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GRC Annual Strategic Review

Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Jul 2022
Year of Publication: 2022
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalization in the Middle East

Author: Matteo Legrenzi Cilja Harders
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
Date of Publication: May 2009
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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India, GCC and the Global Energy Regime: Exploring Interdependence and Outlook for Collaboration

Author: Samir Ranjan Pradhan
Publisher: Academic Foundation
Date of Publication: Mar 2009
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Bound to Cooperate - Europe and the Middle East II

Author: Christian -Peter Hanelt Almut Moller
Publisher: Bertelsmann Stiftung
ISBN / EISBN: 3892048991
Date of Publication: Feb 2009
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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The objective of this book is to provide a platform for this debate about the European Union's future role as a player in the Middle East, at a crucial moment in EU-U.S.-Middle East relations. As the European Union re-organizes its Mediterranean policies and the United States vote a new president into office, the authors of this book discuss a wide range of topics related to European foreign policy in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and the Gulf region, Europe's role in the Arab-Israeli conflict and the state of transformation processes in the region.

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Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers and Warriors Shaped Globalization

Author: Nayan Chanda
Publisher: Yale University Press
Date of Publication: Jan 2009
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Climate Change and Economic Development: SEA Regional Modeling and Analysis

Author: Jamie Sanderson Sardar M N Islam
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication: Dec 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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National Perspectives on Globalization

Edited By: Paul Bowles, Henry Veltmeyer, and others
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication: Oct 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Thicker Than Oil: America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

Author: Rachel Bronson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: Sep 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
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Iran Oil: The New Middle East Challenge to America

Author: Roger Howard
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
Date of Publication: Jun 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Anti-American sentiments have risen to levels not seen since the 1980s. These senttiments affect US relations even with traditional allies in the Muslim world, like Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan, as well as with countries of the EU. The policies of the Bush administration, and esppecially the 2003 invasion of Iraq, are the most obvious cause of the world’s worsening image of the United States. However, Roger Howard’s Iran Oil: The New Middle East Challenge to America suggests that US economic pressures on Iran and those who would do business with it are also an important, albeit more subtle, source of the rising anti-Americanism.

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Middle East Oil Exporters: What Happened to Economic Development?

Author: Hossein Askari
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated
Date of Publication: Jun 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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The Political Economy of Saudi Arabia

Author: Prof. Tim Niblock Monica Malik
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: May 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Rebuilding Devastated Economies in the Middle East

Author: Leonard Binder
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication: Apr 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Engaging Iran: The Rise of a Middle East Powerhouse and America’s Strategic Choice

Author: Nathan Gonzalez
Publisher: Praeger Security International General Interest-Cloth
Date of Publication: Mar 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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India, China and Globalization: The Emerging Superpowers and the Future of Economic Development

Author: Piya Mahtaney
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication: Feb 2008
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Unconquerable Nation: Knowing Our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves

Author: Brian Michael Jenkins
Publisher: RAND Corporation
Date of Publication: Nov 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Terrorism literature has increased significantly in the last few years. But this book stands apart. Written by someone who has been conducting research on terrorism for 40 years, this book demands special attention. It is bound to find a place in all major libraries and reading lists for the subject.

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The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

Author: Alan Greenspan
Publisher: The Penguin Press
Date of Publication: Nov 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Alan Greenspan was appointed chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Federal Reserve on August 11, 1987. For most of his 18 years at the Fed he was widely regarded as the infallible oracle of economic policy. True to its origins, during this period the Fed remained a somewhat secretive or at least opaque organization. However, with the publication of The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, outsiders are provided with a glimpse of the Fed’s inner workings, its economic theories and, most importantly, the underlying philosophies upon which major decisions were based.

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Author: Naomi Klein
Publisher: Henry Holt
Date of Publication: Oct 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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By pure chance, two significant books on capitalism were published within weeks of one another in the early fall of 2007. The first (The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World), by the consummate insider, Alan Greenspan, examiines the inner workings of the capitalist system from the perspective of one who was perhaps as responsible as anyone for its spectacular successes in the 1990s. The second (The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism), by activist outsider, Naomi Klein, chronicles capitalism’s excesses and its dark side.

