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Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution

by Elazar Barkan & Karen Barkey Columbia University Press (November 11, 2014)

This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and...


Schools for Conflict or for Peace in Afghanistan

by Dana Burde Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Foreign-backed funding for education does not always stabilize a country and enhance its statebuilding efforts. Dana Burde shows how aid to education in Afghanistan bolstered conflict both deliberately in the...


China's Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where It Will Lead

by Bruce Gilley Columbia University Press (March 12, 2004)

The end of communist rule in China will be one of the most momentous events of the twenty-first century, sounding the death knell for the Marxist-Leninist experiment and changing the lives of a fifth of humanity....


The Arab Uprisings Explained: New Contentious Politics in the Middle East

by Marc Lynch Columbia University Press (August 05, 2014)

Why did Tunisian protests following the self-immolation of Mohammed Bouazizi lead to a massive wave of uprisings across the entire Arab world? Who participated in those protests, and what did they hope to achieve?...


Between Ally and Partner: Korea-China Relations and the United States

by Jae Ho Chung Columbia University Press (November 28, 2006)

China and South Korea have come a long way since they were adversaries. The arc of their relationship since the late 1970s is an excellent model of East-West cooperation and, at the same time, highlights the...


Renegade Regimes: Confronting Deviant Behavior in World Politics

by Miroslav Nincic Columbia University Press (October 26, 2005)

Rogue states pursue weapons of mass destruction, support terrorism, violate human rights, engage in acts of territorial aggression, and pose a threat to the international community. Recent debates and policy...


Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-Taiwan-China Crisis

by Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Columbia University Press (March 24, 2005)

Today the most dangerous place on earth is arguably the Taiwan Strait, where a war between the United States and China could erupt out of miscalculation, misunderstanding, or accident. How and to what degree...


Beyond the Ivory Tower: International Relations Theory and the Issue of Policy Relevance

by Joseph Lepgold & Miroslav Nincic Columbia University Press (November 22, 2001)

The gap between academics and practitioners in international relations has widened in recent years, according to the authors of this book. Globalization, ethnic conflict, and ecological threats have created...


Glimmer of a New Leviathan: Total War in the Realism of Niebuhr, Morgenthau, and Waltz

by Campbell Craig Columbia University Press (December 30, 2003)

The Second World War put an end to America's historical isolation from international power politics, and so also to the long-standing American defiance of the Realist ideology that shaped Old World affairs....


Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space

by James Clay Moltz Columbia University Press (April 29, 2014)

Written for all readers, this expert analysis details the basics of space technology, diplomacy, commerce, exploration, and military applications from the mid-twentieth century to today. Space has become increasingly...


Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East

by Joel S. Migdal Columbia University Press (February 18, 2014)

Joel S. Migdal focuses on the approach U.S. officials adopted toward the Middle East after World War II, one that paid scant attention to tectonic shifts in the region. The United States did not restrict its...


Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations

by Danielle L. Chubb Columbia University Press (January 21, 2014)

In South Korea, debate over relations with the North is a contentious subject that transcends traditional considerations of physical and economic security. Political activists play a critical role in shaping...


No Country: Working-Class Writing in the Age of Globalization

by Sonali Perera Columbia University Press (January 28, 2014)

Sonali Perera expands the discourse on working-class fiction by considering a range of international, noncanonical texts, identifying textual, political, and historical linkages overlooked by Eurocentric scholarship....


Anticipating a Nuclear Iran: Challenges for U.S. Security

by Robert L. Pfaltzgraff Jr. & Jacquelyn K. Davis Columbia University Press (December 17, 2013)

This volume assumes the worst: a defensive, aggressive Iran already possesses a nuclear arsenal. How should the United States handle this threat, and can it deter the use of such weapons? Through three scenario...


The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan

by Adam Clulow Columbia University Press (December 24, 2013)

The Dutch East India Company was a hybrid organization combining the characteristics of both corporation and state that attempted to thrust itself aggressively into an Asian political order in which it possessed...


Under Siege: P.L.O. Decisionmaking During the 1982 War

by Rashid Khalidi Columbia University Press (December 10, 2013)

A fascinating and often terrifying firsthand account of the 1982 war in Lebanon, Under Siege vividly reveals the complex negotiations and military maneuvers which ended with the evacuation of the P.L.O. from...


Sustaining India's Growth Miracle

by Jagdish N. Bhagwati & Charles W Calomiris Columbia University Press (May 06, 2008)

The economy of India is growing at a rate of 8 percent per year, and its exports of goods and services have more than doubled in the past three years. Considering these trends, economists, scholars, and political...


Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question

by Andrew Lakoff & Stephen J Collier Columbia University Press (October 21, 2008)

In recent years, new disease threats—such as SARS, avian flu, mad cow disease, and drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosis—have garnered media attention and galvanized political response. Proposals...


Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings

by Frederic M. Wehrey Columbia University Press (December 17, 2013)

One of Foreign Policy's Best Five Books of 2013, chosen by Marc

Lynch of The Middle East Channel

Beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and concluding with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, Frederic...


Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late

by Joseph Cirincione Columbia University Press (November 12, 2013)

There is a high risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many thought such threats ended with the Cold War or that current policies can...


Security and Profit in China's Energy Policy: Hedging Against Risk

by Øystein Tunsjø Columbia University Press (October 29, 2013)

China has developed sophisticated hedging strategies for managing the international petroleum market, maintaining a favorable energy mix, pursuing overseas equity oil production, building a state-owned tanker...


Counterinsurgency in Crisis: Britain and the Challenges of Modern Warfare

by Robert Egnell, David H. Ucko & Colin Gray Columbia University Press (October 08, 2013)

Long considered the masters of counterinsurgency, the British military encountered significant problems in Iraq and Afghanistan when confronted with insurgent violence. In their effort to apply the principles...


Contemporary Japanese Politics: Institutional Changes and Power Shifts

by Tomohito Shinoda Columbia University Press (May 14, 2013)

Decentralized policy-making power in Japan had developed under the long reign of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In the1990s, institutional changes were introduced, fundamentally altering Japan’s modern...


Democracy and Islam in Indonesia

by Mirjam Kunkler & Alfred Stepan Columbia University Press (August 27, 2013)

In 1998, Indonesia’s military government collapsed, creating a crisis that many believed would derail its democratic transition. Yet the world’s most populous Muslim country continues to receive high marks...


China's Uncertain Future

by Jean-Luc Domenach & George Holoch Columbia University Press (December 04, 2012)

Based on his experience as a scholar and diplomat stationed in China, Jean-Luc Domenach consults a wealth of archival and contemporary materials to examine China’s place in the world. A sympathetic yet critical...


Gendering Global Conflict: Toward a Feminist Theory of War

by Laura Sjoberg Columbia University Press (July 23, 2013)

Laura Sjoberg positions gender and gender subordination as key factors in the making and fighting of global conflict. Through the lens ofgender, she examines the meaning, causes, practices, and experiences of...


Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America

by Michael W. S. Ryan Columbia University Press (July 30, 2013)

By consulting the work of well-known and obscure al-Qaeda theoreticians, Michael W. S. Ryan finds jihadist terrorism strategy has more in common with the principles of Maoist guerrilla warfare than mainstream...


The Ethical Economy: Rebuilding Value After the Crisis

by Adam Arvidsson & Nicolai Peitersen Columbia University Press (July 30, 2013)

A more ethical economic system is now possible, one that rectifies the crisis spots of our current downturn while balancing the injustices of extreme poverty and wealth. Adam Arvidsson and Nicolai Peitersen,...


Tolerance, Democracy, and Sufis in Senegal

by Mamadou Diouf Columbia University Press (January 08, 2013)

This collection critically examines “tolerance,” “secularism,” and respect for religious “diversity” within a social and political system dominated by Sufi brotherhoods. Through a detailed analysis...


The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity's Moral Predicament

by Wael B. Hallaq Columbia University Press (November 20, 2012)

Wael B. Hallaq boldly argues that the “Islamic state,” judged by any standard definition of what the modern state represents, is both an impossible and inherently self-contradictory concept. Comparing the...


Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security

by Denny Roy Columbia University Press (June 11, 2013)

Despites China’s effort to maintain peace with its neighbors, its military and economic growth poses an undeniable threat. Regional states must account for a more powerful potential adversary in China, and...


Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda

by Douglas A. Chalmers Columbia University Press (January 15, 2013)

Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutions—elections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their...


Measured Excess: Status, Gender, and Consumer Nationalism in South Korea

by Laura C. Nelson Columbia University Press (December 06, 2000)

This insightful analysis of the ways in which South Korean economic development strategies have reshaped the country's national identity gives specific attention to the manner in which women, as the primary...


Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, 1991-1996

by Dalia Dassa Kaye Columbia University Press (March 29, 2001)

Arabs and Israelis have battled one another in political and military arenas, seemingly continuously, for some fifty years. The 1991 Madrid Peace Conference sought to change this pattern, launching bilateral...


