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  • SPIES, LIES, AND ALGORITHMS

    Spying has never been more ubiquitous?or less understood. The world is drowning in spy movies, TV shows, and novels, but universities offer more courses on rock and roll than on the CIA and there are more congressional experts on powdered milk than espionage. This crisis in intelligence education is distorting public opinion, fueling conspiracy theories, and hurting intelligence policy. In Spies, Lies, and Algorithms, Amy Zegart separates fact from fiction as she offers an engaging and enlightening account of the past, present, and future of American espionage as it faces a revolution driven by digital technology
    ISBN: 9780691223070
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE
    Author: AMY B. ZEGART

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  • RETHINKING EUROPE’S FUTUREWITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR


    ISBN: 069111367X
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR
    Author: DAVID P. CALLEO

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  • FINITE STRUCTURE WITH FEW TYPESANNALS OF MATHEMATICS STUDIES


    ISBN: 0691113327
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: ANNALS OF MATHEMATICS STUDIES
    Author: GREGORY CHERLIN

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  • THE GEOGRAPHY OF ETHNIC VIOLENCE


    ISBN: 0691113548
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: MONICA DUFFY TOFT

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  • THE MYTH OF NATIONSTHE MEDIEVAL ORIGINS OF EUROPE


    ISBN: 0691114811
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE MEDIEVAL ORIGINS OF EUROPE
    Author: PATRICK J. GEARY

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  • THE ROMAN PREDICAMENTHOW THE RULES OF INTERNATIONAL ORDER CREATE THE POLITICS OF EMPIRE

    Modern America owes the Roman Empire for more than gladiator movies and the architecture of the nation’s Capitol. It can also thank the ancient republic for some helpful lessons in globalization. So argues economic historian Harold James in this masterful work of intellectual history.

    The book addresses what James terms “the Roman dilemma”?the paradoxical notion that while global society depends on a system of rules for building peace and prosperity, this system inevitably leads to domestic clashes, international rivalry, and even wars. As it did in ancient Rome, James argues a rule-based world order eventually subverts and destroys itself, creating the need for imperial action. The result is a continuous fluctuation between pacification and the breakdown of domestic order.

    James summons this argument, first put forth more than two centuries ago in Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations” and Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” to put current events into perspective. The world now finds itself staggering between a set of internationally negotiated trading rules and exchange rate regimes, and the enforcement practiced by a sometimes-imperial America. These two forces?liberal international order and empire?will one day feed on each other to create a shakeup in global relations, James predicts. To reinforce his point, he invokes the familiar “bon mot” once applied to the British Empire: “”When Britain could not rule the waves, it waived the rules.”

    Despite the pessimistic prognostications of Smith and Gibbon, who saw no way out of this dilemma, James ends his book on a less depressing note. He includes a chapter on one possible way in which the world could resolve the Roman Predicament–by opting for a global system based on values as opposed to rules.
    ISBN: 0691122210
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: HOW THE RULES OF INTERNATIONAL ORDER CREATE THE POLITICS OF EMPIRE
    Author: HAROLD JAMES

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  • CUNNING


    ISBN: 9780691136349
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: DON HERZOG

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  • SELF-ORGANIZATION IN COMPLEX ECOSYSTEMS


    ISBN: 0691070407
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: MONOGRAPHS IN POPULATION BIOLOGY – 42
    Author: RICARD V. SOLE

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  • REACHING FOR POWER


    ISBN: 0691134789
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE SHI’A IN THE MODERN ARAB WORLD
    Author: YITZHAK NAKASH

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  • BLIND ORACLES

    In this trenchant analysis, historian Bruce Kuklick examines the role of intellectuals in foreign policymaking. He recounts the history of the development of ideas about strategy and foreign policy during a critical period in American history: the era of the nuclear standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union.

    The book looks at the how the country’s foremost thinkers advanced their ideas during this time of United States expansionism, a period that culminated in the Vietnam War and détente with the Soviets. Beginning with George Ken- Nan after World War II, and concluding with Henry Kissinger and the Vietnam War, Kuklick examines the role of both institutional policymakers such as those at The Rand Corporation and Harvard’s Kennedy School, and individual thinkers including Paul Nitze, McGeorge Bundy, and Walt Rostow.

