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Working the System
A Political Ethnography of the New Angola
Jon Schubert
Working the System offers key insights into the politics of the everyday in twenty-first-century dominant party and neo-authoritarian regimes in Africa and elsewhere. Detailing the many ways ordinary Angolans fashion their relationships with the system—an emic notion of their current political and socioeconomic environment—Jon Schubert explores...



The Development Dance
How Donors and Recipients Negotiate the Delivery of Foreign Aid
Haley J. Swedlund
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 unsustainable. She finds that no aid-delivery mechanism has yet resolved commitment problems in the donor-recipient relationship...



Eyewitness to a Genocide
The United Nations and Rwanda
Michael Barnett
Michael Barnett argues that the indifference of the UN to events in Rwanda was driven not by incompetence or cynicism but rather by reasoned choices cradled by moral considerations.



Imperfect Strangers
Americans, Arabs, and U.S.–Middle East Relations in the 1970s
Salim Yaqub
In Imperfect Strangers, Salim Yaqub argues that the 1970s were a pivotal decade for U.S.-Arab relations, whether at the upper levels of diplomacy, in street-level interactions, or in the realm of the...



Unclear Physics
Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons
Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer, Målfrid Braut-Hegghammer
Many authoritarian leaders want nuclear weapons, but few manage to acquire them. Autocrats seeking nuclear weapons fail in different ways and to varying degrees—Iraq almost managed it; Libya did not come close. In Unclear Physics, Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer compares the two failed nuclear weapons...



Spheres of Intervention
US Foreign Policy and the Collapse of Lebanon, 1967–1976
James R. Stocker, James Stocker
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 policy toward the Middle...



Zones of Rebellion
Kurdish Insurgents and the Turkish State
Aysegul Aydin, Cem Emrence
How do insurgents and governments select their targets? Which discourses and policies do they adopt to win civilian loyalties and control territory? This book examines the wide variety of coercive strategies adopted by both insurgents and governments in the long-running Kurdish insurgency in...



Subterranean Estates
Life Worlds of Oil and Gas
This innovative, interdisciplinary volume provides a new perspective on the material, symbolic, cultural, and social meanings of the multidimensional world of the global oil and gas...



Islam in Saudi Arabia
David Commins
David Commins challenges the stereotype of Saudi Arabia as a country immune to change by highlighting the ways that urbanization, education, and consumerism have exerted pressure on the religious...



Warlords
Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States
Kimberly Marten
Kimberly Marten shows why and how warlords undermine state sovereignty. Unlike the feudal lords of a previous era, warlords today are not state-builders. They thrive on illegality and rely on private militias for...



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