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Armed State Building
Confronting State Failure, 1898–2012
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.
Logics of War
Explanations for Limited and Unlimited Conflicts
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.
How Israel Makes National Security Policy
This book details the history and, in many cases, the chronic inadequacies in the making of Israeli national security policy, as well as its strengths: rapid and flexible responses, generally pragmatic decision-making, and effective planning.
History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age
Gavin challenges key elements of the widely accepted narrative about the history of the atomic age and the consequences of the nuclear revolution.
How "Atoms for Peace" Programs Cause Nuclear Insecurity
Atomic Assistance explores the history of interstate cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Strong-arm Brokers in Weak States
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 support.
The Shadow of the Past
Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World War
The Shadow of the Past examines military alliances before World War I to explore the relationship between a state's reputation and its ability to form and shape alliances.
The Mediation Dilemma
While mediation has a strong record in reducing hostilities, it is not without its own problems. In The Mediation Dilemma, Kyle Beardsley highlights its long-term limitations.
The Logic of Positive Engagement
In this book, Miroslav Nincic outlines the efficacy of and the benefits that can flow from positive rather than negative engagement with "rogue" states.
Fixing the Facts
National Security and the Politics of Intelligence
Rovner explores the complex interaction between intelligence and policy and shines a spotlight on the problem of politicization.