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Poppies, Politics, and Power

by James Tharin Bradford Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Historians have long neglected Afghanistan's broader history when portraying the opium industry. But in Poppies, Politics, and Power, James Tharin Bradford rebalances the discourse, showing that it is not the...

Rising Titans, Falling Giants

by Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

As a rising great power flexes its muscles on the political-military scene it must examine how to manage its relationships with states suffering from decline; and it has to do so in a careful and strategic manner....

Independent Diplomat

by Carne Ross Cornell University Press (February 23, 2011)

Although diplomats negotiate more and more aspects of world affairs—from trade and security issues to health, human rights, and the environment—we have little idea of, and even less control over, what they...

Spheres of Intervention

by James R. Stocker Cornell University Press (March 18, 2016)

In Spheres of Intervention, James R. Stocker examines the history of diplomatic relations between the United States and Lebanon during a transformational period for Lebanon and a time of dynamic changes in US...

The Diplomacy of Migration

by Meredith Oyen Cornell University Press (October 27, 2015)

During the Cold War, both Chinese and American officials employed a wide range of migration policies and practices to pursue legitimacy, security, and prestige. They focused on allowing or restricting immigration,...

Emotional Diplomacy

by Todd H. Hall Cornell University Press (November 25, 2015)

In Emotional Diplomacy, Todd H. Hall explores the politics of officially expressed emotion on the international stage, looking at the ways in which state actors strategically deploy emotional behavior to shape...

The Triumph of Improvisation

by James Wilson Cornell University Press

In The Triumph of Improvisation, James Graham Wilson takes a long view of the end of the Cold War, from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979 to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. Drawing...

Just Politics

by C. William Walldorf, Jr. Cornell University Press

Many foreign policy analysts assume that elite policymakers in liberal democracies consistently ignore humanitarian norms when these norms interfere with commercial and strategic interests. Today's endorsement...

A Union Forever

by David Sim Cornell University Press

In the mid-nineteenth century the Irish question—the governance of the island of Ireland—demanded attention on both sides of the Atlantic. In A Union Forever, David Sim examines how Irish nationalists and...

With Sails Whitening Every Sea

by Brian Rouleau Cornell University Press (December 18, 2014)

Many Americans in the Early Republic era saw the seas as another field for national aggrandizement. With a merchant marine that competed against Britain for commercial supremacy and a whaling fleet that circled...

Diplomacy's Value

by Brian C. Rathbun Cornell University Press (October 03, 2014)

What is the value of diplomacy? How does it affect the course of foreign affairs independent of the distribution of power and foreign policy interests? Theories of international relations too often implicitly...

The logic of positive engagement

by Miroslav Nincic Cornell University Press

Recent American foreign policy has depended heavily on the use of negative inducements to alter the behavior of other states. From public browbeating through economic sanctions to military invasion, the last...

At Home with the Diplomats

by Iver B. Neumann Cornell University Press

The 2010 WikiLeaks release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables has made it eminently clear that there is a vast gulf between the public face of diplomacy and the opinions and actions that take place behind embassy...

The Peace Puzzle

by Daniel C. Kurtzer, Scott B. Lasensky, William B. Quandt & Steven L. Spiegel et al. Cornell University Press (November 15, 2012)

"Having observed earlier periods of determined, persistent, creative and wise American diplomacy on the Arab-Israeli conflict, we are left to ponder whether that kind of American leadership and diplomatic wisdom...

The universe unraveling

by Seth Jacobs Cornell University Press

During the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations, Laos was positioned to become a major front in the Cold War. Yet American policymakers ultimately chose to resist communism in neighboring South Vietnam instead....

The mediation dilemma

by Kyle Beardsley Cornell University Press

Mediation has become a common technique for terminating violent conflicts both within and between states; while mediation has a strong record in reducing hostilities, it is not without its own problems. In The...