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Border Work
Spatial Lives of the State in Rural Central Asia
Madeleine Reeves
Through an ethnography of social and spatial practice at the limits of the state, this book explores the contested work of producing and policing "territorial integrity" when significant stretches of new international borders remain to be conclusively demarcated or effectively policed.



What Good Is Grand Strategy?
Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush
Hal Brands
Hal Brands explains why grand strategy is a concept that is so alluring and so elusive to those who make American statecraft, exploring what grand strategy is, why it is so essential, and why it is so hard to get...



The Triumph of Improvisation
Gorbachev's Adaptability, Reagan's Engagement, and the End of the Cold War
James Graham Wilson
James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991.



The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia
From Darul Islam to Jem'ah Islamiyah
Solahudin
Solahudin's rigorous account fills many gaps in our knowledge of jihadist groups, how they interacted with the state and events abroad, and why they at times resorted to extreme violence, such as the 2002 Bali...



State Erosion
Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia
Lawrence P. Markowitz
Lawrence P. Markowitz draws on his extensive fieldwork in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to advance a theory of state failure focused on unlootable resources, rent seeking, and unruly elites.



Armed with Expertise
The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War
Joy Rohde
During the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon launched a controversial counterinsurgency program called the Human Terrain System. The program embedded social scientists within military units to provide commanders with information about the cultures and grievances of local populations. Yet the controversy it inspired was...



Armed State Building
Confronting State Failure, 1898–2012
Paul D. Miller
Paul D. Miller brings his decade in the U.S. military, intelligence community, and policy worlds to bear on the question of what causes armed, international state-building campaigns by liberal powers to succeed or fail.



Peacebuilding in Practice
Local Experience in Two Bosnian Towns
Adam Moore
Through a grounded analysis of localized peacebuilding dynamics in two Bosnian cities, Adam Moore generates a powerful argument concerning the need to rethink how peacebuilding is done.



Logics of War
Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Conflicts
Alex Weisiger
Alex Weisiger tests three explanations for a nation's decision to go to war and continue fighting regardless of the costs. He combines sharp statistical analysis of interstate wars over the past two centuries with nine narrative case studies.



3.11
Disaster and Change in Japan
Richard J. Samuels
In 3.11, Richard Samuels offers the first broad scholarly assessment of the disaster's impact on Japan's government and society.



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