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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.

Review – Foundations of Freedom

Review – Foundations of Freedom

Simon R. Clarke suggests that whatever our present convictions about the value of freedom, we have good reason to keep debating its uses and abuses. For that, this book deserves high praise.

Review – American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East

Review – American Democracy Promotion in the Changing Middle East

This important book examines whether US democracy promotion has been sincere, or whether it was simply one of a range of policy options for promoting US material and strategic interests.

Review – Rethinking Peacebuilding

Review – Rethinking Peacebuilding

This book takes up the challenge of reframing both peacebuilding theory and practice to better address questions related to the relationship between peace and justice in contemporary peacebuilding.

Review – Kony 2012

Review – Kony 2012

In the case of Kony 2012, when the desire for individual satisfaction of the donor is more apparent than advocacy based on thoughtfulness and reflection, the result is an unethical advocacy.

Review – Peacebuilding and NGOs

Review – Peacebuilding and NGOs

Drawing on the case study of Cambodia, this look at NGO contributions to peacebuilding debates the balance of power between the liberal peace system, the state and civil society.

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