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Insider Threats
High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information, facilities, and materials. Matthew Bunn and Scott D. Sagan outline cognitive and organizational biases that lead organizations to downplay the insider...



The Power of Systems
How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World
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...



Violence as a Generative Force
Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community
Max Bergholz
In Violence as a Generative Force, Max Bergholz tells the story of the sudden and perplexing descent of Kulen Vakuf—a small rural community straddling today's border between northwest Bosnia and Croatia whose multiethnic population had long lived in peace—into extreme intercommunal violence during...



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.



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...



Rape during Civil War
Dara Kay Cohen
Rape is common during wartime, but even within the context of the same war, some armed groups perpetrate rape on a massive scale while others never do. In Rape during Civil War Dara Kay Cohen examines variation in the severity and perpetrators of rape using an original dataset of reported rape during all major civil wars from 1980 to...



How States Pay for Wars
Rosella Cappella Zielinski
In How States Pay for Wars, Rosella Cappella Zielinski clarifies several critical dynamics lying at the nexus of financial and military...



The Statebuilder's Dilemma
On the Limits of Foreign Intervention
David A. Lake
In The Statebuilder's Dilemma, David A. Lake addresses the key tradeoff between legitimacy and loyalty common to all international statebuilding...



Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below
Ending Conflict between Regional Rivals
Norrin M. Ripsman
In Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below, Norrin M. Ripsman explains how regional rivals make peace and how outside actors can encourage regional...



In the Hegemon's Shadow
Leading States and the Rise of Regional Powers
Evan Braden Montgomery, Evan B. Montgomery
In the Hegemon's Shadow investigates how the leading state in the international system responds to rising powers in peripheral regions—actors that are not yet and might never become great powers but that are still increasing their strength, extending their influence, and trying to reorder their corner of the...



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