades of Qaddafi's leadership.

The Lisbon Treaty: EU Constitutionalism without a Constitutional Treaty? / Griller, Stefan - - New York: Springer, 2008

The Lisbon Treaty in late 2007, it seemed that the constitutional process in Europe was finally close to fruition. For many, the seemingly imminent conclusion of this lengthy process, which had started in 2000 or even earlier and which had absorbed much of the Union's capacity for policy and compromise, came as a great relief. Although the results of the Irish referendum have led to some disillusion, it is evident that - whatever the final outcome might be - for the time being the Lisbon "constitution" is as good as it gets in an EU of 27 or more states.

Globalization and Geopolitics in the Middle East: Old Games, new Rules Ehteshami, Anoushiravan - - London: Rutledge, 2009

This book will be welcomed as a major addition by specialists on the region, but Ehteshami's lucid style also makes it an accessible -- indeed, inviting -- introduction for non-specialists. Hopefully, it will garner the attention of policy makers as well.' - Ian Shapiro, Yale University, USA and author of Containment: Rebuilding a Strategy against Global Terror 'This useful survey of the dilemmas that confront the vast and complex region between Morocco and Central Asia in this era of rapid and world-wide change -- and of the corresponding opportunities and challenges that the region itself represents for the world as a whole -- should be useful for both beginning students and long-time observers of the Middle East.

The Impenetrable Fog of War Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Suaprise / Cronim, Patrick M. - - Westport: Praeger Security international, 2008


Ending Wars / Cochrane, Feargal - - Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008

This superb book combines strong research with clear thinking, to address a vexed question: how are wars - of various types - brought to an end? Drawing upon a wide range of country examples and deploying valuable insights, Feargal Cochrane - one of the leading authorities on conflict resolution - provides a sophisticated and lucid explanation of the most successful methods of stopping violence.

Maoists in Nepal: from Insurgency to Political Mainstream / Upreti, B.C. - - New Delhi: Kalpaz Publications, 2008

The book explains the problem of Maoist insurgency in Nepal since its inception to the withdrawal of the insurgency and the Maoist joining the political mainstream. The Maoist decision in 2006 to join the multi party democracy has not only given a new dimension to Nepali politics but it also raises a number of questions of academic interest. Why did Maoist take a U-turn? What are the problems and prospects of republican state and inclusive democracy in Nepal? How does the Maoist look at their political future in the upcoming political system of Nepal?

Nepal: New Frontiers of Restructuring of State / Baral, Lok Raj. - - New Delhi: Adroit Publishers, 2008

A few other South Asian scholars have added significance to the book by contributing papers to their specific domestic areas. The tumultuous change under way in Nepal can be seen in large canvas of South Asia too.

Nigeria's stumbling Democracy and its Implications for Africa's Democratic Movement / Okafor, Victor Oguejio - - Westport: Praeger Security International, 2008

This is an important book on an important country, Nigeria, whose democratic and developmental prospects have profound implications for Africa and the world at large. Focusing on the widely disputed elections of 2007, the editor has assembled a fine team of contributors who perceptively dissect Nigeria's checkered history of democratization.

NATO, Security and Risk Management from Kosovo to Kandahar / Williams, M. J. - - London: Rutledge, 2009

The book offers a unified theory of cooperation in the new security paradigm to explain the current state of transatlantic relations and NATO's failure to adequately transform itself into a security institution for the 21st century. It argues that a new preoccupation with risk filled the vacuum left by the collapse of the Soviet Union, and uses the literature of the Risk Society to analyse the strained politics of the North Atlantic community.

Nuclear Weapons and Conflict Transformation the Case of Indian- Pakistan/ Khan, Saira - - London: Rutledge, 2009

The book argues that the significance of the possession of nuclear weapons in conflict resolution has been previously overlooked. Saira Khan argues that the acquisition of nuclear weapons by states keeps conflicts alive indefinitely, as they are maintained by frequent crises and low-to-medium intensity violence, rather than escalating to full-scale wars.

Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons / Chakma, Bhumitra - - London: Rutledge, 2009

: This book provides a comprehensive study of a nuclear-armed Pakistan, investigating the implications of its emergence as nuclear weapons state.Setting out the historical background of Pakistani nuclear development, the book examines the lessons for proliferation that can be drawn from the Pakistan case.

