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Gender, War, and World Order

by Richard C. Eichenberg Cornell University Press (June 15, 2019)

Motivated by the lack of scholarly understanding of the substantial gender difference in attitudes toward the use of military force, Richard C. Eichenberg has mined a massive data set of public opinion surveys...


Small Arms

by Mia Bloom & John Horgan Cornell University Press (May 15, 2019)

Why do terrorist organizations use children to support their cause and carry out their activities? Small Arms uncovers the brutal truth behind the mobilization of children by terrorist groups.

Mia Bloom and...


The Costs of Conversation

by Oriana Skylar Mastro Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

After a war breaks out, what factors influence the warring parties' decisions about whether to talk to their enemy, and when may their position on wartime diplomacy change? How do we get from only fighting to...


Unrivaled

by Michael Beckley Cornell University Press (September 15, 2018)

The United States has been the world's dominant power for more than a century. Now many analysts believe that other countries are rising and the United States is in decline. Is the unipolar moment over? Is America...


Covert Regime Change

by Lindsey A. O'Rourke Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

States seldom resort to war to overthrow their adversaries. They are more likely to attempt to covertly change the opposing regime, by assassinating a foreign leader, sponsoring a coup d’état, meddling in...


When Right Makes Might

by Stacie E. Goddard Cornell University Press (December 15, 2018)

Why do great powers accommodate the rise of some challengers but contain and confront others, even at the risk of war? When Right Makes Might proposes that the ways in which a rising power legitimizes its expansionist...


Dark Pasts

by Jennifer M. Dixon Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Over the past two decades, many states have heard demands that they recognize and apologize for historic wrongs. Such calls have not elicited uniform or predictable responses. While some states have apologized...


Atomic Assurance

by Alexander Lanoszka Cornell University Press (November 15, 2018)

Do alliances curb efforts by states to develop nuclear weapons? Atomic Assurance looks at what makes alliances sufficiently credible to prevent nuclear proliferation; how alliances can break down and so encourage...


The Commander's Dilemma

by Amelia Hoover Green Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Why do some military and rebel groups commit many types of violence, creating an impression of senseless chaos, whereas others carefully control violence against civilians? A classic catch-22 faces the leaders...


National Secession

by Philip G. Roeder Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

How do some national-secessionist campaigns get on the global agenda whereas others do not? Which projects for new nation-states, Philip Roeder asks, give rise to mayhem in the politics of existing states? National...


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....


Intimate Violence

by Jeffrey S. Kopstein & Jason Wittenberg Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

Why do pogroms occur in some localities and not in others? Jeffrey S. Kopstein and Jason Wittenberg examine a particularly brutal wave of violence that occurred across hundreds of predominantly Polish and Ukrainian...


Troubled Waters

by Mehran Kamrava Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

Troubled Waters looks at four dynamics in the Persian Gulf that have contributed to making the region one of the most volatile and tension-filled spots in the world. Mehran Kamrava identifies the four dynamics...


Wars of Law

by Tanisha M. Fazal Cornell University Press (May 15, 2018)

In Wars of Law, Tanisha M. Fazal assesses the unintended consequences of the proliferation of the laws of war for the commencement, conduct, and conclusion of wars over the course of the past one hundred fifty...


Stopping the Bomb

by Nicholas L. Miller Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

Stopping the Bomb examines the historical development and effectiveness of American efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Nicholas L. Miller offers here a novel theory that argues changes in American...


Twilight of the Titans

by Paul K. MacDonald & Joseph M. Parent Cornell University Press (April 15, 2018)

In this bold new perspective on the United States–China power transition, Paul K. MacDonald and Joseph M. Parent examine all great power transitions since 1870. They find that declining and rising powers have...


Over the Horizon

by David M. Edelstein Cornell University Press (August 15, 2017)

How do established powers react to growing competitors? The United States currently faces a dilemma with regard to China and others over whether to embrace competition and thus substantial present-day costs...


Humanitarian Hypocrisy

by Andrea L. Everett Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

" Humanitarian Hypocrisy makes a substantial contribution to the literature on peace operations."—Katharina Coleman, author of International Organisations and Peace Enforcement

" Humanitarian Hypocrisy is...


Brutality in an Age of Human Rights

by Brian Drohan Cornell University Press (January 15, 2018)

"A work of real historical originality and significance, this fascinating piece of scholarship substantially enhances our understanding of British counterinsurgency and the relationship between war and law."—Huw...


Secession and Security

by Ahsan I. Butt Cornell University Press (November 15, 2017)

"The book is an excellent addition to the scholarly literature on subnational movements, both past and present, offering a range of insights to policymakers across the globe."—Ayesha Jalal, author of The...


Democracy and Displacement in Colombia's Civil War

by Abbey Steele Cornell University Press (December 15, 2017)

" Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War offers novel and important research on how and why violence is deployed during civil wars."—Winifred Tate, author of Drugs, Thugs and Diplomats

" Democracy...


Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China

by Robert S. Ross & Øystein Tunsjø Cornell University Press (June 01, 2017)

Strategic Adjustment and the Rise of China demonstrates how structural and domestic variables influence how East Asian states adjust their strategy in light of the rise of China, including how China manages...