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Russia in the Middle East: Friend or Foe?.

Author: Andrej Kreutz
Publisher: Praeger
Date of Publication: Sep 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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This book describes Russian policy in the Middle East with particular focus on the post-Soviet period from 1991 to the present. The author pays attention, however, to previous Soviet and Imperial periods as necessary background to understanding recent events. He highlights both historical continuities as well as historical contrad dictions in the relations between Russia and the Middle East.

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A Political Economy of the Middle East

Author: Alan Richards John Waterbury
Publisher: Westview Press, USA
Date of Publication: Sep 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Although in the news daily, the economies of the Middle East have not attracted the ser rious academic attention one might expect. While highly specialized journal articles abound, there are only a limited number of books that provide comprehensive surveys of the region as a whole. True, masterful descriptive accounts of the region’s economies are available in books such as Charles Issawi’s An Economic History of the Middle East and North Africa, Roger Owen’s The Middle East in the World Economy, and A History of theMiddle Eastern Economies in the Twentieth Century (with Sevket Pamuk). However, with the release of the third edition of Richards and Waterbury’s classic work, A Political Economy of the Middle East, reader and researchers will again have at their disposal a single up to-date volume which not only cover ers the contemporary regional political economy in sufficient detail, but provides a proven framewr work for understanding the growing complexity of forces shaping events in the region.

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Arming Conflict: The Proliferation of Small Arms

Author: Mike Bourne
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication: Sep 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Concern about the spread and use of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) has developed rapidly since the mid 1990s given the bleak record. As Mike Bourne reminds his readers, SALW misuse in conflict and crime is estimated to result in over 500,000 deaths a year and countl-less other injuries. Moreover, in 90 percent of conf-flicts since 1990, SALW have been the primary weapons used in fighting, and have contributed to the increased proportion of civilian deaths in those conflicts. Armed violence perpetuated with SALW has devastating impacts that are not limi-ited to massive direct civilian casualties. Indirect effects of SALW and their misuse contribute to human insecurity, crippling burdens on the health care system, rising criminality and the privatizat-tion of security, violations of human rights, etc. Whereas the availability of SALW does not cause the outbreak of violence, it may make violence more feasible, more likely, and more destructive.

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Transition and Challenge: China’s Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Edited By: Zhongwei Zhao, Fei Guo
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: Sep 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Transition and Challenge: China’s Population at the Beginning of the 21st Century

Author: Zhongwei Zhao Fei Guo
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: Sep 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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This edited volume deals with China’s reccent demographic changes and their wide-cranging consequences as well as their long-cterm impact. Its main themes concern fertility, birth planning policies, population ageing, mortality and shifts in demographic patterns. The editors introdcduce the readers to China’s demographic transition and the development of population studies there. Zhongwei Zhao and Fei Guo point out that since the 1970s, people’s living standards have improved considerably with China becoming an economic superpower. China has also experienced great soccial and demographic changes in recent history. Furthermore, because of recent economic develocopment and relaxation of government control on population movement, internal migration has inccreased rapidly in the last two decades. However, at the regional level great discrepancies in fertility and mortality still exist due to considerable variatctions in government family planning policies, the implementation of family planning programs, people’s fertility regulating behavior and levels of socio-economic development.

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International Governance of War-Torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction

Author: Richard Caplan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: Sep 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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This book examines contemporary internattional administration of war-ttorn territortries. It explores the nature of these operations in terms of their mandates, structures, and powers. It considers primarily operations in Eastern Slavtvonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and East Timor but it draws selectively on relevant historic antecedents, including the International Control Commission for Albania (1913 t14); the League of Nations administrations of the Free City of Danzig (1919-t39), the Saarland (1920 t35), and Leticia (1933-t34); the Allied occupation of Germtmany and Japan in the aftermath of the Second World War; and the UN administration of trusteteeship territories.

