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Recent Additions (May -June 2016)

1. Adhunik Bharat / Chandr, Vipin Vipin Chandr - New Delhi: Anamika Publishers, 2015

Abstract: This  book sheds light on the history of British Indian Empire and how British imperialism impacted India economically, socially and in terms of governance. The book  also discusses in detail the good and bad outcomes of colonization and the various British policies that were in force from time to time. The book has been divided into 14 chapters in total.
2. Afghan history through Afghan eyes / Green, Nile, Ed. Edited by Nile Green - London: Hurst & Company, 2015

Abstract: This book brings together the leading international specialists to focus on case studies of the Dari, Pashto and Uzbek histories which Afghans have produced in abundance since the formation of the Afghan state in the mid-eighteenth century. As crucial sources on Afghans' own conceptions of state, society and culture, their writings help us understand the dominant and marginal, conflicting and changing, ways in which Afghans have understood the emergence of their own society and its relationships with the wider world. Based on new research in Afghan languages, Afghan History Through Afghan Eyes opens up entirely fresh perspectives on Afghan political, social and cultural life, providing penetrating insights into the master narratives behind domestic and international conflict in Afghanistan.

3. Afghanistan and its neighbors after the nato withdrawal / Edited by Amin Saikal - London: Lexington Books, 2016

Abstract: The planned reductions in NATO troop numbers in Afghanistan through 2015 and a final withdrawal  at the end of 2016 brings up numerous pressing questions about the security and national interests of just Afghanistan, but of the broader region itself. The problem of a chaotic Afghanistan—or of an Taliban victory—is of great concern to not only immediate neighbors such as Iran, Pakistan, and the former Soviet Central Asian republics to the north, but also to those countries in the region with Afghanistan-related security or economic concerns, such as China and India. Further abroad Russian, American and European interests and plans for dealing with the fallout from Afghanistan must also be taken into account as these major powers have enduring interests in Afghanistan and the region. This volume puts the prospects for short- and mid-term security dynamics at the core of the analysis, with each case being placed in its proper contemporary historical, economic, and political context. The book will offer a truly comprehensive, nuanced, and timely account of the security situation in and around Afghanistan.

4. Afghanistan beyond 2014: domestic and regional dynamics / Roy, Arpita Basu, Ed. Edited by Arpita Basu Roy - New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2016

Abstract: The post-2014 situation in Afghanistan following the draw down of the US/NATO/ International Security Force, has been the subject of a most perplexing debate in recent times with the major obscurity lying in predicting the actual intentions of various actors involved in the Afghan imbroglio. Fixated on Afghanistan's looming challenges, often  a bleak picture of the embattled country's future has been drawn in the international media and academia which anticipated that the volatility of Afghanistan would lead to regional instability and colossal security challenges, especially in the period beyond 2014. However, the narrative of despair was supplemented by a narrative of opportunity where proposals envisioning Afghanistan's role as a fulcrum for trade and cooperation were being drawn up on the basis of an argument that hegemonic prescriptions do not sustain themselves.

5. Afghanistan Pakistan India: a paradigm shift / Abali, Shaida Mohammad Shaida Mohammad Abali – New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2016

Abstract: This book is an in-depth study conducted about Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, examining the past and the  current (increasingly) deteriorating political, security and economic situation. Among various facts that unfold during the course of this work, what comes to light is that, at times, the out-dated and miscalculated policies of the governments,  especially those of Pakistan, have played a major role in the current disharmonious situation; that the authorities seem  to be oblivious of the great potential and common opportunities/challenges that exist, if only the above-mentioned countries join hands to work in rhythm and harmony towards achieving peace and prosperity rather than tearing each other, and themselves, apart.

6. African politics: critical concepts in political science - 1 / Cheeseman, Nic, Ed. Edited by Nic Cheeseman London: Routledge, 2016

Abstract: This collection brings together the classic and essential texts of African politics. The four volumes that make up the collection are structured around the biggest questions that have dominated African Studies: 1. What was the legacy of colonial rule, and has Africa broken free of its international dependency? 2. How are ethnic identities formed, and what impact have they had? 3. Why is Africa so poor? What are the main barriers to development? 4. Is democracy feasible in Africa, and, if so, how can it be designed to promote political stability?