The Military Factor in Pakistan/ Singh, R.S.N. - - New Delhi: Lancer Publishers, 2008


Peace Movements and Pacifism after September 11 / Chiba, Shin - - Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008

Noted international scholars present Japanese and East Asian perspectives on how the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States changed prospects for international peace. The authors show that the events, while serious, need not lead to perpetual war and the end for hopes of peace in the twenty-first century. Because East Asia has not been preoccupied with the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, their views can serve as a balance to the 'war' on terror declared in the United States.

Managing Strategic Surprise: Lessons from Risk Management and Risk Assessment/ Bracken, Paul - - Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

This book has more enlightenment per page on the subject; it should be read by all of you whose lives, jobs and fortunes depend on fathoming surprise - almost all of us!' Thomas R. Pickering, Former Under Secretary of State and Career Ambassador of the United States 'The authors stare such horrors as nuclear proliferation and mass terrorism in the face and, rather than shuddering, analyze, parse, balance, and judge.

Interlinking of Rivers in India: Issues and Cocenrs / Mirza, M. Monirul Qader - - Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2008

This book takes a critical look at India's proposed plan to interlink its rivers (ILR). While conceding certain benefits, such as improved irrigation and flood and drought hazard mitigation, it more pointedly emphasizes the inherent economic, social, and environmental risks. The author discusses the ramifications on Bangladesh of the planned transfer of water from the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers, and reviews other areas of concern.

Russia and it's Near Abroad: Strategic Dynamics and Implications / Kundu, Nivedita Das - - New Delhi: Author Press, 2008

The book is primarily intended for two types of audiences: scholars/academics and policymakers. It is dived into four sections, the first section deals with Russia and the European part of CIS, the second section focuses on Russia and the Central Asian Republic, and Caucasus.

Oilopoly: Putin, Power and the Rise of the New Russia / Goldman, Marshall - -Oxford: Oneworld Press, 2008

: Russia's spectacular recovery and reassertion of its superpower status is nothing short of an economic and political miracle. Marshall Goldman, one of the world's leading authorities on Russia, uncovers a gripping tale of intrigue, corruption, greed, patronage, nepotism, and oligarchy as Russian oil and gas drive its economy and reignite its traditional great power ambitions.

Human Development in South Asia in 21st Century / Chaturvedi, S.K. - - New Delhi: Radha Publications, 2008

The South Asian region is confronted with enormous challenges ranging from regime instability, low level of economic development, human security, mutual conflict of nations, growing tentacles of terrorism, militarization of political systems to arms race and nucleatisation.

SAARC Socio-Economic Transformation/ Saradgi, Iqbal Ahmed - - New Delhi: Foundation for Peaces and Sustainable Development, 2008

With the 15th SAARC Summit taking place on 2-3 August, 2008 in Sri Lanka, all eyes are focused once again on the event what it signifies. It is time indeed to take stock of SAARC's progress under India's leadership, the road it has traversed and the road that lies ahead.

Kingdom without Borders: Saudi Arabia's Political, religious and media frontiers/ Al-Rasheed, Madawi - - London: Foundation Books, 2008

This title explores the driving forces behind Saudi Arabia's new era of expansionism. Having established a far-reaching political and religious influence, as well as an impressive media empire, Saudi Arabia has become a kingdom without borders, holding both local and international actors in a tight embrace. This phenomenon has yet to be seriously-instead of sensationally-studied. In this volume, contributors soberly reassess the changing nature of state and society, considering not only the multiple leaders who have risen within Saudi Arabia in recent years but also, thanks to a second oil boom, the consolidation of outside forces that now threaten to subvert the state.

Jayaprakash Narayan: Selected Works Prasad, Bimal - - New Delhi: Manohar Books, 2008

: Jyayprakash Naryan (1902-79) was one of the most prominent leaders and thinkers that India produced in modern times. Although he never sought power for himself, he played a major role not only in the struggle for independence, but also in the socialist and movement for strengthening and finally in the movement for strengthening democracy, popularly known as the J. P. movement.

