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Challenges to Democracy in the Andes: Strongmen, Broken Constitutions, and Regimes in Crisis

Maxwell A. Cameron and Grace M. Jaramillo, editors
Although military coups are rare in the Andean countries, democracies remain prone to deep political crises caused by elected leaders (especially strongmen, or caudillos) who abuse their power—often with broad public approval. What explains this phenomenon? The authors of Challenges to Democracy in the Andes propose answers to this question. Offering an analytical framework that  More >

Small Armies, Big Cities: Rethinking Urban Warfare

Louise A. Tumchewics, editor
"Avoid cities or die within" has been the prevailing attitude in the military when it comes to waging war in urban areas. So why do armies continue to fight there? What tactical advantages do they seek? What pitfalls do they face, and how can they achieve success? The authors of Small Armies, Big Cities tackle these strategic questions, drawing on a range of cases to explore how  More >

The Corruption Dilemma: Controlling the Power of the Powerful

Stephen D. Morris
Continuing his deep study of the nature of political corruption, in his new book Stephen Morris confronts a fundamental dilemma: How can we control power, when power essentially determines what we can, and cannot, control? More specifically, how can we control the power of those actors who use that very power to influence our understanding of corruption and shape our efforts to fight it, all in  More >

The Political Economy of North Korea: Domestic, Regional, and Global Dynamics

Min-Hua Chiang, editor
Driven by foreign investments and exports, the economies of many East Asian countries have seen dramatic growth—but North Korea has lagged behind. Why? What are the country's prospects for development? In what ways do its external relations affect its domestic economy? To answer these questions, the authors of The Political Economy of North Korea delve deeply into the economic  More >

Policing and Politics in Latin America: When Law Enforcement Breaks the Law

Diego Esparza
Though police are supposed to serve and protect, they all too often rob and abuse. Why? And what can be done about it? That is the central puzzle addressed in this book. Drawing on the disparate cases of Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, Diego Esparza analyzes why some countries' police forces are more corrupt than others and considers what policy initiatives can turn an abusive police force  More >

Social Problems and Social Control in Criminal Justice

Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot
Today's headlines are rife with reports of hate crimes, domestic terrorism, drug abuse, police malfeasance, and many other profound social problems. Equally, there are discussions, often contentious, about how best to respond to the issues raised. Stacy Burns and Mark Peyrot explore government efforts to address social problems in the context of the criminal justice system.     More >

Islam in Russia: Religion, Politics, and Society

Gregory Simons, Eric Shiraev, and Marat Shterin, editors
Russia's Muslims, numbering some 15 million, constitute far from a homogeneous sociopolitical group. So ... What does it mean to be a Muslim in Russia today?  How is the image of Islam constructed, and how do the country's Muslims—and non-Muslims—perceive and react to it? These are the questions that gave rise to this book. Using a multidisciplinary approach, the  More >

Africa’s New Global Politics: Regionalism in International Relations

Rita Kiki Edozie and Moses Khisa
The African Union's threat to lead African states' mass withdrawal from the International Criminal Court in 2008 marked just one of many encounters that demonstrate African leaders' growing confidence and activism in international relations. Rita Kiki Edozie and Moses Khisa explore the myriad ways in which the continent’s diplomatic engagement and influence in the global arena  More >

Redefining Development: The Extraordinary Genesis of the Sustainable Development Goals

Paula Caballero with Patti Londoño
This extraordinary first-person story of what can be achieved through informal diplomacy traces the improbably successful struggle to achieve acceptance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—and thus transform the global development agenda—against all odds. Moving from the framing of the SDG concept through the entire negotiation process (including a trove of key documents),  More >

Isolating Qatar: The Gulf Rift, 2017–2021

Edward A. Lynch
In June 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE announced a comprehensive boycott of Qatar. Diplomatic ties were severed, trade was banned, and airspace was closed. Qatari nationals were expelled from all four countries. It seemed that disaster loomed for this small Gulf nation. But not so. Instead, in an unexpected turn of events, the Qatari government deftly used its enormous wealth and  More >
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