New Books Network

Sanjib Baruah, “In the Name of the Nation: India and its Northeast” (Stanford UP, 2020)
Sanjib Baruah’s latest book In the Name of the Nation: India and its Northeast (Stanford University Press, 2020) completes a trilogy on India’s northeastern borderland region of which the first two are India Against Itself: Assam and the Politics of Nationality (1999) and Durable Disorder: Understanding the Politics of Northeast... Read More
V. Hudson, D. Bowen, P. Nielsen, “The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Global history records an astonishing variety of forms of social organization. Yet almost universally, males subordinate females. How does the relationship between men and women shape the wider political order? Valerie M. Hudson, Donna Lee Bowen, and Perpetua Lynne Nielsen‘s new book The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance... Read More
Ezequiel Mercau, “The Falklands War: An Imperial History” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
The Falklands War was in many ways the defining event in the premiership of Margaret Thatcher. In many ways it was also the last roar of the British Lion. An event shrouded in both nostalgia and patriotism, at the time and subsequently. In his book, The Falklands War: An Imperial... Read More
Joana Cook, “A Woman’s Place: US Counterterrorism Since 9/11” (Oxford UP, 2020)
The 9/11 attacks fundamentally transformed how the US approached terrorism, and led to the unprecedented expansion of counterterrorism strategies, policies, and practices. While the analysis of these developments is rich and vast, there remains a significant void. The diverse actors contributing to counterterrorism increasingly consider, engage and impact women as... Read More
Joseph S. Nye, Jr., “In Do Morals Matter?: Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Americans since the beginning of their history, have constantly made moral judgments about presidents and foreign policy. Unfortunately, many of these assessments are poorly thought through and assessed. An American President is either praised for the moral clarity of his statements or judged solely on the results of their actions.... Read More
Mathias Haeussler, “Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
The former West German chancellor Helmut Schmidt grew up as a devout Anglophile, yet he clashed heavily and repeatedly with his British counterparts Wilson, Callaghan, and Thatcher during his time in office between 1974 and 1982. Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations: A European Misunderstanding (Cambridge University Press, 2019) looks at... Read More
Michelle Murray, “The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status, Revisionism, and Rising Powers” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Is a rising power – like China – a threat to the world order? The conventional wisdom in international relations says that power transitions – particularly increases in military power – are intrinsically destabilizing to the international order. In her new book The Struggle for Recognition in International Relations: Status,... Read More
Maria Ryan, “Full Spectrum Dominance: Irregular Warfare and the War on Terror” (Stanford UP, 2019)
America’s war on terror is widely defined by the Afghanistan and Iraq fronts. Yet, as this book demonstrates, both the international campaign and the new ways of fighting that grew out of it played out across multiple fronts beyond the Middle East. Maria Ryan explores how secondary fronts in the... Read More
Aliide Naylor, “The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front” (I. B. Tauris, 2020)
The Baltics are about to be thrust onto the world stage. With a ‘belligerent’ Vladimir Putin to their east (and ‘expansionist’ NATO to their west), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are increasingly the subject of unsettling headlines in both Western and Russian media. But how real are these fears, subject as... Read More