    Kuklick contends that the figures having the most influence on American strategy — Kissinger, for example — clearly understood the way politics and the exercise of power affect policymaking. Other brilliant thinkers, on the other hand, often played a minor role, providing, at best, a rationale for policies adopted for political reasons. At a time when the role of the neoconservatives’ influence over American foreign policy is a subject of intense debate, this book offers important insight into the function of intellectuals in foreign policymaking.
    ISBN: 0691123497
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: INTELLECTUALS AND WAR FROM KENNAN TO KISSINGER
    Author: BRUCE KUKLICK

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  • UNANSWERED THREATS

    Why have states throughout history regularly underestimated dangers to their survival? Why have some states been able to mobilize their material resources effectively to balance against threats, while others have not been able to do so? The phenomenon of “under balancing” is a common but woefully under examined behavior in international politics. Under balancing occurs when states fail to recognize dangerous threats, choose not to react to them, or respond in paltry and imprudent ways. It is a response that directly contradicts the core prediction of structural realism’s balance-of-power theory–that states motivated to survive as autonomous entities are coherent actors that, when confronted by dangerous threats, act to restore the disrupted balance by creating alliances or increasing their military capabilities, or, in some cases, a combination of both.

    Consistent with the new wave of neoclassical realist research, Unanswered Threats offers a theory of under balancing based on four domestic-level variables–elite consensus, elite cohesion, social cohesion, and regime/government vulnerability–that channel, mediate, and redirect policy responses to external pressures and incentives. The theory yields five causal schemes for under balancing behavior, which are tested against the cases of interwar Britain and France, France from 1877 to 1913, and the War of the Triple Alliance (1864-1870) that pitted tiny Paraguay against Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay.

    Randall Schweller concludes that those most likely to under balance are incoherent, fragmented states whose elites are constrained by political considerations.
    ISBN: 0691124256
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS ON THE BALANCE OF POWER
    Author: RANDALL L. SCHW

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  • WHY?

    Why? is a book about the explanations we give and how we give them—a fascinating look at the way the reasons we offer every day are dictated by, and help constitute, social relationships. Written in an easy-to-read style by distinguished social historian Charles Tilly, the book explores the manner in which people claim, establish, negotiate, repair, rework, or terminate relations with others through the reasons they give.

    Tilly examines a number of different types of reason giving. For example, he shows how an air traffic controller would explain the near miss of two aircraft in several different ways, depending upon the intended audience: for an acquaintance at a cocktail party, he might shrug it off by saying “This happens all the time.” or offer a chatty, colloquial rendition of what transpired; for a colleague at work, he would venture a longer, more technical explanation; and for a formal report for his division head he would provide an exhaustive, detailed account.
    ISBN: 069112521X
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE GIVE REASONS…AND WHY
    Author: CHARLES TILLY

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  • A CORPORATE SOLUTION TO GLOBLE POVERTY

    World leaders have given the reduction of global poverty top priority. And yet it persists. Indeed, in many countries whose governments lack either the desire or the ability to act, poverty has worsened. This book, a Joint venture of a Harvard professor and an economist with the International Finance Corporation, argues that the solution lies in the creation of a new institution, the World Development Corporation (WDC), a partnership of multinational corporations (MNCs), international development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

    In A Corporate Solution to Global Poverty, George Lodge and Craig Wilson assert that MNCs have the critical combination of capabilities required to build investment, grow economies, and create jobs in poor countries, and thus to reduce poverty. Furthermore, they contend, MNCs can do so profitably and thus sustainably. But they lack legitimacy, and risk can be high, and so a collective approach is better than one in which an individual company proceeds alone. Thus a UN-sponsored WDC, owned and managed by a dozen or so MNCs with NGD support, will make a marked difference.

    At a time when big business has been demonized for destroying the environment, enjoying one-sided benefits from globalization, and deceiving investors, the book argues that MNCs have much to gain from becoming more effective in reducing global poverty. This is not a call for philanthropy. Lodge and Wilson believe that corporate support for the World Development Corporation will benefit not only the world’s poor but also company shareholders as a result of improved MNC legitimacy and stronger markets and profitability.”
    ISBN: 0691122296
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: HOW MULTINATIONALS CAN HELP THE POOR AND INVIGORATE THEIR OWN LEGITIMACY
    Author: GEORGE LODGE &

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  • REVIVING THE INVISIBLE HAND

    Reviving the Invisible Hand is an uncompromising call for a global return to a classical liberal economic order, free of interference from governments and international organizations. Arguing for a revival of the invisible hand of free international trade and global capital, eminent economist Deepak Lal vigorously defends the view that states attempts to ameliorate the impact of markets threaten global economic progress and stability. And in an unusual move, he not only defends globalization economically, but also answers the cultural and moral objections of antiglobalizers.