7. After the fall: Sri Lanka in victory and war / Tikku, Mohan K Mohan K Tikku - New York: Oxford University Press, 2016

Abstract: After the Fall shows how Sri Lankas post-independence exercise in nation formation was beset with using language domination as an instrument of partisan power and racial memories as the way to define nationhood. That resulted in an escalating conflict through half a century of ethnic violence-giving rise to one of the worlds most fearsome  militant movements and the cult of the suicide bomber. It analyzes how Elam war four (20069), which came like a tornado crashing through all the red-lines of a war (even a guerrilla war), succeeded-and at what cost and consequences.

8. America, sea power, and the world / Bradford, James C. James C. Bradford - UK: Blackwell, 2016

Abstract:  This survey of American naval history features original chapters from key scholars in the field that trace the relationship between the American Navy and the position of the United States on the global political stage over the past 250 years. Places equal weight on the influence of major wartime campaigns and naval efforts to defend and expand America’s political and economic interests during times of peace. Includes an array of illustrations and 56 new maps, seamlessly integrated within each chapter. Each chapter features sidebars with biographical sketches of influential leaders and descriptions of weapons and technological developments of the era.

9. Annual report on the development of the Indian ocean region (2015): 21st century maritime silk road /  Wang, Rong, Ed. Edited by Rong Wang and Cuiping Zhu - New York: Springer, 2016

Abstract: This report, written by senior scholars of international studies and Indian Ocean studies, focuses on international relations in the Indian Ocean region and covers many aspects of the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. The report covers strategic reviews, major events and related data in this region, as well as the origin and aims, frameworks and regional and global impacts of the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road. The contributors hail from five prominent institutes in China.

10. Asia: critical themes in contemporary security – 4 Edited by IISS - London: Routledge, 2016

Abstract: Asia: Critical Themes in Contemporary Security is new four volume collection featuring the key articles on the region published in Survival, the International Institute for Strategic Studies' bi-monthly journal, one of the world's leading forums for analysis and debate of international and strategic affairs. Covering both East Asia and South Asia this is an ambitious and wide-ranging collection, covering a vast region of pivotal importance that continues to be a theatre for the power-plays of grand strategy. Articles by key and influential figures including, Coral Bell, Robert Scalpino and Robert Zoelllick, explore the shifts in the global order, including anxiety about the role of the United States and the rise of China, look at resources and energy supply in the region as well as nuclear weapons and the arms race.

11. Atal Bihari Vajpayee: dream for prosperous India science & technology in nation building / Sikka, Pawan, Ed. Edited by Pawan Sikka - New Delhi: Uppal Publishers, 2016

Abstract: This book: "Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Dream for Prosperous India, Science and Technology in Nation-Building" offers for the first time an attempt to understand the scientific profile of a political leader, veteran statesman, who with his modern outlook intended to provide technological solutions to the age-old problems afflicting the Indian society for long. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayeewas the 10th Prime Minister of India, during 1998-2004 yet his half-decade seems to have left an imprint which speaks a much longer period. He fostered an atmosphere of modernity in India. He dreamt India of the 21st Century. As a crusader ofthe modern science and technology, he accelerated the pace of change, towards the socio-economic development of the nation. This Book covers excerpts of his speeches and writings on science and technology, that have clearly brought out his thought process, priorities and new action plan of modernizing India.

12. The Audacious ascetic: what the Bin laden tapes revel about Al-Qa'ida Flagg Miller - London: Hurts & Company, 2015

Abstract: In late 2002, over 1500 audiotapes were discovered in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in a house once occupied by Osama bin Laden. The Audacious Ascetic is the first book to explore this extraordinary archive. It details how Islamic cultural, legal, theological and linguistic vocabularies shaped militants' understandings of al-Qa'ida, and, more controversially, challenges the notion that the group's original adversary was America and the 'far enemy'. Miller argues that Western security agencies' 'management' of Bin Laden's growing reputation went awry. When magnified through global media coverage, narratives of al-Qa'ida's coherence were exploited by Osama and his militant supporters for their own ends.

