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Review – Clausewitz as Creative Director

Review – Clausewitz as Creative Director

A recent Foreign Policy article argues that Clausewitz ignored creative design approaches to armed conflict. This response seeks to restore his reputation as a great war thinker.

Review – Sustaining China’s Economic Growth

Review – Sustaining China’s Economic Growth

Sustaining China’s Economic Growth is a timely work that provides a comprehensive and persuasive analysis of China’s economic challenges in the wake of the global financial crisis.

Review – Beyond Consequentialism

Review – Beyond Consequentialism

Consequentialism is at once a provocative and problematic moral doctrine. Paul Hurley exposes the confusions and equivocations in its foundational assumptions.

Review – Networks of Outrage and Hope

Review – Networks of Outrage and Hope

From the Arab Spring to the Occupy movements, Castells’ book provides insight into the sudden rise of mass uprisings across the world, their political force, and momentum.

Review – The Time of Youth

Review – The Time of Youth

Studies of the precarious position of youth are a burgeoning area in African Studies. Honwana does not cover much new ground but she does provide a handsome and readily accessible overview of the main issues.

Review – Postcolonial Theory and International Relations

Review – Postcolonial Theory and International Relations

Postcolonial theory remains at the critical fringes of IR. Seth’s edited volume engages in a conversation between the two and with the politicization of postcolonial perspectives.

Review – Khul’ Divorce in Egypt

Review – Khul’ Divorce in Egypt

Sonneveld’s book depicts one of the legal advancements made regarding women’s legal rights under the Mubarak regime: Khul’ divorce, which allowed women unilateral divorce for the first time.

Review – The Politics of the Palestinian Authority

Review – The Politics of the Palestinian Authority

Nigel Parsons’ book is a must-read for all of those interested in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and for scholars researching conflict-affected areas, processes of transition & national movements.

Review – The New Historiography of Human Rights

Review – The New Historiography of Human Rights

Human rights history matters for IR debates. Different theories of human rights depend upon different (more or less explicit) historical accounts of their genesis.

Review – The Generals

Review – The Generals

The American military fights a lot, but wins less frequently. Thomas Ricks’ provocative examination of the relative failures of the US military’s major engagements since WWII (Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam) lays the blame with the generals.

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