    Taking a broad cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approach, Lal argues that there are two groups opposed to globalization.

    Cultural nationalists who oppose not capitalism but westernization, and “new dirigistes” who oppose not westernization but capitalism. In response, La! Contends that capitalism doesn’t have to lead to Westernization, as the examples of Japan, China, and India show and that “new dirigiste” complaint have more to do with the demoralization of their societies than with the capitalist instruments of prosperity.

    La! Bases his case on a historical account of the rise of capitalism and globalization in the first two liberal international economic orders: the nineteenth- century British, and the post—World War II American.

    Arguing that the “new dirigisme” is the thin edge of a wedge that could return the world to excessive economic intervention by states and international organizations, Lal does not shrink from controversial stands such as advocating the abolishment of these organizations and defending the existence of child labor in the Third World.
    ISBN: 0691125910
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE CASE FOR CLASSICAL LIBERALISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
    Author: DEEPAK LAL

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  • MAKING WAR AND BUILDING PEACE

    Making War and Building Peace examines how well United Nations peacekeeping missions work after civil war. Statistically analyzing all civil wars since 1945, the book compares peace processes that had UN involvement to those that didn’t. Michael Doyle and Nicholas Sambanis argue that each mission must be designed to fit the conflict, with the right authority and adequate resources.

    UN missions can be effective by supporting new actors committed to the peace, building governing institutions, and monitoring and policing implementation of peace settlements. But the UN is not good at intervening in ongoing wars. If the conflict is controlled by spoilers or if the parties are not ready to make peace, the UN cannot play an effective enforcement role. It can, however, offer its technical expertise in multidimensional peacekeeping operations that follow enforcement missions undertaken by states or regional organizations such as NATO. Finding that UN missions are most effective in the first few years after the end of war, and that economic development is the best way to decrease the risk of new fighting in the long run, the authors also argue that the UN’s role in launching development projects after civil war should be expanded.
    ISBN: 069112275X
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: UNITED NATIONS PEACE OPERATIONS
    Author: MICHAEL W. DOYL

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  • A FREE NATION DEEP IN DEBT

    FOR THE GREATER PART of recorded history the most successful and powerful states were autocracies; yet now the world is increasingly dominated by democracies. In A Free Nation Deep in Debt, James Macdonald provides a novel answer for how and why this political transformation occurred. The pressures of war finance led ancient states to store up treasure; and treasure accumulation invariably favored autocratic states. But when the art of public borrowing was developed by the city-states of medieval Italy as a democratic alternative to the treasure chest, the balance of power tipped. From that point on, the pressures of war favored states with the greatest public creditworthiness; and the most creditworthy states were invariably those in which the people who provided the money also controlled the government. Democracy had found a secret weapon and the era of the citizen-creditor was born. Macdonald unfolds this tale in a sweeping history that starts in biblical times, passes via medieval Italy to the wars and revolutions of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and ends with the great bond drives that financed the two world wars.
    ISBN: 0691126321
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE FINANCIAL ROOTS OF DEMOCRACY
    Author: JAMES MACDONALD

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  • THE NEXT GREAT GLOBALIZATION

    Many prominent critics regard the international financial system as the dark side of globalization, threatening disadvantaged nations near and far. But in The Next Great Globalization, eminent economist Frederic Mishkin argues the opposite: that financial globalization today is essential for poor nations to become rich. Mishkin argues that an effectively managed financial globalization promises benefits on the scale of the hugely successful trade and information globalizations of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This financial revolution can lift developing nations out of squalor and increase the wealth and stability of emerging and industrialized nations alike. By presenting an unprecedented picture of the potential benefits of financial globalization, and by showing in clear and hard-headed terms how these gains can be realized, Mishkin provides a hopeful vision of the next phase of globalization.

    Mishkin draws on historical examples to caution that mismanagement of financial globalization, often aided and abetted by rich elites, can wreak havoc in developing countries, but he uses these examples to demonstrate hoi better policies can help poor nations to open up their economies to the benefits of global investment. According to Mishkin, the international community must provide incentives for developing countries to establish effective property rights, banking regulations, accounting practices, and corporate governance—the institutions necessary to attract and manage global investment. And the West must be a partner in integrating the financial systems of rich and poor countries—to the benefit of both.