13. Beyond Crimea: the new Russian empire Agnia Grigas - London: Yale University Press, 2016

Abstract: How will Russia redraw post-Soviet borders? In the wake of recent Russian expansionism, political risk expert  Again Grigasillustrates how—for more than two decades—Moscow has consistently used its compatriots in bordering nations for its territorial ambitions. Demonstrating how this policy has been implemented in Ukraine and Georgia, Grigas provides cutting-edge analysis of the nature of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy and compatriot protection to warn that Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States, and others are also at risk.

14. Black wind, white snow: the rise of Russia's new nationalism Charles Clover - London: Yale University Press, 2016

Abstract: Charles Clover, award-winning journalist and former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, here analyses the idea of "Eurasianism," a theory of Russian national identity based on ethnicity and geography. Clover traces Eurasianism’s origins in the writings of White Russian exiles in 1920s Europe, through Siberia’s Gulag archipelago in the 1950s, the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, and up to its steady infiltration of the governing elite around Vladimir Putin. This eye-opening analysis pieces together the evidence for Eurasianism’s place at the heart of Kremlin thinking today and explores its impact on recent events.

15. Bose: an Indian samurai Netaji and the INA a military assessment / Bakshi, G D G D Bakshi - New Delhi: KW Publishers, 2016

Abstract: This is a path breaking book by a former General that seeks to evaluate Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose as a military leader and indeed, the First Supreme Commander of India. Netaji was instrumental in India getting her freedom. It is the first professional attempt to evaluate the military performance of the Indian National Army (INA) in World War-II and its significant impact on the Freedom Struggle. The book has gone into great details about each and every engagement fought by the INA. This meticulously researched book seeks to reopen a significant historical debate about how India got her freedom.

16. Brazil in transition: beliefs, leadership and institutional change / Alston, Lee J. Lee J. Alston – Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2016

Abstract: Brazil is the world's sixth-largest economy, and for the first three-quarters of the twentieth century was one of the fastest-growing countries in the world. While the country underwent two decades of unrelenting decline 1975 to 1994, the economy has rebounded dramatically. How did this nation become an emerging power? Brazil in Transition looks at the factors behind why this particular country has successfully progressed up the economic development ladder. The authors examine the roles of beliefs, leadership, and institutions in the elusive, critical transition to sustainable development.

17. Building bridges: the role of Indian Americans in indo-U. S. relations / Chatterjee, Swadesh Swadesh Chatterjee – New Delhi: Rupa, 2015

Abstract: When Swadesh Chatterjee arrived in the United States with his wife Manjusri and their baby daughter, he had just $35 in his pocket. A decade and a half later, he was a successful North Carolina businessman at the helm of a company, while Manjusri had a thriving practice as a psychiatrist. They were well on their way to achieving the American dream. Not satisfied with simply being an immigrant success story, Chatterjee decided it was time to give back both to his adopted land and his motherland.

18. The Central intelligence agency: an encyclopedia of covert ops, intelligence gathering, and spies – Edited by Jan Goldman - California: ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016

Abstract: This two-volume work traces through facts and documents the history of the CIA, from the people involved to the operations conducted for national security. * Covers the history of the CIA from its days prior to World War II, when it was known as the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), supplying comprehensive, objective information in a convenient ready reference * Provides documents formerly classified as "top secret" and an extensive bibliography to allow further research by students * Includes contributions from about two dozen experts in their field of study, ranging from a psychologist describing CIA "mind experiments" to former practitioners and historians writing on covert operations during the Cold War * Provides primary documents such as the oldest formerly classified document held by the CIA (how to make invisible ink, 1918) and intelligence reports that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack the United States (2001)

19. Ceo, China: the rise of Xi Jinping / Brown, Kerry Kerry Brown - London: II.B. Tauris, 2016

Abstract: China has become the powerhouse of the world economy, its incredible boom overseen by the elite members of the secretive and all-powerful communist party. But since the election of Xi Jinping as General Secretary, life at the top in China has changed. Under the guise of a corruption crackdown, which has seen his rivals imprisoned, Xi Jinping has been quietly building one of the most powerful leaderships modern China has ever seen. In CEO China, the noted China expert Kerry Brown  reveals the hidden story of the rise of the man dubbed the 'Chinese Godfather'. Brown investigates his relationship with his revolutionary father, who was expelled by Mao during the Cultural Revolution, his business dealings and allegiances in China's regional power struggles and his role in the internal battle raging between the old men of the Deng era and the new super-rich 'princelings'. Xi Jinping's China is powerful, aggressive and single-minded and this book will become a must-read for the Western world.

