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Twilight of the Titans
Great Power Decline and Retrenchment
In this bold new perspective on the United States–China power transition, Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent examine all great power transitions since 1870. They find that declining and rising powers have strong incentives to moderate their behavior at moments when the hierarchy of great powers is shifting. How do great powers respond to...
Stopping the Bomb
The Sources and Effectiveness of US Nonproliferation Policy
Stopping the Bomb examines the historical development and effectiveness of American efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Nicholas L. Miller offers here a novel theory that argues changes in American nonproliferation policy are the keys to understanding the nuclear landscape from the 1960s onward.The Chinese and Indian nuclear tests...
Secession and Security
Explaining State Strategy against Separatists
"The book is an excellent addition to the scholarly literature on subnational movements, both past and present, offering a range of insights to policymakers across the globe."—Ayesha Jalal, author of The Struggle for Pakistan "With judicious use of empirical evidence and rich case studies, Ahsan I. Butt makes a compelling case that states’...
Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China
Power and Politics in East Asia
Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China demonstrates how structural and domestic variables influence how East Asian states adjust their strategy in light of the rise of China, including how China manages its own emerging role as a regional great...
Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win
Many of the world's states are the result of robust national movements that achieved independence. Many other national movements have failed in their attempts to achieve statehood, including the Basques, the Kurds, and the Palestinians. In Rebel Power, Peter Krause offers a powerful new theory to explain this...
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...
Why Iraq and Libya Failed to Build Nuclear Weapons
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...
Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below
Ending Conflict between Regional Rivals
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
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...
The Soul of Armies
Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Military Culture in the US and UK
In The Soul of Armies Austin Long compares and contrasts counterinsurgency operations during the Cold War and in recent years by three organizations: the US Army, the US Marine Corps, and the British...