Civil and Uncivil Violence in Lebanon: A History of the Internationalization of Communal Conflict

by Samir Khalaf Columbia University Press (April 18, 2002)

In this long-awaited work, Samir Khalaf analyzes the history of civil strife and political violence in Lebanon and reveals the inherent contradictions that have plagued that country and made it so vulnerable...


Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy

by Sophal Ear Columbia University Press (October 16, 2012)

International intervention liberated Cambodia from pariah state status in the early 1990s and laid the foundations for more peaceful, representative rule. Yet the country’s social indicators and the integrity...


Enforcing the Peace: Learning from the Imperial Past

by Kimberly Zisk Marten Columbia University Press (September 29, 2004)

Anarchy makes it easy for terrorists to set up shop. Yet the international community has been reluctant to commit the necessary resources to peacekeeping -- with devastating results locally and around the globe....


China's Search for Security

by Andrew J. Nathan & Andrew Scobell Columbia University Press (September 18, 2012)

Despite its impressive size and population, economic vitality, and drive to upgrade its military, China remains a vulnerable nation surrounded by powerful rivals and potential foes. Understanding China’s foreign...


Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism

by Zdenek Mlynar, Mikhail Gorbachev, George Shriver & Archie Brown Columbia University Press (August 14, 2012)

Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynar were friends for half a century, since they first crossed paths as students in 1950. Although one was a Russian and the other a Czech, they were both ardent supporters of...


The International Politics of Intelligence Sharing

by James Igoe Walsh Columbia University Press (November 19, 2009)

The cross-border sharing of intelligence is fundamental to the establishment and preservation of security and stability. The American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based in part on flawed intelligence, and current...


Beyond the Handshake: Multilateral Cooperation in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process, 1991-1996

by Dalia Dassa Kaye Columbia University Press (August 14, 2012)

Arabs and Israelis have battled one another in political and military arenas, seemingly continuously, for some fifty years. The 1991 Madrid Peace Conference sought to change this pattern, launching bilateral...


A Possible Peace Between Israel and Palestine: An Insider's Account of the Geneva Initiative

by Menachem Klein & Haim Watzman Columbia University Press (September 21, 2007)

In 2003, after two years of negotiations, a group of prominent Israelis and Palestinians signed a model peace treaty. The document, popularly called the Geneva Initiative, contained detailed provisions resolving...


Terrorism and Counterintelligence: How Terorist Groups Elude Detection

by Blake W. Mobley Columbia University Press (August 21, 2012)

Protecting information, identifying undercover agents, and operating clandestinely; efforts known as counterintelligence; are the primary objectives of terrorist groups who hope to evade detection by intelligence...


Transitions to Democracy

by Lisa Anderson Columbia University Press (September 22, 1999)

Are the factors that initiate democratization the same as those that maintain a democracy already established?


Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan

by Joseph A. Massad Columbia University Press (September 11, 2001)

Colonial Effects analyzes the creation and definition of modern Jordanian identity. Massad studies two key institutions-- the law and the military--and uses them to create an original and precise analysis of...


Post-Soviet Russia: A Journey Through the Yeltsin Era

by Roy A. Medvedev & George Shriver Columbia University Press (November 07, 2000)

Roy Medvedev, one of the world's best-known Russian scholars and a former consultant to both Gorbachev and Yeltsin analyzes the main events that have transpired in the Russian federation since late August 1991....


Opening NATO's Door: How the Alliance Remade Itself for a New Era

by Ronald D. Asmus & George Robertson Columbia University Press (August 11, 2004)

How and why did NATO, a Cold War military alliance created in 1949 to counter Stalin's USSR, become the cornerstone of new security order for post-Cold War Europe? Why, instead of retreating from Europe after...


Global Markets, Domestic Institutions: Corporate Law and Governance in a New Era of Cross-Border Deals

by Curtis J. Milhaupt Columbia University Press (November 19, 2003)

Markets for capital, products, and managerial talent are expanding rapidly across national borders, yet domestic laws and practices have never had greater impact on corporate structures and cross-border deals....


Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations

by Zheng Wang Columbia University Press (July 31, 2012)

How could the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) not only survive but even thrive, regaining the support of many Chinese citizens after the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989? Why has popular sentiment turned toward...


The Power and Limits of NGOs: A Critical Look at Building Democracy in Eastern Europe and Eurasia