20. Chemical control: regulation of incapacitating chemical agent weapons, riot control agents and their means of delivery / Crowely, Michael Michael Crowely - New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016

Abstract: This thoroughly researched study highlights the international community's failure to regulate contemporary state research, development, marketing and/or deployment of riot control agents and incapacitating chemical agent weapons.

21. China and Tibet: the perils of insecurity / Tsering Topgyal - London: Hurst & Company, 2016

Abstract: Over sixty years of violence and dialogue have brought China and the Tibetans no closer to a resolution of their conflict. TestingTopgyal argues that it is China's sense of insecurity, its perception of itself as a socio-politically weak state, which has disproportion influenced its policies towards the religion, language, education and economy of Tibet. Beijing has also denied the existenceof a 'Tibet Issue' and rejected several Tibetan proposals for autonomy, fearful that they might undermine its state-building project in Tibet.

22. China in the era of XI Jinping: domestic and foreign policy challenges / Ross, Robert S., Ed. Edited by Robert S. Ross and Jo Inge Bekkevold - Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2016.

Abstract: In this collection, leading scholars from the United States, Asia, and Europe examine both the prospects for China's continuing rise and the emergent and unintended consequences posed by China's internal instability and international assertiveness. Contributors examine domestic challenges surrounding slowed economic growth, Xi's anti-corruption campaign, and government efforts to maintain social stability. Essays on foreign policy range from the impact of nationalist pressures on international relations to China's heavy-handed actions in the South China Sea that challenge regional stability and US-China cooperation.

23. China's evolving military strategy / Mcreynolds, Joe, Ed. Edited by Joe Mcreynolds - Washington: The Jamestown Foundation, 2016

Abstract: China's Evolving Military Strategy aims to bring knowledge of these important developments to a mass audience of China watchers, policymakers, and the broader foreign policy community by providing a sector-by-sector analysis of changes in the PLA’s thinking and approach from the previous edition of SMS to the present. Each chapter addresses the implications for a different portion of the Chinese military, ranging from the air, sea, and space domains to cyberspace and electromagnetic warfare, and each is written by one of the world's foremost experts on that subsection of China's military development. China's Evolving Military Strategy will serve as the cornerstone reference for a generation to come on one of China's most important declarations of its military-strategic goals and intentions.

24. China's frontier regions: ethnicity, economic integration and foreign relations / Clarke, Michael E., Ed Edited by Michael E. Clarke and Douglas Smith - London: I.B. Tauris, 2016

Abstract: China has traditionally viewed her frontier regions – Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia and Yunnan – as buffer zones. Yettheir importance as commercial and cosmopolitan hubs, intimately involved in the transmission of goods, peoples and ideas  between China and its western and southwestern regions has meant they are crucial for China’s ongoing development. The  resurgence of China under Deng Xiaoping’s policy of ‘reform and opening’ has thus led to a focus on integrating these regions  into the PRC (People’s Republic of China).

25. China's military transformation: politics and war preparation / You Ji - UK: Polity, 2016

Abstract: China s military transformation is one of the major geo-strategic developments of the 21st Century. Billions of dollars are being spent modernizing The People s Liberation Army (PLA) as China seeks to upgrade and expand its military capabilities to rival the US. In this cutting-edge analysis, You Ji, a leading expert on China s military affairs, explores the changes taking places within the PLA today, covering its ground, aerospace and maritime forces, its ability to meet asymmetric threats, and the growing role played by the People s Armed Police in quelling dissent in China. He shows how these transformations in personnel, technology and strategic goals are slowly driving a wedge between China s two most powerful institutions. Until recently, relations between the CCP and PLA were harmonious, but as the PLA becomes increasingly professionalized and autonomous so its unconditional loyalty to the ruling Party may weaken. The changing relationship between the CCP and PLA, he argues, is likely to have profound implications for China s own political development and the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region.

26. China's next strategic advantage: from imitation to innovation / Yip, George S. George S. Yip and Bruce McKern – London: The MIT Press, 2016

Abstract: The history-making development of the Chinese economy has entered a new phase. China is moving aggressively from a strategy of imitation to one of innovation. Driven both by domestic needs and by global ambition, China is establishing itself at the forefront of technological innovation. Western businesses need to prepare for a tidal wave of innovation from China that is about to hit Western markets, and Chinese businesses need to understand the critical importance of innovation in their future.

