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Enduring Alliance

by Timothy Andrews Sayle Cornell University Press (April 15, 2019)

Born from necessity, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has always seemed on the verge of collapse. Even now, some sixty years after its inception, some consider its foundation uncertain and its structure...

Poppies, Politics, and Power

by James Tharin Bradford Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Historians have long neglected Afghanistan's broader history when portraying the opium industry. But in Poppies, Politics, and Power, James Tharin Bradford rebalances the discourse, showing that it is not the...

To Shape Our World For Good

by C. William Walldorf, Jr. Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Why does the United States pursue robust military invasions to change some foreign regimes but not others? Conventional accounts focus on geopolitics or elite ideology. C. William Walldorf, Jr., argues that...


by Michael Beckley Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

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...

The Migrant Passage

by Noelle Kateri Brigden Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

At the crossroads between international relations and anthropology, The Migrant Passage analyzes how people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala navigate the dangerous and uncertain clandestine journey...

The Rise and Decline of the American Century

by William O. Walker Iii Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation’s leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even...

Rising Titans, Falling Giants

by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

As a rising great power flexes its muscles on the political-military scene it must examine how to manage its relationships with states suffering from decline; and it has to do so in a careful and strategic manner....

Power, Protection, and Free Trade

by David A. Lake Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

Why do nations so frequently abandon unrestricted international commerce in favor of trade protectionism? David A. Lake contends that the dominant explanation, interest group theory, does not adequately explain...

Troubled Waters

by Mehran Kamrava Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Troubled Waters looks at four dynamics in the Persian Gulf that have contributed to making the region one of the most volatile and tension-filled spots in the world. Mehran Kamrava identifies the four dynamics...

The Evils of Polygyny

by Rose McDermott, Kristen Renwick Monroe, Robert Jervis & Valerie Hudson et al. Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Why do men act violently toward women?

What are the consequences of "normal violence," not only for women and children but also for the men who instigate it, and for the societies that sanction it?

The Evils...

Twilight of the Titans

by Paul K. MacDonald & Joseph M. Parent Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

In this bold new perspective on the United States–China power transition, Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent examine all great power transitions since 1870. They find that declining and rising powers have...

The Development Dance

by Haley J. Swedlund Cornell University Press (August 09, 2017)

In a book full of directly applicable lessons for policymakers, Haley J. Swedlund explores why foreign aid is delivered in different ways at different times, and why various approaches prove to be politically...

Continent by Default

by Anne Marie Le Gloannec Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

In Continent by Default, Anne Marie Le Gloannec, a distinguished analyst of contemporary Europe, considers the European Union as a geopolitical project. This book offers a comprehensive narrative of how the...

Secession and Security

by Ahsan I. Butt Cornell University Press (November 15, 2017)

"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...

Losing Hearts and Minds

by Matthew K. Shannon Cornell University Press (December 15, 2017)

" Losing Hearts and Minds is a compelling revisionist interpretation that explains the fall of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi as the unintended consequence of the modernization theories and human rights discourse...

The Authority Trap

by Sarah S. Stroup & Wendy H. Wong Cornell University Press (August 09, 2017)

Not all international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) are created equal, Some have emerged as "leading INGOs" that command deference from various powerful audiences and are well-positioned to influence...

Protection by Persuasion

by Alexander Betts Cornell University Press (February 23, 2011)

States located near crisis zones are most likely to see an influx of people fleeing from manmade disasters; African states, for instance, are forced to accommodate and adjust to refugees more often than do European...

Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

by Robert S. Ross & Øystein Tunsjø Cornell University Press (June 01, 2017)

Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China demonstrates how structural and domestic variables influence how East Asian states adjust their strategy in light of the rise of China, including how China manages...

Power and Principle

by Christopher Rudolph Cornell University Press (April 01, 2017)

On August 21, 2013, chemical weapons were unleashed on the civilian population in Syria, killing another 1,400 people in a civil war that had already claimed the lives of more than 140,000. As is all too often...

A Community of Europeans?

by Thomas Risse Cornell University Press

In A Community of Europeans?, a thoughtful observer of the ongoing project of European integration evaluates the state of the art about European identity and European public spheres. Thomas Risse argues that...

The End of the West

by Jeffrey J. Anderson, G. John Ikenberry & Thomas Risse Cornell University Press

The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The...

Regulating Capital

by David Andrew Singer Cornell University Press

Financial instability threatens the global economy. The volatility of capital movements across national borders has led many observers to argue for a reformed "global financial architecture," a body of consistent...

States and the Reemergence of Global Finance

by Eric Helleiner Cornell University Press (July 14, 2015)

Most accounts explain the postwar globalization of financial markets as a product of unstoppable technological and market forces. Drawing on extensive historical research, Eric Helleiner provides the first comprehensive...

Independent Diplomat

by Carne Ross Cornell University Press (February 23, 2011)

Although diplomats negotiate more and more aspects of world affairs—from trade and security issues to health, human rights, and the environment—we have little idea of, and even less control over, what they...

Constructing the International Economy

by Rawi Abdelal, Mark Blyth & Craig Parsons Cornell University Press

Focusing empirically on how political and economic forces are always mediated and interpreted by agents, both in individual countries and in the international sphere, Constructing the International Economy sets...

National Interests in International Society

by Martha Finnemore Cornell University Press

How do states know what they want? Asking how interests are defined and how changes in them are accommodated, Martha Finnemore shows the fruitfulness of a constructivist approach to international politics. She...