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Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Author: Roger C. Riddell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: Aug 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Since the end of World War II support for aid has waxed and waned. But what has particularly characterized the post-war foreign aid enterprise is its durability: aid has managed to reinvent and renew itself. In particular, the first years of the 21st century have witnessed a steady expansion of aid and growing attention of political leaders to the problems of global poverty. This has resulted in aid being given a new prominence, with repeated pledges being made at world summits to provide more aid. Between 2004 and 2005, for instance, a massive jump in aid occurred from $80bn to over $100bn...

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Iran and the Bomb: The Abdication of International Responsibility

Author: Therese Delpech
Publisher: Hurst
Date of Publication: Aug 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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The international community has received Iran’s efforts to acquire nuclear weapons with great concern since it perceives that such acquisition will lead to dangerous instability in the Gulf region and beyond. There is concern that some countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey may be tempted to match Iran at least by acquiring similar nuclear fuel production technologies, while other powers may be tempted to strike militarily at Iran.

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Rescuing Afghanistan

Author: William Maley
Publisher: Hurst
Date of Publication: Aug 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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This book offers an informed analysis of events and situations as they affected Afghanistan between September 2001 and September 2005. In September 2001, the charismatic leader of Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban forces, Ahmed Shah Massoud, was murdered by Arab assassins, and terrorists killed thousands of people, of many nationalities, in the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. Four years later, in September 2005, Afghanistan witnessed elections for a new parliament, amid hopes that the country would finally recover from decades of misery and suffering. Within this period a remarkable endeavor had taken place, commencing with the onset of ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ on October 7, 2001, in which the international community, Afghan leaders, and millions of ordinary Afghans worked to pull their country out of the turmoil into which it had been thrust

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Russia Transformed: Developing Popular Support for a New Regime

Author: Richard Caplan William Maley Neil Munro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: Jul 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Post-communist transformation of Russia is a popular topic of research in political science/international relations. This book conceives ‘transformation’ as the creation of a fundamental discontinuity in the institutions of a society. Whereas an election can change the people and party in control of government while leaving its institutions intact, transformation changes the very structure of government. Hence, transformation differs from political reform: it is not an alteration of institutions to make the political system work better; it is a disruption of institutions that replace one political system with another. Transformation is an abnormal condition of society, because it involves fundamental changes in its central institutions.

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Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, and Democracy

Author: José Antonio Cheibub
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: Jul 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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This book considers a question which has been at the heart of many political debates: which type of governmental system to adopt, presidential or parliamentary? In short, the book is about the impact of parliamentary or presidential institutions on the survival of democracy. The author argues that the intrinsic features of presidentialism are not the reason why presidential democracies are more prone to break down. What causes their fragility is the fact that presidential institutions have been adopted in countries – as in Latin America – where any form of democracy is likely to perish.

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The Endurance of Nationalism

Edited By: Aviel Roshwald
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: Jul 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: Nationalism pervades the modern world, yet its origins, nature and prospects remain clouded by confusion and controversy. Identified as a quintessentially modern phenomenon by many scholars, it is seen as rooted in pre-modern traditions by a dissenting minority. Embraced as a vital framework for democratic self-determination by some, it is decried as the mortal enemy of tolerance and liberalism by others...

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Ethnicity and Electoral Politics

Edited By: Jóhanna Kristín Birnir
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: Jun 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: Of the models of political organization of states the most basic distinction is made between authoritarian and democratic regimes. The political conditions under which ethnic groups conduct their affairs in these two types of systems vary greatly. In democracies, ethnic groups participate along with other social groups in governing the country. In authoritarian politics, ethnic groups may hold the reins of power to the exclusion of other groups, they may be excluded completely from governance, or they may share in the governance of the country with other social groups. It is democracies, however, that provide the domain for the study of ethnic politics in this book...