27. China's regional development and Tibet / Guo, Rongxing  - New York: Springer, 2016

Abstract: This book pursues both narrative and analytic approaches to better understand China’s spatial economic development and its implications for Tibet. Accordingly, this book focuses on Tibet – an autonomous region in the far west of China – as the subjectof an in-depth case study, highlighting its unique geopolitical and socioeconomic features and external and boundary conditions. China’s great diversity in terms of physical geography, resource endowment, political economy, and ethnicity and religion has posed challenges to the studies of spatial and inter provincial issues. Indeed, the Chinese nation is far too huge and  spatially diverse to be easily interpreted.

28. China's twentieth century: revolution, retreat and the road to equality Wang Hui - London: Verso, 2016

Abstract: What must China do to become truly democratic and equitable? This question animates most progressive debates about this potential superpower, and in China’s Twentieth Century the country’s leading critic, Wang Hui, turns to the past for an answer. Beginning with the birth of modern politics in the 1911 revolution, Wang tracks the initial flourishing of political life, its blossoming in the radical sixties, and its decline in China’s more recent liberalization, to arrive at the crossroads of the present day. Examining the emergence of new class divisions between ethnic groups in the context of Tibet and Xinjiang, alongside the resurgence of neoliberalism through the lens of the Chongqing Incident, Wang Hui argues for a revival of social democracy as the only just path for China’s future.

29. The China triangle: Latin America;s china boom and the fate of the Washington Consensus /Gallagher, Kevin P. Kevin P. Gallagher - New York: Oxford University Press, 2016

Abstract: With President Hu Jintao's November 2004 visit to Latin America, China signaled to the rest of the world its growing interest in the region. Many observers welcome this development, highlighting the benefits of increased trade and investment, as well as diplomatic cooperation, for both sides. But other analysts have raised concerns about the relationship's impact on Latin American competitiveness and its implications for U. S. influence in Washington's traditional backyard. In China's  Expansion into the Western Hemisphere, experts from Latin America, China, and the United States, as well as Europe, analyze the history of this triangular relationship and the motivations of each of the major players.

30. Chinese foreign relations with weak peripheral states: asymmetrical economic power and insecurity / Reeves, Jeffery Jeffery Reeves - London: Routledge, 2016

Abstract: China’s foreign policy concepts toward its weak neighbouring states, such as the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy, are premised on the assumption that economic exchange and a commitment to common development are the most effective means of ensuring stability on its borders. This book, however, argues that China’s over reliance on economic exchange as the basis for its bilateral relations contains inherently self-defeating qualities that have contributed and can further contribute to instability and insecurity within China’s periphery. Unequal economic exchange between China and its weak neighbours results in Chinese influence over the state’s domestic institutions, what this book refers to as ‘structural power’.

31. Comic democracies: from ancient Athens to the American republic / Fletcher, Angus Angus Fletcher – Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016

Abstract: For two thousand years, democratic authors treated comedy as a toolkit of rhetorical practices for encouraging  problem-solving, pluralism, risk-taking, and other civic behaviors that increased minority participation in government. Over the past two centuries, this pragmatic approach to extending the franchise has gradually been displaced by more idealistic democratic philosophies that focus instead on promoting liberal principles and human rights. But in the wake of the recent "democracy recession" in the Middle East, the Third World, and the West itself, there has been renewed interest in finding practical sources of popular rule. Comic Democracies joins in the search by exploring the value of the old comic tools for growing democracy today

32. Commercialization and privatisation of outer space: issues for national space legislation / Rao, R. Venkata, Ed Edited by R. Venkata Rao and Abhijeet Kumar - New Delhi: KW Publishers, 2016

Abstract: This book is a compilation of the papers presented in a round table conference on "Commercialization and Privatization of Outer Space: Issues for National Space Legislation" organized by the National Law School India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, in association with TMT Law Practice, New Delhi. The book is the first of its kind as it contains a compilation of scholarly papers written by space experts, drawing from the experiences of academicians, attorneys and those in the industry reflecting upon the commercial aspect of space activities and the underlying legal landscape governing them. It addresses the necessity for private sector participation in outer space and the need for a national space legislation for India. It discusses India's international obligation; reflects upon relevant principles and rules of the international space law; studies the  laws of space faring nations and outlines the minimum legislative agenda as to what should be the content of such a legislation. It also discusses legal issues relating to commercial space activities like remote sensing and space transportation. Privatization aspects of the PSLVs have also been discussed.

