Political Science



A Diplomatic Meeting

James Cooper
They were known as "political soulmates" who shared a "special relationship". Grounded in similar democratic systems, common historical discourses, and sustained military alliance through several of the twentieth century's most contentious conflicts, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and the American president Ronald Reagan shared a deep respect, admiration, and friendship, as well as similar ideologies. Many analysts and historians recycle a popular conception of...

Zero-Sum Victory

Christopher D. Kolenda
Why have the major, post-9/11, US military interventions turned into quagmires? Despite huge power imbalances, major capacity-building efforts, and repeated tactical victories by what many observers call the world's best military, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq turned bloody and intractable. The US government's fixation on zero-sum decisive victory is an important part of the explanation why successful military operations to overthrow two developing-world regimes failed...

In the Service of God and Humanity

Tunde Adeleke
Martin R. Delany (1812–1885) was one of the leading and most influential Black activists and nationalists in American history. His ideas have inspired generations of activists and movements, including Booker T. Washington in the late nineteenth century, Marcus Garvey in the early 1920s, Malcolm X and Black Power in 1960s, and even today's Black Lives Matter. Extant scholarship on Delany has focused largely on his Black nationalist and...

Voices of the Border

edited by Tobin Hansen, Engracia Robles Robles, María Engracia Robles Robles, foreword by Sean Carroll
Powerful personal accounts from migrants crossing the US—Mexico border provide an understanding of their experiences, as well as the consequences of public policy Migrants, refugees, and deportees live through harrowing situations, yet their personal stories are often ignored. While politicians and commentators mischaracterize and demonize, herald border crises, and...

Timber and Forestry in Qing China 

Meng Zhang, series edited byK. Sivaramakrishnan, foreword by K. Sivaramakrishnan

Smokescreen

Chad Hanson, Chad T. Hanson
Smokescreen cuts through years of misunderstanding and misdirection to make an impassioned, evidence-based argument for a new era of forest management for the sake of the planet and the human race. Natural fires are as essential as sun and rain in fire-adapted forests, but as humans encroach on wild spaces, fear, arrogance, and greed have shaped the way that people view these regenerative events and have given rise to misinformation. The peril...

The South Carolina State House Grounds

Lydia Mattice Brandt
The South Carolina State House grounds are a work in progress—a cultural landscape of human-built and natural components connected physically, conceptually, and aesthetically. As public property, the grounds should represent and welcome everyone in the state. While it is a beautiful space, it is not neutral. Over the past two centuries, various groups have jostled for political and cultural power, and the winners have used the grounds to assert their authority and broadcast...

Watchman at the Gates

George Joulwan, David Chanoff, Ph.D., foreword by Tom Brokaw
In Watchman at the Gates, General George Joulwan chronicles his exceptional career in the upper echelons of the armed forces. Present at both the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, he served multiple tours in Germany during the Cold War and two tours in Vietnam. By chance, he was recruited as Nixon's White House deputy chief of staff and witnessed the last acts of the Watergate drama first-hand. He went on to lead US...

After the End of History

edited by Mathilde Fasting, with Francis Fukuyama
Intimate access to the mind of Francis Fukuyama and his reflections on world politics, his life and career, and the evolution of his thought In his 1992 best-selling book The End of History and the Last Man, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama argued that the dominance of liberal democracy marked the end of humanity's political and ideological development. Thirty years later, with populism on the rise and the number of...

Diplomacy and the Future of World Order

edited by Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aall, foreword by William J. Burns, with contributions byFen Osler Hampson, Fen Osler Hampson, Pamela Aall, Pamela Aall, Jean Marie Guéhenno, Hans Binnendijk, Ana Palacio, Dmitri Trenin, Marcos Tourinho, Solomon Dersso, Shadi Hamid, Kanti Bajpai, See Seng Tan, Chas W. Freeman, Jr., Lise Morjé Howard, Toby Dalton, Samantha Bradshaw, Daniel Benjamin, Chester A. Crocker, Chester A. Crocker
Three scenarios for future approaches to peace and conflict...

Up in the Air?

edited by Tarik Jusić, Manuel Puppis, Manuel Puppis, Laia Castro Herrero, Davor Marko, Laia Castro Herrero , Davor Marko
The agenda for transition after the demise of communism in the Western Balkans made the conversion of state radio and television into public service broadcasters a priority, converting mouthpieces of the regime into public forums in which various interests and standpoints could be shared and deliberated. There is general agreement that this endeavor has...

Ireland's Helping Hand to Europe

Jérôme aan de Wiel, Jérôme Wiel
Post-war Marshall Plan aid to Europe and indeed Ireland is well documented, but practically nothing is known about simultaneous Irish aid to Europe. This book provides a full record of the aid – mainly food but also clothes, blankets, medicines, etc. – that Ireland donated to continental Europe, including France, the Netherlands, Hungary, the Balkans, Italy, and zones of occupied Germany. Starting with Ireland's neutral...

China's Strategic Arsenal

edited by James M. Smith, Paul J. Bolt, with contributions byJames M. Smith, Paul J. Bolt, Andrew Scobell, Christopher Twomey, Christopher P. Twomey, Sugio Takahashi, Hans M. Kristensen, Phillip C. Saunders, David C. Logan, Bates Gill, Nancy W. Gallagher, Brad Roberts
A critical look at how China's growing strategic arsenal could impact a rapidly changing world order China's strategic capabilities and doctrine have historically differed from the United States' and Russia's. China has...

The End of Asylum

Philip G. Schrag, Andrew I. Schoenholtz, Jaya Ramji-Nogales
The Trump administration's war on asylum and what Congress and the Biden administration can do about it Donald Trump's 2016 campaign centered around immigration issues such as his promise to build a border wall separating the US and Mexico. While he never built a physical wall, he did erect a legal one. Over the past three years, the Trump administration has put forth regulations, policies, and practices all designed to end opportunities for asylum seekers. If left unchecked,...

Communist Gourmet

Albena Shkodrova , Albena Shkodrova
Communist Gourmet presents a lively, detailed account of how the communist regime in Bulgaria determined people's everyday food experience between 1944 and 1989. It examines the daily routines of acquiring food, cooking it, and eating out at restaurants through the memories of Bulgarians and foreigners, during communism.In looking back on a wide array of issues and events, Albena Shkodrova attempts to explain the paradoxes of...

One Hundred Years of Communist Experiments

edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu, Vladimir Tismaneanu, Jordan Luber, Jordan Luber
Why has communism's humanist quest for freedom and social justice without exception resulted in the reign of terror and lies? The authors of this collective volume address this urgent question covering the one hundred years since Lenin's coup brought the first communist regime to power in St. Petersburg, Russia in November 1917. The first part of the volume is dedicated to the varieties of communist fantasies of...

Japanese Foreign Intelligence and Grand Strategy

Brad Williams
Incisive insights into the distinctive nature of Japanese foreign intelligence and grand strategy, its underlying norms, and how they have changed over time Japanese foreign intelligence is an outlier in many ways. Unlike many states, Japan does not possess a centralized foreign intelligence agency that dispatches agents abroad to engage in espionage. Japan is also notable for civilian control over key capabilities in human and signals...