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Book Alert   December 2009
After Putine's Russia: past imperfect, future uncertain / Stephen K. Wegren and Dale R. Herspring. Lanham: Rowman & LIttlefield Publishrs, 2010

Putin's Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain is completely updated and expanded to provide the most current and complete review of Russia under President Vladimir Putin available. New chapters include analysis of Putin's government during both headline news events like the Kursk disaster as well as foundation issues such as health and agriculture. Previous chapters have been updated and expanded to include events through 2003

After the TALIBAN: life and security in rural AFGHANISTAN / Neamatollah Nojumi, Dyan Mazurana, and Elizabeth Stites. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009

TDespite the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains a country in dire need of strong international support. This fascinating and clearly written book mines a rich and unique array of data, which was collected in rural areas of Afghanistan by an expert team of researchers, to analyze countrywide trends in the relationship between human security and livelihoods. The team's research and recommendations are published here for the first time.

Almost madam president: why Hillary Clinton "won" in 2008 / Nichola D. Gutgold. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2009

This book takes the reader on a rhetorical journey through Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, focsuing on Clinton's sophisticated You Tube style announcement speech, the debates, and the many notable stump speeches and media events on the campaign trail. Along the way Gutgold examines the obstacles and opportunities of women as presidential candidates.

AMERICA'S 'special relationships': foreign and domestic aspects of the politics of alliance / Edited by John Dumbrell and Axel R. Schafer. London: Routledge, 2009

The essays vary in their focus; some are primarily historical, some are more contemporary. All consider the quality of 'specialness' in the context of America's relationship with particular countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Russia, Iran and Israel. The collection also concerns the relationship between the American state and key 'special' foreign policy interests, notably ethnic lobbies and religious groups.

American foreign affairs: a compact history / Gordon Tullock. New Jersey: World Scientific, 2009

This book provides a compact history of the gradual development of the US into a great power. Most histories of US foreign policy and development concentrate either on economic growth or on relations with the major powers outside the continental United States. This book, however, emphasizes the longstanding conflict between the US and the American Indians and Mexico, and how the development of the United States as a great power depended primarily on its seizure of large areas of land from their previous inhabitants.

Arab state and neoliberal globalization: the restructuring of state power in the Middle East / Laura Guazzone and Daniela Pioppi. Reading: Ithaca Press, 2009

This collection of essays by leading academics offers an alternative approach to the study of today's Arab states by focusing on their participation in neo-liberal globalization rather than on authoritarianism or Islam. The effects of the restructuring of traditional state power engendered by globalization are analyzed separately, through updated empirical research in the political, economic and security processes of each country considered. Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Saudi Arabia are the case studies selected to represent different paths towards a shared model of "new" Arab state which, far from representing an exceptional case of resilience against global trends, may be seen in many instances as typifying their effects.

Ashgate research companion ethics and international relations / Edited by Patrick Hayden. Surrey: Ash gate Publishing, 2009

While skepticism about the role of moral considerations in international politics has been influential within the discipline of international relations (IR), those writing on topics such as war, peace, rights and trade up until the twentieth century took seriously the importance of ethical values and moral debates. The 1990s and 2000s have seen a substantial growth of attention to the ways in which IR conceives and analyzes themes of an ethical nature, and how issues, problems and policies involving ethics are addressed by a variety of actors within the international system.

At reagan's side: insiders' recollection from sacramento to the white house / Stephen F. Knott and Jeffrey L. Chidester. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009

In At Reagan's Side, Reagan scholars Jeff Chidester and Stephen Knott compile excerpts from interviews of top Reagan officials. Through the Miller Center's Ronald Reagan Oral History Project, Chidester and Knott show readers the life of the "Great Communicator" through the eyes of both famous and lesser-known administration insiders like James Baker, Edwin Meese, Peter Hannaford, Caspar Weinberger, and Joanne Drake.

Banning weapons of mass destruction / Frederick N. Mattis. London: Praeger Security International , 2009

The threat of weapons of mass destruction is still viable, and unless proper motions are made to prohibit this, global safety is still at risk. Prior arms control agreements have moved humanity within striking distance of global prohibition, but yet these weapons of mass destruction remain. This enlightening work discusses original principles for a treaty banning nuclear and chem-bio weapons worldwide.

Barack Obama: the voice of an AMERICAN leader / Joann F. Price. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2009

By any measure, the 2008 presidential race has been historic. The race has created an enthusiasm and a high degree of interest in politics few have ever seen before. At the center of the race is Barack Obama, the first African American to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Beyond realism: human security in INDIA and PAKISTAN in the twenty-first century / Rekha Datta. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008

Focusing on India and Pakistan, this book adopts an innovative combination of realist analysis with a human security approach. It will be a valuable resource for a wide variety scholars, practitioners, and analysts who focus on policy analysis in South Asia. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates studying human security issues in South Asia and Comparative Politics in South Asia will find the volume's new focus on including human security as a policy priority.