33. The Concise Oxford companion to economics in India / Basu, Kaushik, Ed. Edited by Kaushik Basu and Annemie Maretens - New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

Abstract: The Concise Oxford Companion to Economics in India provides readers with issues and concepts that will help them form their own opinion about diverse questions related to the Indian economy. With more than 120 entries arranged sectorally and a statistical appendix that provides key comparative data and data sources, this authoritative yet accessible companion can be used by students of economics and management, business executives, journalists, bureaucrats, and business analysts.

34. Conflicting visions: Canada and India in the cold war world, 1946-76 / Touhey, Ryan M. Ryan M. Touhey Toronto: UBS Press, 2015

Abstract: In 1974, India shocked the world by detonating a nuclear device. In the diplomatic controversy that ensued, the Canadian government expressed outrage that India had extracted plutonium from a Canadian reactor donated only for peaceful purposes. In the aftermath, relations between the two nations cooled considerably. As Conflicting Visions reveals, Canada and India's relationship was turbulent long before the first bomb blast. Canada's expectations of how the former British colony would behave following its independence in 1947 led to a series of misperceptions and miscommunication that strained bilateral relations for decades.

35. Constitutionalism across borders in the struggle against terrorism / Fabbrini, Federico, Ed. Edited by Federico Fabbrini and Vicki C. Jackson - USA: Edward Elgar, 2016

Abstract: This edited collection explores the topic of constitutionalism across borders in the struggle against terrorism, analyzing how  constitutional rules and principles relevant in the field of counter-terrorism move across borders. Various chapters underline  how constitution-like norms consolidate at the level of international and supranational organizations as a limit to the exercise of public power in the field of counter-terrorism policy, especially counter-terrorism financing.

36. A Contemporary Cuba reader: the revolution under Raul Castro -- 2nd Ed. Edited by Philip Brenner - London: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015

Abstract: This completely revised and updated edition focuses on Cuba since Raul Castro took over the country's leadership in 2006. A Contemporary Cuba Reader brings together the best recent scholarship and writing on Cuban politics, economics, foreign relations, society, and culture in present-day Cuba. Ideally suited for students and general readers seeking to understand this still-contentious and controversial island, the book includes a substantive introduction setting the historical context, as well as part introductions and a chronology. Supplementary resources for students and professors are available on the R&L website.

37. Counter terrorism: reassessing the policy response / Benoit Gomis - New York: CRC Press, 2016

Abstract: Counter terrorism: Reassessing the Policy Response promotes a more nuanced understanding of the effectiveness of current counter terrorism practices and the need for reform. It challenges government, media, and academic accounts that exaggerate terrorist threats, particularly in comparison to other threats such as organized crime. Author Benoît Gomis responds to the problem of overreaction with guidelines that address terrorism as a problem to be managed rather than as an existential threat that can be eradicated. He proposes a more realistic assessment of the threat from terrorism, domestic or international, by relating terrorism to broader security, social, and political contexts.

38. Crossing the kingdom: portraits of Saudi Arabia / Danforth, Loring M. Loring M. Danforth - USA: University of California Press, 2016

Abstract: "For many people, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia evokes images of deserts, camels, and oil, along with rich sheiks in white robes, oppressed women in black veils, and terrorists. But when Loring Danforth travelled through the country in 2011, he found a world much more complex and inspiring than he could have ever imagined. With vivid descriptions and moving personal narratives, Danforth takes us across the kingdom from the headquarters of Saudi Aramco, the country's national oil company, on the Persian Gulf to the centuries-old city of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast. He presents detailed portraits of a young woman jailed for protesting the ban on women driving, a Sufi scholar encouraging Muslims and Christians to struggle together with love to know God, and an artist citing the Qur'an and using metal gears and chains to celebrate the diversity of the pilgrims who come to Mecca"--Provided by publisher.

