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Review – How Institutions Evolve

Review – How Institutions Evolve

Thelen uses institutional theory within a varieties of capitalism framework to explain the causes for variation in vocational training and skill formation amongst Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and the United States.

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Review – The Wars of Afghanistan

Peter Tomsen has provided a comprehensive account of Afghanistan’s recent conflicts and illuminates aspects of this history in ways that only he could really achieve.

Review – The Future of Power

Review – The Future of Power

Nye offers an intriguing analysis of the changing nature of power and how new geopolitical and economic trends will alter world politics in the coming years.

Review – Fragments of the Afghan Frontier

Review – Fragments of the Afghan Frontier

Fragments of the Afghan Frontier combines painstaking anthropological field research with extensive historical analysis to assess Afghanistan’s frontier regions and people.

Review – Keeping a Sharp Eye

Review – Keeping a Sharp Eye

Daniel Conway reviews Peter Vale’s intriguing and entertaining overview of cartoons focused on the last century of South Africa’s troubled international relations.

Review – The Glorious Art of Peace

Review – The Glorious Art of Peace

Often relegated to a fringe area of the study of war, peace studies is often marginalised as an even more specific sub-division of its militaristic counterpart.

Review – Security and Environmental Change

Review – Security and Environmental Change

Dalby’s book provides an inspiring conceptual framework to deal with environmental security. Whilst worthy of further study, it is built on a restricted perception of reality.

Review – An Enemy We Created

Review – An Enemy We Created

van Linschoten and Kuehn’s detailed accounts of the early development of the international jihadists and the Taliban is a wide ranging and useful addition to post 9/11 literature.

Review – Religions of the Silk Road

Review – Religions of the Silk Road

Foltz’s Religions of the Silk Road uniquely considers the histories of Central Asia, globalization, trans-Eurasian trade, and religion through a broad interdisciplinary lens.

Review – The End of Certainty

Review – The End of Certainty

Distinguished Professor of International Relations Stephen Chan criticizes current analyses of international developments as being based primarily on western systemic models that steadily impose a cultural monopoly on the field.

Review – Talking to the Enemy

Review – Talking to the Enemy

In this remarkably astute book based on field work and interviews, Scott Atran offers an intricate and nuanced glimpse into the world of terrorists.

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