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Losing Arab Hearts and Minds: The Coalition, Al-Jazeera and Muslim Public Opinion

Edited By: Steve Tatham
Publisher: Hurst
Date of Publication: Jun 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: Steve Tatham’s book starts with the observation that the 9/11 attacks horrified not only western citizens but also moderate Muslims around the world. Consequently, an unexpected degree of solidarity appeared to flicker in the international community. In the aftermath of 9/11, there was wide condemnation of Al-Qaeda acts, and a majority of those polled had a favorable sentiment towards the United States and all that it stood for. Yet within two years the pain and distress of that event and the unifying sympathy it elicited throughout most of the world was squandered – not necessarily through the invasion of Afghanistan, but through the subsequent war in Iraq which many of the closest friends of the United States did not support. Tatham argues that having largely lost international support, the United States failed to get its justification and messages across to skeptical international audiences, particularly in the Arab world. The massive efforts of the Coalition’s covert information operation – the leaflets and radio broadcasts, the text messages and e-mails – were only partly effective in the absence of honest and transparent engagement with the region’s media...

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Global Financial Warriors: The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post-9/11 World

Edited By: John B. Taylor
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Date of Publication: Jun 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: As the title suggests, Global Financial Warriors provides an insider’s account of the United States response to a myriad of financial challenges following the 9/11 attacks. The author, John Taylor, under secretary of Treasury for International Affairs (2001-2005), was largely responsible for the creation of teams of “financial warriors” – an international coalition of mostly anonymous experts from state agencies, international financial institutions and private businesses.

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The Endurance of Nationalism

Author: Aviel Roshwald
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: Jun 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Nationalism pervades the modern world, yet its origins, nature and prospects remain clouded by confusion and controversy. Identified as a quintessentially modern phenomenon by many scholars, it is seen as rooted in pre-modern traditions by a dissenting minority. Embraced as a vital framework for democratic self-determination by some, it is decried as the mortal enemy of tolerance and liberalism by others.

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When States Fail: Causes and Consequences

Edited By: Robert I. Rotberg
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Date of Publication: Jun 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: When States Fail starts with the assumption that the rise and fall of nation-states is not new, but in the modern era when nation-states constitute the building blocks of the world order, the violent disintegration of select African, Asian, and Latin American states threatens the very foundation of that system. Divided into two parts – “The Causes and Prevention of Failure” and “Post-Failure Resuscitation of Nation-States” – the book explores the nature of failure and collapse among the developing world’s nation-states, and examines how such faltering or destroyed states may be resuscitated. In addition, the volume analyses the nature of state weakness, and advances reasons why some weak states succumb to failure, or collapse, and why others, in seemingly more strained circumstances, remain weak and at risk but do not destruct...

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What’s Wrong with Terrorism?

Author: Robert E. Goodin
Publisher: Polity Press
Date of Publication: Jun 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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That there are a great many things wrong with terrorism is widely acknowledged by people at large, policy makers, and academics alike. The specific question of this book, however, is: What is the distinctive wrong of terrorism? What makes terrorists different from, and morally even worse than, ordinary murderers, kidnappers and so on? The analysis of this book takes off from the assertion that any sensible definition of ‘terrorism’ must include, as a central feature, the fact that it involves the strategic use of terror. That is to say, terrorism is fundamentally strategic, and it is fundamentally aimed at instilling terror.

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The West at War

Edited By: Bradley C. S. Watson
Publisher: Lexington Books
Date of Publication: May 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: The working assumption of this volume is that there is such a thing as “the West,” and that Western civilization as a whole – not only the United States – is implicated in the ongoing conflicts. Implicit in the majority of contributions in this book is an endorsement of a thesis of clash of civilizations between the West and Islam...

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Imperialism on Trial: International Oversight of Colonial Rule in Historical Perspective

Edited By: R.M. Douglas, Michael D. Callahan, Elizabeth Bishop
Publisher: Lexington Books
Date of Publication: May 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: This book consists of a collection of seven papers which discuss the mandates and the trusteeship systems as they emerged and developed under the League of Nations and the United Nations. The analysis focuses on various themes, including: international status of the selected case studies of the mandates and trusteeships and their administration by the mandatory power. The analysis also elaborates upon the various political debates that sprang up vis-à-vis the prevailing imperialist doctrine of the time and how could such doctrine be reconciled with the developments which took place between the two World Wars and their aftermath...