39. Cyber threat: the rise of information geopolitics in U. S. national security / Bronk, Chris Chris Bronk – California: Praeger, 2016

Abstract: This book examines the widely pervasive and enormously effective nature of cyber threats today, explaining why cyber attacks happen, how they matter, and how they may be managed. The book addresses a chronology of events starting in 2005 to comprehensively explain the international security dimension of cyber threat and vulnerability. It begins with an explanation of contemporary information technology, including the economics of contemporary cloud, mobile, and control systems software as well as how computing and networking—principally the Internet—are interwoven in the concept of cyberspace. Author Chris Bronk, PhD, then documents the national struggles with controlling information resources and protecting computer systems. The book considers major security cases such as Wikileaks, Stuxnet, the cyber attack on Estonia, Shamoon, and the recent exploits of the Syrian Electronic Army. Readers will understand how cyber security in the 21st century is far more than a military or defense issue, but is a critical matter of international law, diplomacy, commerce, and civil society as well.

40. Debating India: essays on Indian political discourse / Parekh, Bhikhu Bhikhu Parekh - New York: Oxford University Press, 2015

Abstract: Debating India traces the origins and development of the Indian tradition of public debate and the various forms it took at different times in Indian history. It examines some of the major debates that occurred during the independence struggle and the ways in which they structured the conceptual and moral parameters of the Indian political imagination. The debates involved Gandhi, Tagore, Nehru, Ambedkar, and Hindu militants, and centred on the kind of country India was and should aspire to be. Gandhis non-violent struggle claims to provide an answer to deep differences of views and conflicts of interest. Presenting riveting accounts, such as of Einsteins views on Gandhis philosophy of Ahimsa or of GandhiTagore debates, and through an imaginary dialogue between Gandhi and Osama bin Laden, Parekh critically examines the strengths and weaknesses of Gandhian philosophy.

41. Defeating ISIS: who they are, how they fight, what they believe / Nance, Malcolm Malcolm Nance - New York: Sky horse Punishing, 2016

Abstract: ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—has taken on the mantle of being the single most dangerous terrorist threat to global security since al-Qaeda. In Defeating ISIS, internationally renowned intelligence veteran, author, and counter terrorism expert  Malcolm Nance gives an insider’s view to explain the origins of this occult group, its violent propaganda, and how it spreads its ideology throughout the Middle East and to disaffected youth deep in the heart of the Western world.

42. Democratic peace across the middle east: Islam and political modernization / Edited by Yakub Halabi – London: I. B, Tauris, 2016

Abstract: Democracy and Development consists of two parts, each divided into three chapters. In the first half, the contributors examine the effects of external intervention, the pan-Islamist network and the satellite media on democratization in the Arab world. Their discussion then extends into (modern) transnational and international contexts. The second half of the book draws together another three contributions which analyze the crucial combination of internal and external forces in the cases of democratization in Turkey, pseudo-reforms by authoritarian regimes in Egypt, and the relationship between state and market economies in Syria.

43. Diplomacy and reform in Iran: foreign policy under Khatami / Wastnide, Edward Edward Wastnide - London: I. B. Tauris, 2016

Abstract: Nuclear power has for the most part dominated Western media and academic analyses concerning Iranian foreign policy in recent years. This focus, however, can be misleading, especially as regards the early presidency of Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005). In a riposte to Samuel Huntington s Clash of Civilisations theory, Khatami proposed that there ought to be a Dialogue among Civilisations . In this book, author examines Khatami s proposition, derived from the contemporary Iranian polymath Dariush Shayegan, not as a philosophical suggestion, but as a real foreign policy tool that enabled Khatami to make overtures towards the US. Across bi-lateral and multi-lateral examples, he explores its specific application and how it was used to create foreign policy and aid diplomacy. Furthermore, by placing the development of the idea within Iran s domestic political context, Wastnidge is also able to shed light onto the rise of the reform movement during this period. Based on extensive research, Diplomacy and Reform in Iran is a timely contribution to scholarship, and important reading for students and researchers of contemporary Iran and the complexities of Iranian foreign policy.

