New Books Network

Michael Beckley, “Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower” (Cornell UP, 2018)
The United States has been the world’s dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts and commentators believe that other countries such as China are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the era of American hegemony over? Is America finished as a superpower? In his... Read More
Emrah Şahin, “Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire” (McGill-Queens UP, 2018)
The past decade has seen a tremendous production of scholarship on American missionary endeavors in the Middle East. In Faithful Encounters: Authorities and American Missionaries in the Ottoman Empire (McGill-Queens University Press, 2018), Emrah Şahin approaches this dynamic field of inquiry from a less-common perspective, that of the Ottoman Empire. Relying on largely... Read More
Daniel Vukovich, “Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China” (Palgrave, 2018)
Illiberal China: The Ideological Challenge of the People’s Republic of China (Palgrave, 2018) by Daniel Vukovich analyzes the ‘intellectual political culture’ of post-Tiananmen China in comparison to and in conflict with liberalism inside and outside the P.R.C. It questions how mainland politics and discourses challenge ‘our’ own, chiefly liberal and... Read More
James W. Pardew, “Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans” (U Kentucky Press, 2017)
In his book  Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans (University of Kentucky Press, 2017), Ambassador James W. Pardew describes the role of the U.S. involvement in ending the wars and genocide in the Balkans.  As a soldier-diplomat, Pardew reminds us of the human nature of diplomacy. ... Read More
Jeremy Friedman, “Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World” (UNC Press, 2018)
If today’s geopolitical fragmentation and the complexities of a ‘multipolar’ world order have led some to reminisce about the apparent stability of the Cold War era’s two ‘camps’, it should be remembered that things were of course never so straightforward. As Jeremy Friedman shows in Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet... Read More
Laura Robson and Arie Dubnov, “Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism” (Stanford UP, 2019)
The practice of Partition understood as the physical division of territory along ethno-religious lines into separate nation-states is often regarded as a successful political “solution” to ethnic conflict. In their edited volume Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-Century Territorial Separatism (Stanford University Press, 2019), Laura Robson and Arie Dubnov uncover the... Read More
Donald Stoker, “Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In this provocative challenge to United States policy and strategy, former Professor of Strategy & Policy at the US Naval War College, and author or editor of eleven books, Dr. Donald Stoker argues that America endures endless wars because its leaders no longer know how to think about war in... Read More