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Paradoxical Citizenship: Edward Said

Edited By: Silvia Nagy-Zekmi
Publisher: Lexington Books
Date of Publication: May 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: This volume offers a theoretical critique of the work and lifetime achievements of Edward Said (1935-2003) – a distinguished intellectual, teacher, writer and artist – who dedicated his life to the concerns of those who lacked power, who were weak and unrepresented. At the same time, the volume is intended to be a homage to Edward Said showing the profound impact of his work...

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Understanding The World Economy

Edited By: By: Tony Cleaver
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: May 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: The major theme of this book may be described as that of economic injustice, i.e., unequal distribution of global incomes. One basic assumption which permeates Tony Cleaver’s analysis is that normative economic problems exist in both command and market economies and solving these problems – getting the mix right between how far markets should be left to themselves and how far central authorities should intervene – is the business of political economy of each and every country...

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Apologia Politica: States and their Apologies by Proxy

Edited By: Girma Negash / Reviewed by: Gulf Research Center
Publisher: Lexington Books
Date of Publication: Apr 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: Curiosity about the apology phenomenon is generating new scholarship to clarify meaning and better understand the dynamics of different kind of apologies. Girma Negash's book adds to this exploration. The author addresses the question about whether states can successfully apologize and the extent of political constraints on their apologies as well as their moral limits...

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Human Rights

Author: Anthony Woodiwiss
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: Mar 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

This book provides an account of the ways in which rights discourse has developed in four key sites, namely: Britain, the United States of America, Japan, and the United Nations. Anthony Woodiwiss explores the questions: How did human rights become entangled with power relations, and how might the nature of such entanglement be altered for human rights to better serve the global majority? In doing so he engages with the work of formidable thinkers such as John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, Barrington Moore, Norbert Elias, and Michael Foucault...

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The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank and Their Borrowers

Publisher: Ithaca and London
Date of Publication: Mar 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

This is a book about the relationship between political power, economists, and borrowing governments in the work of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. The book sets out to untangle how politics, ideology, and economics drive these institutions, and explains the rationale of their actions and how their behavior has evolved over time.

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Regional Security in the Middle East: A Critical Perspective

Author: Pinar Bilgin
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: Mar 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

In the words of its author, this book could be viewed as an attempt to gain greater understanding of regional (in)security in the Middle East through telling about it to others. While accepting that some of the items of the traditional security agenda retain their pertinence, the book argues that critical approaches to security are relevant in the Middle East...

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Another Bloody Century: Future Warfare

Author: Colin S. Gray
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Date of Publication: Feb 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

International Relations has become so diversified that it is sometimes forgotten that the discipline was established to study the phenomenon of war, in the first place. Yet the frequent occurrence of war reminds one repeatedly of the old saying: ‘If you are not interested in war, war is interested in you’. This timely, and thought-provoking book provides a realistic reading of past and current warfare (i.e., the conduct of war) with a view to deduct conclusions about the future of warfare...

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Essence of Diplomacy

Author: Christer Jönsson Martin Hall
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN / EISBN: 978-0-230-51104-0
Date of Publication: Feb 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

Extract: Despite the contribution of diplomacy to the understanding of what goes in world politics, the study of diplomacy has been marginalized within the field of International Relations (IR). This book attempts to theorize an under-theorized field, that of diplomacy, by reflecting upon the works of others who have tended to study diplomacy more from a practioner’s or a historian’s standpoint...

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A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order

Author: William Engdahl
Publisher: Pluto Press
Date of Publication: Feb 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

In the words of its author, this book ‘seeks to shed light on some lesser known aspects of our history, in an effort to encourage ordinary citizens to reflect on longer-term consequences of what our governments do with our mandate.’ The book suggests that the US agenda in Iraq was about oil, but not about oil in the simple sense many believed. This war (2003) was not an issue of corporate greed but about geopolitical power above all. Engdahl’s book seeks to provide an analysis of power politics centred on the politics of oil. The last century was the American Century which rested on two pillars: the uncontested roles of US military power, and of the dollar as world reserve currency. The power of the dollar and the power of the US military had been uniquely intertwined with one commodity: petroleum. As Henry Kissinger once said: ‘Control energy and you control the nations.’...