    The Next Great Globalization makes the case that finance will be a driving force in the twenty-first-century economy, and ‘demonstrates how this force can and should be shaped to the benefit of all, especially the disadvantaged nations most in need of growth and prosperity.
    ISBN: 0691121540
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: HOW DISADVANTAGED NATIONS CAN HARNESS THEIR FINANCIAL SYSTEMS TO GET RICH
    Author: FREDERIC S. MIS

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  • A THEORY OF FOREIGN POLICY

    This book presents a general explanation of how states develop their foreign po1icy The theory stands in contrast to most approaches—which assume that states want to maximize security—by assuming that states pursue two things, or goods, through their foreign policy: change and maintenance. States, in other words, try both to change aspects of the international status quo that they don’t like and maintain those aspects they do like. A state’s ability to do so is largely a function of its relative capability, and since .national capability is finite, a state must make tradeoffs between policies designed to achieve change or maintenance.
    ISBN: 0691123594
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: GLENN PALMER

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  • REACHING FOR POWER

    As the world focuses on the conflict in Iraq, the most important political players in that country today are not the Sunni insurgents. Instead, they are Iraq’s Shi’i majority–part of the Middle East’s ninety million Shi’i Muslims who hold the key to the future of the region and the relations between Muslim and Western societies. So contends Yitzhak Nakash, one of the world’s foremost experts on Shi’ism.

    With his characteristic verve and style, Nakash traces the role of the Shi’is in the struggle that is raging today among Muslims for the soul of Islam. He shows that in contrast to the growing militancy among Sunni groups since the 1990s, Shi’is have shifted their focus from confrontation to accommodation with the West. Constituting sixty percent of the population of Iraq, they stand squarely at the center of the U.S government’s attempt to remake the Middle East and bring democracy to the region. This groundbreaking book addresses the crucial importance of Shi’is to the U.S. endeavor. Yet it also alerts readers to the strong nationalist sentiments of Shi’is, underscoring the difficult challenge that the United States faces in attempting to impose a new order in the Middle East.

    The book provides a comprehensive historical perspective on Shi’ism, beginning with the emergence of the movement during the seventh century, continuing through its rise as a political force since the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1978-79, and leading up to the Iraqi elections of January 2005. Drawing extensively on Arabic sources, this comparative study highlights the reciprocal influences shaping the political development of Shi’is in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Lebanon, as well as the impact of the revival of Shi’ism on the larger Arab world. The narrative concludes with an assessment of the risks and possibilities arising from the assertion of Shi’i power in Iraq and from America’s attempt to play an increasingly forceful role in the Middle East.

    A landmark book and a work of remarkable scholarship, Reaching for Power illuminates the Shi’a resurgence amid the shifting geopolitics of the Middle East.
    ISBN: 0691125295
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE SHI’A IN THE MODERN ARAB WORLD
    Author: YITZHAK NAKASH

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  • STATES, SCARCITY, AND CIVIL STRIFE IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

    Over the past several decades, civil and ethnic wahave undermined prospects for economic and political development, destabilized entire regions of the globe, and left millions dead. States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World argues that demographic and environmental stress–the interactions among rapid population growth, environmental degradation, inequality, and emerging scarcities of vital natural resources–represents one important source of turmoil in today’s world.

    Kahl contends that this type of stress places enormous strains on both societies and governments in poor countries, increasing their vulnerability to armed conflict. He identifies two pathways whereby this process unfolds: state failure and state exploitation. State exploitation conflicts, in contrast, occur when political leadethemselves capitalize on the opportunities arising from population pressures, natural resource scarcities, and related social grievances to instigate violence that serves their parochial interests.

    Drawing on a wide array of social science theory, this book argues that demographically and environmentally induced conflicts are most likely to occur in countries that are deeply split along ethnic, religious, regional, or class lines, and which have highly exclusive and discriminatory political systems. The empirical portion of the book evaluates the theoretical argument through in-depth case studies of civil strife in the Philippines, Kenya, and numerous other countries. The book concludes with an analysis of the challenges demographic and environmental change will pose to international security in the decades ahead.
    ISBN: 069112406X
    Publisher: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: COLIN H. KAHL

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