Bimstec: Cooperation report 2008 / CSIRD. New Delhi: Bookwell, 2009


Border security in the Al-Qaeda Era / Edited by John A. Winterdyk and Kelly W. Sundberg. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2010

The events of 9/11 and other ongoing terrorist threats have taken interest in national security and border security to a heightened level of concern. An exploration of the trends and transformation of border security in the aftermath of 9/11, Border Security in the Al-Qaeda Era presents one of the first comprehensive analyses of not only the impact and consequence of 9/11 on border security but also its effects within the broader international context

Border trade: North-East INDIA and neighbouring countries / Edited by Gurudas Das and R.K. Purkayastha. New Delhi: Akansha Publishing House, 2000

This book is the result of an attempt made to assess the nature of trading activities across the borders between India's north-east and neighbouring countries. Attempts have been made to understand as to whether there exists any basis for trade in terms of compatibility between the resource/production structure of the north-eastern region and the demand structure of the neighbouring countries, particularly Bangladesh and Myanmar, with whom India is having significant trade relations.

Breakthrough: politics and race in the age of Obama / Gwen Ifill. New York: Doubleday, 2009

In The Breakthrough, veteran journalist Gwen Ifill surveys the American political landscape, shedding new light on the impact of Barack Obama's stunning presidential victory and introducing the emerging young African American politicians forging a bold new path to political power.

Budgets and budgetary procedures in India: 1947-48 to 2009-10 / M.M. Sury New Delhi: New Century Publications, 2009

This book provides an exhaustive and analytical account of budgetary developments in India since Independence in 1947 with focus on post 1991 reforms. The work is organized in 8 parts each dealing with some aspects of budgetary policy in India. Part I: Government Budgeting

Capitalizing on environmental injustice: polluter-industrial complex in the age of globalization / Daniel Faber. Lanham: Rowman & LittlefieldPublishers, Inc., 2008

Capitalizing on Environmental Injustice is a comprehensive assessment of the environmental justice movement, examining the achievements and challenges confronting the movement, along with an emphasis on new strategies of environmental problem-solving and innovations in environmental policy.

Channels of power: the UN Security Council and U.S. statecraft in IRAQ / Alexander Thompson. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009

Channels of Power addresses an important and fascinating issue using an innovative argument, careful theoretical reasoning, and sound empirical evidence. Alexander Thompson's book will stand out as a particularly valuable contribution to the literature on the Security Council, Iraq, and U.S. statecraft.

CHINA and EUROPE: implications of the rise of CHINA for EUROPE space / Klaus R. Kunzmann and Willy A. Schimd. London: Routledge, 2010

China and Europe & nbsp; address the challenges for the cities and regions of Europe that may be the consequences of such development trends. Contributions by policy-makers and academic observers will prepare the ground for debating the dimensions 'economy', 'knowledge and culture', 'environment and mobility', 'quality of life', and 'governance' of this challenge.

CHINA and INDIA in the age of globalization / Shalendra D. Sharma. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009

The spectacular rise of China and India, already looming on the horizon at the turn of the millennium, promises to cast a long shadow on the 21st century. Shalendra Sharma is unusually well qualified to analyze their economic and political development in comparative perspective. His well-written and wide-ranging book, focusing on these two giants' integration into the world economy, is aptly suited either for scholarly or recreational reading.

CHINA and international environmental liability: legal remedies for transboundary pollution / Michael Faure and Song Ying, Ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008

This book considers the ways in which transboundary environmental pollution can be remedied through a variety of legal instruments. Particular attention is paid to the pollution of the Songhua river in China, but legal remedies to transboundary pollution are also discussed in a broader context. The focus of this book is on international environmental law and international conventions as well as the application of national environmental law in a transboundary legal context.

CHINA from the inside out: fitting the People's Republic into the world / Ronald C. Keith. New York: Pluto Press, 2009

Many books claiming to aid our understanding of China are based on the assumption that it is destined to follow the model of the U.S.; war, empire and unilaterlism. Ronald Keith shows that this underplays the importance of China's domestic politics, which will be essential in shaping the country's role in the world. Highlighting the development over time of China's perception of its own "rise," the book integrates domestic perspective into critical analysis of the contemporary controversies concerning "socialism" versus "capitalism with Chinese characteristics," the struggle to create the rule of law and to foster human rights and elaboration of a new stage of democratic reform.

CHINA: has the last opportunity passed by?! / Guang Wu. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009

The first couple of years at the beginning of 21st century were a historically unique opportunity for the Chinese, not only because the Chinese economy grew at an amazingly rate, which shocked the world, but also more importantly the US was busy in the war against terror, and Russia was still not recovered from the collapse of the Soviet Union and was undergoing another painfully chaotic phase in her modern history. Japan was in deep trouble with her economy, and the reunion of two Germanys overwhelmed Germany.