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Hamas: Unwritten Chapters

Edited By: Azzam Tamimi
Publisher: Hurst
Date of Publication: Feb 2007
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: This is a book that provides a detailed account of the Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine – better known as Hamas – from a Hamas perspective. Azzam Tamimi argues that Hamas is an organization of Arabs and Muslims who happen to be Palestinian, victims of a Jewish state in the very heart of Arab and Muslim lands. Israel is their oppressor who has deprived them of their land and persecuted them for generations. Although the struggle against Israel is top on Hamas’s agenda, it is by no means its only raison d’etre...

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Iraq in Fragments: The Occupation and its Legacy

Author: Eric Herring Glen Rangwala
Publisher: Hurst
Date of Publication: Feb 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

This volume provides a compelling analysis of the consequences of the US-led invasion of Iraq. It is a first rate account of the underlying problems of the processes of state building in post-Saddam Iraq. Eric Herring and Glen Rangwala suggest that state building in Iraq has been undermined more by US attempts to control that process rather than by pre-existing weaknesses in the Iraqi state. In their view, the US has been unable to draw the various elements of Iraqi society into cooperating actively with and participating in its state-building project in ways that would not challenge its control of the project’s broad parameters...

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Contemporary Debates on Nationalism: A Critical Engagement

Author: Umut Özkırımlı
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication: Jan 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Özkırımlı’s book engages critically with the theoretical and normative literature on nationalism. His analysis is guided by three interconnected claims. (1) Nationalism should not be taken for granted, but problematised with care. The best way to do this, the author suggests, is through a ‘social constructionist’ approach which identifies the contingent, heterogeneous and shifting nature of nations. (2) Nationalism cannot be understood properly without taking its normative dimension into account. This is so not least because nationalism is itself a normative principle, or an ethical doctrine, which states a view about how the world should be organised. (3) There is need to adopt a critical stance towards the existing nation-state order. Many of the age-old problems of human society such as – economic inequalities, wars or intolerance – are still with us. Given that the track record of nationalism in solving these multifarious problems has not been terribly encouraging, it is necessary to attempt a radical rethinking of the system of nation-states and a careful consideration of its alternatives. This is all the more important in today’s globalized world, where the successful resolution of the most urgent problems requires a greater level of international cooperation

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The Politics of Insecurity: Fear, Migration and Asylum in the EU

Edited By: Jef Huysmans
Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Jan 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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The Politics of Insecurity: Fear, Migration and Asylum in the EU

Author: Jef Huysmans
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: Jan 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

Security literature has grown proportionally with the debates about widening and deepening the subject in order to include referents other than military ones which characterised security literature during the cold war (arms control, nuclear deterrence the role of conventional arms, military alliances etc.) and look beyond the state as the main referent object of security. Hence since the early 1990s security analysts have argued continuously for or against moving beyond inter-state relations and including security questions such as population movements and environment degradation (this is what is known as the ‘widening debate’). Simultaneously with this debate run the debate about the deepening of the concept of security which challenged the state-centric nature of security studies by introducing non-state units, such as individuals, humanity, and society, as primary referent objects...

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Imperialism and Resistance

Author: John Rees
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: Jan 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

John Rees starts his analysis with the observation that there are three great powers in the modern world: the power of nation-states, of the international economy and of working people on whom all states, armies and corporations, ultimately depend. Many of the most important events in the modern world take place at the intersection where these three forces collide...

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Imperialism and Resistance

Edited By: John Rees
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date of Publication: Jan 2007
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Extract: John Rees starts his analysis with the observation that there are three great powers in the modern world: the power of nation-states, of the international economy and of working people on whom all states, armies and corporations, ultimately depend. Many of the most important events in the modern world take place at the intersection where these three forces collide...