Gorbachev's Gamble: Soviet Foreign Policy & the End of the Cold War/ Grachev, Andrei. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008

The sudden ending of the Cold War, surely the dominant feature of the second half of the 20th century, continues to be one of the most unexpected and perplexing events of our time. Explanations provided by the winners and losers in the Cold War differ considerably and often contradict each other. Even taken together they do not provide a compelling answer to the key question: why did it happen?

The Identity Politics of Peace building Civil Society in War-Torn Sri Lanka/ Orjuela, Camilla - - Los Angeles: Sage Publications, 2008

The Identity Politics of Peace Building looks at civil society and peace movements in the context of the identity-based armed conflict(s) in Sri Lanka. It focuses specifically on the identity politics implied in attempts at mobilizing a movement for peace and shows why civil society groups engaging in peace work often fail to increase the sense of security among civilians, and to challenge the underlying structures of war

Vision 2050: Roadmap for a Sustainable Earth / Komiyama, Hiroshi - - New York: Springer, 2008

Vision 2050" is a plan for paving a road to global sustainability. It lays out a path to a sustainable future for humanity that could realistically be achieved by 2050 through the application of science and technology. A prominent Japanese academic and leader in global sustainability, Komiyama draws upon realistic assumptions and solid scientific concepts to create a vision that makes the living standards enjoyed by developed countries today possible for all people by 2050.

Insurgency and terrorism in India and Pakistan: With special reference to Benazir Bhutto / Elyas, Md. - - New Delhi: MD Publications, 2008

Insurgency is most commonly used to describe a movement's unlawfulness by virtue of not being authorized by or in accordance with the law of the land. When used by a state or an authority under threat, "insurgency" implies an illegitimacy of cause upon those rising up, whereas those rising up will see the authority itself as being illegitimate.

Middle Eastern Terrorism: From Black September to September 11 / Ensalaco, Mark - - Philadelphia: University of Pennsylavnia Press, 2008

Where did this come from?" Inspired by a student's question on the morning of September 11, 2001, Mark Ensalaco has written a thoroughly researched narrative account of the origins of Middle Eastern terrorism, addressing when and why terrorists started targeting Americans and American interests and what led to the September 11 attacks.

Targeting Terrorists: A License to Kill? / Plawm, Avery. Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing, 2008

: "Targeting Terrorists: A License to Kill?" examines the political history and ethics of targeted killing. Plaw's analysis addresses the questions of moral, political and legal justification and discusses contemporary issues surrounding targeted killing in the context of the current 'war on terror' and legitimate/illegitimate forms of counterterrorism.

Why we're losing the War on Terror/ Rogers, Paul - - Cambridge: Polity Press, 2008

Why We're Losing the War on Terror examines the reasons for the failure, focusing on American political and military attitudes, the impact of 9/11, the fallacy of a New American Century, the role of oil and, above all, the consummate failure to go beyond a narrow western view of the world.

Terrorism, Drug-Trafficking and Organized Crime: Challenges for International Peace and Security/ Yadav, S. N. - - New Delhi: Jnanada Prakashan, 2009

This book covers the subject area of laws related to terrorism, counter-terrorism, anti-terrorism, neo-terrorism, bio-terrorism, nuclear terrorism, chemical terrorism, cyber terrorism, etc. Laws in the forms of international conventions, regional instruments, national legislations, and federal state acts are covered in detail. This International Encyclopedia of Anti-Terrorism Law provides the readers with comprehensive lists of anti-terrorism legislations at the international, regional and national levels. It is for this reason that it has been divided into four volumes. Volume one deals with International Laws and Guidelines on Terrorism, volume two covers National Laws and Guidelines on Terrorism in America and Oceania, volume three includes National Laws and Guidelines on Terrorism in Europe, Asia and Africa and volume four covers Chronology of Major Terror Incidents in the World, Appendices, Glossary, Bibliography and Index.

