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Rising Titans, Falling Giants
How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts
Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson
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. In Rising Titans, Falling Giants Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson focuses on the policies that rising states adopt toward their...



Politics under the Influence
Vodka and Public Policy in Putin's Russia
Anna L. Bailey
"You know just how serious a problem alcoholism has become for our country. Frankly speaking, it has taken on the proportions of a national disaster." So spoke Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 as the government launched its latest anti-alcohol campaign. Challenging the standard narrative of top-down implementation of policy, Anna...



Over the Horizon
Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers
David M. Edelstein
How do established powers react to growing competitors? The United States currently faces a dilemma with regard to China and others over whether to embrace competition and thus substantial present-day costs or collaborate with its rivals to garner short-term gains while letting them become more powerful. This problem lends considerable urgency...



Order at the Bazaar
Power and Trade in Central Asia
Regine A. Spector
Order at the Bazaar delves into the role of bazaars in the political economy and development of Central Asia. Bazaars are the economic bedrock for many throughout the region—they are the entrepreneurial hubs of Central Asia. However, they are often regarded as mafia-governed environments that are largely populated by the dispossessed. By...



Fragile Conviction
Changing Ideological Landscapes in Urban Kyrgyzstan
Mathijs Pelkmans
Ethnographically rooted in the everyday life of a former mining town in southern Kyrgyzstan, Fragile Conviction shows how residents have dealt with the existential and epistemic crises that arose after the collapse of the Soviet...



Everyday Law in Russia
Kathryn Hendley
Everyday Law in Russia challenges the prevailing common wisdom that Russians cannot rely on their law and that Russian courts are hopelessly politicized and corrupt. While acknowledging the persistence of verdicts dictated by the Kremlin in politically charged cases, Kathryn Hendley explores how ordinary Russian citizens experience...



The Power of Systems
How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World
Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė
In The Power of Systems, Egle Rindzeviciute introduces readers to one of the best-kept secrets of the Cold War: the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, an international think tank established by the U.S. and Soviet governments to advance scientific...



Priests of Prosperity
How Central Bankers Transformed the Postcommunist World
Juliet Johnson
Priests of Prosperity explores the unsung revolutionary campaign to transform postcommunist central banks from command-economy cash cows into Western-style monetary...



The Gumilev Mystique
Biopolitics, Eurasianism, and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia
Mark Bassin
In The Gumilev Mystique, Mark Bassin investigates the complex structure of Lev Gumilev's theories, revealing how they reflected and helped shape a variety of academic as well as political and social discourses in the USSR, and he traces how his authority has grown yet greater across the former Soviet...



The Depths of Russia
Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism
Douglas Rogers
In The Depths of Russia, Douglas Rogers offers a nuanced and multifaceted analysis of oil's place in Soviet and Russian life, based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in the Perm region of the...



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