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Trust and Mistrust in International Relations

Edited By: Andrew H. Kydd
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Date of Publication: Dec 2006
Year of Publication: 2006
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Trust is a central issue in international relations (IR), and that centrality is exemplified in the most important struggle of the second half of the twentieth century, the Cold War. The book of Andrew Kydd is about the role of trust and mistrust in international relations and the Cold War. Its basic assumption is that when states can trust each other, they can live at peace, provided that they are security seekers, uninterested in expansion for its own sake. States that are security seekers therefore pay close attention to the motivations of others, attempting to determine who is a fellow security seeker and who is more inherently aggressive. Trust, in this book, is defined as a belief that the other side is trustworthy, that is, willing to reciprocate cooperation, and mistrust as a belief that the other side is untrustworthy, or prefers to exploit one’s cooperation...

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Trust and Mistrust in International Relations

Author: Andrew H. Kydd
Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Dec 2006
Year of Publication: 2006
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

Trust is a central issue in international relations (IR), and that centrality is exemplified in the most important struggle of the second half of the twentieth century, the Cold War. The book of Andrew Kydd is about the role of trust and mistrust in international relations and the Cold War. Its basic assumption is that when states can trust each other, they can live at peace, provided that they are security seekers, uninterested in expansion for its own sake. States that are security seekers therefore pay close attention to the motivations of others, attempting to determine who is a fellow security seeker and who is more inherently aggressive. Trust, in this book, is defined as a belief that the other side is trustworthy, that is, willing to reciprocate cooperation, and mistrust as a belief that the other side is untrustworthy, or prefers to exploit one’s cooperation...

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Key Debates in New Political Economy

Author: Anthony Payne
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN / EISBN: 9780415397278
Date of Publication: Jun 2006
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

The first paper in Key Debates in New Political Economy is written by Anthony Payne and entitled ‘The Genealogy of New Political Economy.’ It describes the salient contributions made in an academic journal launched in 1996 titled New Political Economy. The aim of this journal is the creation of ‘a forum for work which seeks to bridge both the empirical and conceptual divides which have characterized the field of political economy in the past.’ This journal explores four major subfields of political economy: (1) comparative political economy, (2) political economy of the environment, (3) political economy of development, and (4) international political economy. New Political Economy encourages ‘conversations and exchanges of ideas and experiences across boundaries which in the past have often been unnecessarily fixed.’ Anthony Payne appraises the major intellectual debates with which the New Political Economy journal has been preoccupied over the last 10 years...

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Contemporary Economic Sociology: Globalization, Production, Inequality

Author: Fran Tonkiss
Publisher: Routledge
Date of Publication: Apr 2006
Year of Publication: 2006
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

This book explores key contemporary issues in the sociology of economic life. The starting points in the author’s analysis are accounts – advanced within historical sociology and critical geography – which set global economic arrangements within the long-term expansion of capitalism. Drawing on political economy frameworks, each of these accounts suggests that advanced economic forms remain susceptible to a neo-Marxist critique of capital...

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Russia Transformed: Developing Popular Support for a New Regime

Edited By: Richard Rose, William Mishler, Neil Munro
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date of Publication: Jul 2004
Year of Publication: 2009
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

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Abstract: Post-communist transformation of Russia is a popular topic of research in political science/international relations. This book conceives ‘transformation’ as the creation of a fundamental discontinuity in the institutions of a society. Whereas an election can change the people and party in control of government while leaving its institutions intact, transformation changes the very structure of government. Hence, transformation differs from political reform: it is not an alteration of institutions to make the political system work better; it is a disruption of institutions that replace one political system with another. Transformation is an abnormal condition of society, because it involves fundamental changes in its central institutions...

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Economic Nationalism In A Globalizing World

Author: Eric Helleiner Andreas Pickel
Publisher: Gulf Research Center
Date of Publication: Nov -0001
Year of Publication: 2007
Publications Categories: Book Reviews

Eric Helleiner and Andreas Pickel’s edited volume deals with international political economy and globalization. As Andreas Pickel points out in the Introduction, the volume has three central objectives: to offer a critique of the conventional view of economic nationalism; to reorient and broaden the discussion about the relationships between national identities and economic processes; and to contribute to debates about the role of ideas in the literature of international relations and international political economy...

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