Asian Designs

by Saadia M. Pekkanen Cornell University Press (September 20, 2016)

Asian nations are no longer "rising" powers in the world order; they have risen. How will they conduct themselves in world politics? How will they deploy their considerable and growing power individually and...

Spheres of Intervention

by James R. Stocker Cornell University Press (March 18, 2016)

In Spheres of Intervention, James R. Stocker examines the history of diplomatic relations between the United States and Lebanon during a transformational period for Lebanon and a time of dynamic changes in US...

Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below

by Norrin M. Ripsman Cornell University Press (May 05, 2016)

In Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below, Norrin M. Ripsman explains how regional rivals make peace and how outside actors can encourage regional peacemaking. Through a qualitative empirical analysis of all...

In the Hegemon's Shadow

by Evan Braden Montgomery Cornell University Press (April 22, 2016)

The relationship between established powers and emerging powers is one of the most important topics in world politics. Nevertheless, few studies have investigated how the leading state in the international system...

The Statebuilder's Dilemma

by David A. Lake Cornell University Press (June 10, 2016)

The central task of all statebuilding is to create a state that is regarded as legitimate by the people over whom it exercises authority. This is a necessary condition for stable, effective governance. States...

The War after the War

by Johannes Kadura Cornell University Press (February 01, 2016)

In The War after the War, Johannes Kadura offers a fresh interpretation of American strategy in the wake of the cease-fire that began in Vietnam on January 28, 1973. The U.S. exit from Vietnam continues to be...

Making the Unipolar Moment

by Hal Brands Cornell University Press (May 12, 2016)

In the late 1970s, the United States often seemed to be a superpower in decline. Battered by crises and setbacks around the globe, its post–World War II international leadership appeared to be draining steadily...

White World Order, Black Power Politics

by Robert Vitalis Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

Racism and imperialism are the twin forces that propelled the course of the United States in the world in the early twentieth century and in turn affected the way that diplomatic history and international relations...

Virtuosi Abroad

by Kiril Tomoff Cornell University Press (August 12, 2015)

In the 1940s and 1950s, Soviet musicians and ensembles were acclaimed across the globe. They toured the world, wowing critics and audiences, projecting an image of the USSR as a sophisticated promoter of cultural...

For God and Globe

by Michael G. Thompson Cornell University Press (November 06, 2015)

For God and Globe recovers the history of an important yet largely forgotten intellectual movement in interwar America. Michael G. Thompson explores the way radical-left and ecumenical Protestant internationalists...

A Sense of Power

by John A. Thompson Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

Why has the United States assumed so extensive and costly a role in world affairs over the last hundred years? The two most common answers to this question are "because it could" and "because it had to." Neither...

Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

by Stefano Recchia Cornell University Press (September 04, 2015)

Why did American leaders work hard to secure multilateral approval from the United Nations or NATO for military interventions in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, while making only limited efforts to gain such approval...

The Diplomacy of Migration

by Meredith Oyen Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

During the Cold War, both Chinese and American officials employed a wide range of migration policies and practices to pursue legitimacy, security, and prestige. They focused on allowing or restricting immigration,...

Emotional Diplomacy

by Todd H. Hall Cornell University Press (November 25, 2015)

In Emotional Diplomacy, Todd H. Hall explores the politics of officially expressed emotion on the international stage, looking at the ways in which state actors strategically deploy emotional behavior to shape...

Christian Imperialism

by Emily Conroy-Krutz Cornell University Press (September 04, 2015)

In 1812, eight American missionaries, under the direction of the recently formed American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, sailed from the United States to South Asia. The plans that motivated their...

Dangerous Sanctuaries

by Sarah Kenyon Lischer Cornell University Press (July 22, 2015)

Since the early 1990s, refugee crises in the Balkans, Central Africa, the Middle East, and West Africa have led to the international spread of civil war. In Central Africa alone, more than three million people...

A World of Regions

by Peter J. Katzenstein Cornell University Press (November 16, 2015)

Observing the dramatic shift in world politics since the end of the Cold War, Peter J. Katzenstein argues that regions have become critical to contemporary world politics. This view is in stark contrast to those...

Networked Politics

by Miles Kahler Cornell University Press (February 23, 2011)

The concept of network has emerged as an intellectual centerpiece for our era. Network analysis also occupies a growing place in many of the social sciences. In international relations, however, network has...

China's Ascent

by Robert S. Ross & Zhu Feng Cornell University Press

Assessments of China's importance on the world stage usually focus on a single dimension of China's increasing power, rather than on the multiple sources of China's rise, including its economic might and the...


by Mehran Kamrava Cornell University Press

The Persian Gulf state of Qatar has fewer than 2 million inhabitants, virtually no potable water, and has been an independent nation only since 1971. Yet its enormous oil and gas wealth has permitted the ruling...

The Triumph of Improvisation

by James Wilson Cornell University Press

In The Triumph of Improvisation, James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. Drawing...

Revolution and War

by Stephen M. Walt Cornell University Press (August 07, 2013)

Revolution within a state almost invariably leads to intense security competition between states, and often to war. In Revolution and War, Stephen M. Walt explains why this is so, and suggests how the risk of...

The Origins of Alliance

by Stephen M. Walt Cornell University Press (August 09, 2013)

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...

Just Politics

by C. William Walldorf, Jr. Cornell University Press

Many foreign policy analysts assume that elite policymakers in liberal democracies consistently ignore humanitarian norms when these norms interfere with commercial and strategic interests. Today's endorsement...