Reviews

Review – Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Alaa Tartir • Oct 22 2013 • Features

In an attempt to address the polarization of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, this Handbook struggles to find a narrative for peace when power imbalances remain unchallenged at the root.

Review – International Security

Klaus Dodds • Oct 10 2013 • Features

Browning’s book succeeds in conveying to both academic and general readers some of the core issues surrounding the term ‘international security’.

Review – China’s Search for Security

Kendrick Kuo • Oct 10 2013 • Features

Comprehensive, persuasive, and empathetic, Nathan and Scobell offer a fresh look at what could easily be a stale litany of threats to China’s rise and a thorough treatment of China’s security policies.

Review – Terrorism and the Politics of Social Change

Austin T. Turk • Oct 7 2013 • Features

Dingley’s analysis of the origins of terrorism is somewhat undermined by his Durkheimian sociological approach, and his use of qualitative methodologies in place of sophisticated statistical research.

Review – Anatomy of a Bad Idea: COIN Best Practices

Harvey M. Sapolsky • Sep 24 2013 • Features

Nearly every question about how the U.S. Army came to be entangled in wars it knew better than to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan are answered by three excellent and complementary books.

Review – Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations

Aurel Croissant • Sep 20 2013 • Features

The Handbook fills a lacuna in the civil-military relations literature by offering up-to-date empirical analyses of civil-military relations in a variety of regime types around the world.

Review – After the Sheikhs

Kenneth C Upsall • Sep 18 2013 • Features

Davidson’s analysis falls short of the book subtitle’s stated purpose, as he fails to present any kind of hypothesis or scenario for the collapse of Persian Gulf Monarchies.

Review – Mexican Cartel Essays and Notes

James Phelps • Sep 16 2013 • Features

Bunker’s anthology deftly illustrates the diverse economic interests of Mexico’s cartels, and the role these groups continue to play in destabilizing the societies and governments of infiltrated nation-states.

Review – Treading on Hallowed Ground

Jeffrey Haynes • Aug 30 2013 • Features

Inspired by the much-commented on resurgence of religion in IR, the contributors of this volume see something unusual about counterinsurgency operations when hallowed ground is involved.

Review – The Migration Industry

Anastasia Christou • Aug 30 2013 • Features

Gammeltoft-Hansen and Nyberg Sørensen’s volume expertly weaves together case studies which offer a contextualised account of roles, conflicts & practices in the migration industry.


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