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  • Unrivaled by Michael Beckley
    Unrivaled (English, Hardback) Michael Beckley

    The United States has been the world's dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts believe that other countries are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the unipolar moment over? Is America finished as a superpower?In this book, Michael Beckley argues that the United States has unique advantages over other nations that...

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  • Why Intelligence Fails by Robert L. Jervis
    Why Intelligence Fails (English, Paperback) Robert L. Jervis

    Jervis examines the politics and psychology of two of the more spectacular intelligence failures in recent memory: the mistaken belief that the regime of the Shah in Iran was secure and stable in 1978, and the 2002 claim that Iraq had active WMD...

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  • The Origins of Alliances by Stephen M. Walt
    The Origins of Alliances (English, Paperback) Stephen M. Walt

    How are alliances made? In this book, Stephen M. Walt makes a significant contribution to this topic, surveying theories of the origins of international alliances and identifying the most important causes of security cooperation between states...

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  • Causes of War by Stephen Van Evera
    Causes of War (English, Paperback) Stephen Van Evera

    What causes war? How can military conflicts best be prevented? In this book, Stephen Van Evera frames five conditions that increase the risk of interstate war.

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  • Secession and Security by Ahsan I. Butt
    Secession and Security (English, Hardback) Ahsan I. Butt

    "The book is an excellent addition to the scholarly literature on subnational movements, both past and present, offering a range of insights to policymakers across the globe."-Ayesha Jalal, author of The Struggle for Pakistan "With judicious use of empirical evidence and rich case studies, Ahsan I. Butt makes a compelling case that states'...

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  • Corporate Warriors by P. W. Singer
    Corporate Warriors (English, Paperback) P. W. Singer

    Some have claimed that'War is too important to be left to the generals,'but P. W. Singer asks'What about the business executives?'Breaking out of the guns-for-hire mold of traditional mercenaries, corporations now sell skills and services that until recently only state militaries possessed. Their products range from trained commando teams to...

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  • Inadvertent Escalation by Barry R. Posen
    Inadvertent Escalation (English, Paperback) Barry R. Posen

    This sobering book demonstrates how the interplay between conventional military operations and nuclear forces could inadvertently produce pressures for nuclear escalation.

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  • Targeting Civilians in War by Alexander B. Downes
    Targeting Civilians in War (English, Paperback) Alexander B. Downes

    Accidental harm to civilians in warfare often becomes an occasion for public outrage, from citizens of both the victimized and the victimizing nation. In this vitally important book on a topic of acute concern for anyone interested in military...

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  • Liddell Hart and the Weight of History by John J. Mearsheimer
    Liddell Hart and the Weight of History (English, Paperback) John J. Mearsheimer

    This troubling book offers a striking illustration of how history can be used and abused-how a gifted individual can create their own self-serving version of the past.

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  • Just Politics by C. William Walldorf
    Just Politics (English, Hardback) C. William Walldorf, Jennifer L. Pierce

    Walldorf argues that Western governments can and must integrate human rights into their foreign policies. Failure to take humanitarian concerns into account, he contends, will only damage their long-term strategic objectives.

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  • Dangerous Sanctuaries by Sarah Kenyon Lischer
    Dangerous Sanctuaries (English, Paperback) Sarah Kenyon Lischer

    Vital reading for anyone concerned with how refugee flows affect the dynamics of conflicts around the world.

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  • Restraint by Barry R. Posen
    Restraint (English, Hardback) Barry R. Posen

    The United States, Barry R. Posen argues, has grown incapable of moderating its ambitions in international politics. In contrast to the failures and unexpected problems that have stemmed from America's consistent overreaching, Posen makes an urgent argument for restraint in the future use of U.S. military...

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  • Networks of Rebellion by Paul Staniland
    Networks of Rebellion (English, Paperback) Paul Staniland

    Paul Staniland explains why insurgent leaders differ so radically in their ability to build strong organizations and why the cohesion of armed groups changes over time during...

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  • Bombing to Win by Robert A. Pape
    Bombing to Win (English, Paperback) Robert A. Pape

    In this now-classic work of the theory and practice of airpower and its political effects, Robert A. Pape helps military strategists and policy makers judge the purpose of various air strategies, and helps general readers understand the policy debates.

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  • Myths of Empire by Jack Snyder
    Myths of Empire (English, Paperback) Jack Snyder

    Overextension is the common pitfall of empires. Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the varieties of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the traditional explanations offered by historians and political scientists.

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  • The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789-1989 by Mark L. Haas
    The Ideological Origins of Great Power Politics, 1789-1989 (English, Paperback) Mark L. Haas

    How do leaders perceive threat levels in world politics, and what effects do those perceptions have on policy choices? Mark L. Haas focuses on how ideology shapes perception. He does not delineate the content of particular ideologies, but rather...

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  • The Mediation Dilemma by Kyle Beardsley
    The Mediation Dilemma (English, Hardback) Kyle Beardsley

    While mediation has a strong record in reducing hostilities, it is not without its own problems. In The Mediation Dilemma, Kyle Beardsley highlights its long-term limitations.

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  • Alliance Politics by Glenn H. Snyder
    Alliance Politics (English, Paperback) Glenn H. Snyder

    Glenn H. Snyder creates a theory of alliances by deductive reasoning about the international system, by integrating ideas from neorealism, coalition formation, bargaining, and game theory, and by empirical generalization from international history...

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  • Undermining the Kremlin by Gregory Mitrovich
    Undermining the Kremlin (English, Paperback) Gregory Mitrovich

    Mitrovich argues that the Cold War policy of containment was only the first step in America's clandestine campaign to destroy Soviet power, revealing a range of previously unknown covert actions launched during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.

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  • Final Solutions by Benjamin A. Valentino
    Final Solutions (English, Paperback) Benjamin A. Valentino

    Benjamin A. Valentino finds that ethnic hatreds or discrimination, undemocratic systems of government, and dysfunctions in society play a much smaller role in mass killing and genocide than is commonly assumed. He shows that the impetus for...

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