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Winning Hearts and Votes
Social Services and the Islamist Political Advantage
Steven Brooke
In non-democratic regimes around the world, non-state organizations provide millions of citizens with medical care, schooling, childrearing, and other critical social services. Why would any authoritarian countenance this type of activism? Under what conditions does the private provision of social services generate political mobilization? And...



The Smile of the Human Bomb
New Perspectives on Suicide Terrorism
Gideon Aran
In 2017, nearly six thousand people were killed in suicide attacks across the world.In The Smile of the Human Bomb, Gideon Aran dissects the moral logic of the suicide terrorism that led to those deaths. The book is a firsthand examination of the bomb site at the moment of the explosion, during the first few minutes after the explosion, and in...



Troubled Waters
Insecurity in the Persian Gulf
Mehran Kamrava
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 as: the neglect of human dimensions of security, the inherent instability involved in reliance on the United States and the exclusion of...



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
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
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...



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