44. Diplomatic law : commentary on the Vienna convention on diplomatic relations / Denza, Eileen -- 4th ed Eileen Denza - New York: Oxford University Press, 2016 ISBN : 9780199216857

Abstract: Diplomatic Law was first published in 1976. Written with the benefit of the author's deep and practical understanding of the subject as a Legal Counselor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it has become widely regarded as the leading work in the field. Denza places each provision of the Convention in its historical context; provides commentary on the application of the Convention by the UK, the US, and other States; and thoroughly examines topical problems in the field including the abuse of diplomatic immunity and terrorist violence. This fully updated new edition also highlights important new trends in the application of the Convention regime. It explores the interaction between State and diplomatic immunity (as shown in the Pinochet case), examines methods of establishing and conducting diplomatic relations under conditions of physical danger, and looks at increased evidence of disregard for the rules of secrecy in diplomatic communications.

45. Displacement and exile: the state-refugee relations in India / Dasgupta, Abhijit Abhijit Dasgupta - New York: Oxford University Press, 2016

Abstract: This study highlights some emerging issues in the study of displaced persons in India, like the agency and voices of people who flee across an international border, the identities they forge for themselves, their relations with the hosts and their interactions with the state and non-governmental organizations. Three case studies are examined here: (a). 'Partition refugees', from East Pakistan to West Bengal, (b). Tamil refugees, from Sri Lanka to India and (c). Bangladesh Liberation War refugees from East Pakistan to West Bengal. The reader will find that each case is in itself highly complex. The treatment meted out to the displaced people in India has not been consistent. This study shows that the responses of the state to cross-border displacement have been varied over time and space. The Indian state has sovereign rights to decide who is to be considered as a refugee, who should receive relief and rehabilitation and who is to be repatriated. In the absence of national laws for the refugees in India, the state is the final arbitrator on all such matters.

46. The Domestic politics of global climate change: key actors in international climate cooperation / Bang, Guri, Ed. Edited by Guri Bang - UK: Edward Elgar, 2015

Abstract: This book compiles insights from experts in comparative politics and international relations to describe and explain climate policy trajectories of seven key actors: Brazil, China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, and the United States. Using a common conceptual framework, the authors find that ambitious climate policy change is limited by stable material parameters and that governmental supply of mitigation policies meet (or even exceed) societal demand in most cases. Given the important roles that the seven actors play in addressing global climate change, the book’s in-depth comparative analysis will help readers assess the prospects for a new and more effective international climate agreement for 2020 and beyond.

47. Drone warfare and warfare in a post-heroic age / Marouf Hasian - Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabam Press, 2016

Abstract: In the past decade, the United States has rapidly deployed militarized drones in theaters of war for surveillance as well as targeted killing. The swiftness with which drones were created and put into service has outstripped the development of an associated framework for discussing them, with the result that basic conversations about these lethal weapons have been stymied for a lack of a shared rhetoric. Marouf Hasian’s Drone Warfare and Lawfare in a Post-Heroic Age fills that critical gap.

48. Drones and unmanned aerial systems: legal and social implications for security and surveillance / Zavrsnik, Ales, Ed. Edited by Ales Zavrsnik - New York: Springer, 2016

Abstract: This book tackles the regulatory issues of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or Remotely-Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), which have profound consequences for privacy, security and other fundamental liberties. Collectively known as “drones,” they were initially deployed for military purposes: reconnaissance, surveillance and extrajudicial executions. Today, we are witnessing a of their use into the civilian and humanitarian domain. They are increasingly used for goals as diverse as news gathering, aerial inspection of oil refinery flare stacks, mapping of the Amazonian rain-forest, crop spraying and search and rescue operations.

49. East Asia's re-emergence / Philip S. Golub - UK: Polity, 2016

Abstract: East Asia has re-emerged after a long eclipse as a centre of world wealth creation and growth. Over the past four decades the region’s share of world GDP has risen from less than 10 to 30 percent, a ratio that is set to rise to 40 percent by 2030. What has made East Asia’s remarkable ascent possible, and what does this economic rebalancing between East and West mean for world politics? In this insightful and provocative book, Philip Golub addresses these questions, tracing the region’s rise from the early modern European-Asian encounter to the imperial confrontations of the nineteenth century, and China’s state capitalist turn in the latter half of the twentieth century. Together, he argues, the dynamics of imperialism, war and revolution led to the constitution of developmental states that made possible East Asia’s return to a central position in the global economy.

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