The Tragedy of Tibet / Sharma, Man Mohan - - Noida: Trishul Publications, 2008

: "The Suzeranity of China over Tibet is a Constitutional Myth, a Frace" said Lord Curzon A dispassionate study of History reveals that China never (never) had any undisputed Suzeranity over Tibet. Tibet Has always been a free country, a sovereign State: In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, the then dominant powers; Russia, Great Britain and Japan, all suspicious of each other's aims and designs, sent in spies to Tibet to gain knowledge for possible confrontation. This was the Big Game: Russia sent in Nicholas Mikhailovich Prjevalski who led four expeditions in 1870-85. Lt Peter Kozlov and Lt V Roborousky led clandestine missions to add to the knowledge gained by Prjewalski. Then came Aguan Dorijiev, with ten aliases, who went in as a Lama, gained access to the Dalai Lama and convinced him that the Czar was a Buddhist at heart. His activities and frequent visits to Russia and back worried the British a great deal. The Japanese spy, a Buddhist monk, Ekai Kawaguchi spent three years in Tibet disguised as a Chinese Lama. The British sent in a large number of spies. Thomas Moorcroft and Hearsey were sent in as early as 1812 disguised as feqirs. In 1846 Lt strachey and JE Winterbottom explored Western Tibet and Kailas Winterbottom explored Western Tibet and Kailas Manasarovar. From 1863 to the end of the 19th Century the British sent in spies disguised as lamas, merchants, menials etc. They were nicknamed as Pandits. The notable Spies (Pandits) were Nain Singh, Mani Singh, Rai Bahadur Kishan Singh Milamwal, Sarat Chander Dass and Kintup. This was followed by the famous Younghusband expedition in 1903-1904 to Lhasa, with losses of human lives on both sides. And then the bigger game started: China had suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Japanese in 1895. China was weak and prostrate. The dominant powers realized that it was much better to extract concessions from China than vie for the supremacy of the arid plateau of Tibet. Consequently Britain consolidated her hold on Hongkong and extracted extensive trading concessions. Russia extended her South East borders, biting off Chinese territory and a chance to extend the Great Siberian Railways to Tibet. In turn Russia and Britain entered into a treaty conferring the Suzeranity of China over Tibet. Due to reasons best known to them, USA endorsed this arrangement. None of these Self Seekers even consulted Tibet about this matter. The then weak China has now become a monstrous military power out to assert the so called suzerainty by the Force of Arms and destroy Tibetan Society with a unique culture, infact a veritable World Heritage Site. The big powers, USA, Russia and Great Britain, the authors of this human tragedy are more interested in their trade ties with China than help Tibet against this ruthless persecution.

Turkish Accession to the EU: Satisfying the Copenhagen criteria / Faucompret, Eric - - London: Rutledge, 2008

Is Turkey on the way to meet the economic Copenhagen criteria? The enlargement process that the European Union faced the last decade stirred the debate again about the role Turkey has to play and whether or not Turkey should be part of the European Union. While the enlargement with the Central and East European countries of the former Soviet Union was a logical process, given the strong trade relationships and the political and historical context of these countries, the potential enlargement with Turkey is much more complex and controversial.

Law and Practice of the United Nations Documents and Commentary / Chesterman, Simon - - New York: Oxford University Press, 1948

This book is overdue and immensely valuable. The United Nations used to merit a couple of chapters in an often dry-as-dust casebook on international organizations generally, chapters devoted to the law of the Charter but never the political practice that illuminates it and makes it both trying and occasionally triumphant. Here, at last, is a volume entirely devoted to the United Nations for scholars of both international law and international relations, in an accessible format with challenging issues at every turn.

US-Asia Economic Relations: A political Economy of crisis and the rise of new Business / Robertson, Justin - - London: Rutledge, 2009

In a world of continuing financial volatility, this book critically evaluates the oft-cited claim that US firms and the US government attempt to open emerging markets in economic distress and acquire valuable industrial and financial assets.

Immigration Policy and Security: U.S. European and Commonwealth Perspectives/ Givens, Terri E. - - New York: Rutledge, 2009

This book examines a broad range of issues and cases in order to better understand if, how, and why immigration policies and practices have changed in these countries in response to the threat of terrorism. In a thorough analysis of border policies, the authors also address how an intensification of immigration politics can have severe consequences for the social and economic circumstances of national minorities of immigrant origin.

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