CHINA'S TIBET Policy / B.K.P. Singh. New Delhi: Sumit Enterprises, 2009


Chinese WMD proliferation in ASIA: US response / Dr. Monika Chansoria. New Delhi: K W Publishers Pvt Ltd, 2009


Climate change: picturing the science / Gavin Schmidt and Joshua Wolfe. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009

An unprecedented union of scientific analysis and stunning photography illustrating the effects of climate change on the global ecosystem. Going beyond the headlines, this work by leading NASA climate scientist Gavin Schmidt and master photographer Joshua Wolfe illustrates as never before the ramifications of shifting climate. Photographic spreads show retreating glaciers, sinking villages in Alaska's tundra, and drying lakes.

Co-opting culture: culture and power in sociology and culture studies / B. Garrick Harden and Robert Carley. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009

Working from the idea that Sociology and Cultural Studies have developed distinct and valuable toolkits for understanding culture, Harden and Carley have brought together a collection of essays that address the ways in which the cultures around race, sex, and gender are mediated through or intersect with politics, society, and economy.

Collective responsibility of states to protect refugees / Agnes Hurwitz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009

This book presents a critical legal analysis of the mechanisms and arrangements devised by States to tackle secondary movements of refugees, and offers innovative solutions to the protection crisis afflicting the global refugee regime. After providing a comprehensive breakdown of the various legal tools used by States to combat secondary refugee movements, the book argues that, while the legality of these various arrangements is seriously in doubt, the most appropriate way to address these protection failures is to strengthen and develop adequate international accountability mechanisms.

Competing voices from revolutionary Cuba / Peter Mckenna & John M. Kirk. Oxford: Greenwood World Publishing, 2009

Using a huge array of sources from the political, religious, social, artistic and personal spheres, the story of Cuba, so often linked with the neighbouring US, is set in its historical context and rigorously examined. Issues examined include: the Revolution and upheaval that followed; the Cuban missile crisis; Cuba's position in COMECON; the rise of Cuba's profile in the 1980s; the crisis that followed the dismantling of the USSR; Cuba in the C21st and its future.

Conflict and insurgency in the contemporary Middle East / Edited by Barry Rubin. London: Routledge, 2009

This book surveys the main conflicts and insurgencies in recent Middle East history, focusing mainly on the period since the 1980s. Taking a historical-analytical approach, it covers challenges from revolutionary groups, civil wars, and the main conventional wars in the region. In addition to providing detailed narratives, the contributors also analyse the lessons for political and military affairs stemming from these conflicts.

Conflict and security in central ASIA and the caucasus / Hooman Peimani. California: ABC Clio, 2009

This insightful work maps out the possibilities and dangers that lie ahead for the nations of Central Asia and the Caucasus. The book analyzes the current security situation and clarifies its historical context, identifying the factors that have shaped the security of these young nations since their independence. It also examines the parametersa political, economic, ethnic, energy, and military that will decide the security of the region in the future.

Congress and the CIA / L. Britt Snider. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009

This is a study of the CIA's relationship with Congress. It encompasses the period from the creation of the Agency until 2004-the era of the DCIs. When Congress created a new position in December 2004-the director of national intelligence-to supersede the director of central intelligence (DCI) as head of the US Intelligence Community, it necessarily changed the dynamic between the CIA and the Congress.

Constructing 21st century U.S. foreign policy: identity, ideology, and AMERICA'S world role in a new era / Karl K. Schonberg. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

Constructing Twenty-First Century U.S. Foreign Policy argues that American foreign relations under the Bush administration were driven by an ideological agenda derived from a particular interpretation of long-standing ideas about national identity. Drawing on constructivist and social-psychological IR theory, it suggests that these ideas led directly to the administration's choice to invade Iraq, its misunderstanding the kind of war the United States would face there, and its failure to quickly establish a stable democratic government following the invasion.

Constructing climate change legislation: background and issues / Edited by Gerald P. Over Hauser. New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2009

Sorting out the appropriate roles of each level of government in addressing climate change is far more complicated than the specific question of whether State climate change programs should be pre-empted. This Paper raises more comprehensive and complex questions that the Committee must consider: what roles are best played by each level of government as we marshal our country's resources to address climate change and how should these roles be reflected in Federal legislation.

Contemporary issues in international environmental law / Malgosia Fitzmaurice. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, 2009

This is a thoughtful and well-researched study of current issues in international environmental law. Malgosia Fitzmaurice's collection of essays is a welcome addition to the literature in this rapidly developing area of the law: it provides perspective on the environmental law issues discussed, but always against the background of the broader concepts and principles of general international law.

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