The NGO Game

by Patrice C. McMahon Cornell University Press (June 01, 2017)

In most post-conflict countries nongovernmental organizations are everywhere, but their presence is misunderstood. In The NGO Game Patrice McMahon investigates the unintended outcomes of what she calls the NGO...


Rebel Power

by Peter Krause Cornell University Press (May 09, 2017)

Many of the world's states—from Algeria to Ireland to the United States—are the result of robust national movements that achieved independence. Many other national movements have failed in their attempts...


Tearing Apart the Land

by Duncan McCargo Cornell University Press

Since January 2004, a violent separatist insurgency has raged in southern Thailand, resulting in more than three thousand deaths. Though largely unnoticed outside Southeast Asia, the rebellion in Pattani and...


Conventional Deterrence

by John J. Mearsheimer Cornell University Press (August 21, 1985)

Conventional Deterrence is a book about the origins of war. Why do nations faced with the prospect of large-scale conventional war opt for or against an offensive strategy? John J. Mearsheimer examines a number...


Insider Threats

by Matthew Bunn & Scott D. Sagan Cornell University Press (December 21, 2016)

High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information, facilities, and materials. From Edward Snowden to the Fort Hood shooter...


Unclear Physics

by Malfrid Braut-Hegghammer Cornell University Press (August 01, 2016)

Many authoritarian leaders want nuclear weapons, but few manage to acquire them. Autocrats seeking nuclear weapons fail in different ways and to varying degrees—Iraq almost managed it; Libya did not come close....


How States Pay for Wars

by Rosella Cappella Zielinski Cornell University Press (July 01, 2016)

Armies fight battles, states fight wars. To focus solely on armies is to neglect the broader story of victory and defeat. Military power stems from an economic base, and without wealth, soldiers cannot be paid,...


Rape during Civil War

by Dara Kay Cohen Cornell University Press (July 13, 2016)

Rape is common during wartime, but even within the context of the same war, some armed groups perpetrate rape on a massive scale while others never do. In Rape during Civil War Dara Kay Cohen examines variation...


Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below

by Norrin M. Ripsman Cornell University Press (May 05, 2016)

In Peacemaking from Above, Peace from Below, Norrin M. Ripsman explains how regional rivals make peace and how outside actors can encourage regional peacemaking. Through a qualitative empirical analysis of all...


Chinese Economic Statecraft

by William J. Norris Cornell University Press (February 18, 2016)

In Chinese Economic Statecraft, William J. Norris introduces an innovative theory that pinpoints how states employ economic tools of national power to pursue their strategic objectives. Norris shows what Chinese...


In the Hegemon's Shadow

by Evan Braden Montgomery Cornell University Press (April 22, 2016)

The relationship between established powers and emerging powers is one of the most important topics in world politics. Nevertheless, few studies have investigated how the leading state in the international system...


The Soul of Armies

by Austin Long Cornell University Press (March 01, 2016)

For both the United States and United Kingdom counterinsurgency was a serious component of security policy during the Cold War and, along with counterterrorism, has been the greatest security challenge after...


The Statebuilder's Dilemma

by David A. Lake Cornell University Press (June 10, 2016)

The central task of all statebuilding is to create a state that is regarded as legitimate by the people over whom it exercises authority. This is a necessary condition for stable, effective governance. States...


Religion on the Battlefield

by Ron E. Hassner Cornell University Press (May 18, 2016)

How does religion shape the modern battlefield? Ron E. Hassner proposes that religion acts as a force multiplier, both enabling and constraining military operations. This is true not only for religiously radicalized...


Outsourcing War

by Amy E. Eckert Cornell University Press (January 05, 2016)

Recent decades have seen an increasing reliance on private military contractors (PMCs) to provide logistical services, training, maintenance, and combat troops. In Outsourcing War, Amy E. Eckert examines the...


Making the Unipolar Moment

by Hal Brands Cornell University Press (May 12, 2016)

In the late 1970s, the United States often seemed to be a superpower in decline. Battered by crises and setbacks around the globe, its post–World War II international leadership appeared to be draining steadily...


The Dictator's Army

by Caitlin Talmadge Cornell University Press (July 31, 2015)

In The Dictator's Army, Caitlin Talmadge presents a compelling new argument to help us understand why authoritarian militaries sometimes fight very well—and sometimes very poorly. Talmadge's framework for...


Deceit on the Road to War

by John M. Schuessler Cornell University Press (July 31, 2015)

In Deceit on the Road to War, John M. Schuessler examines how U.S. presidents have deceived the American public about fundamental decisions of war and peace. Deception has been deliberate, he suggests, as presidents...


Reassuring the Reluctant Warriors

by Stefano Recchia Cornell University Press (September 04, 2015)

Why did American leaders work hard to secure multilateral approval from the United Nations or NATO for military interventions in Haiti, Bosnia, and Kosovo, while making only limited efforts to gain such approval...


Nested Security

by Erin K. Jenne Cornell University Press (November 02, 2015)

Why does soft power conflict management meet with variable success over the course of a single mediation? In Nested Security, Erin K. Jenne asserts that international conflict management is almost never a straightforward...


American Pendulum

by Christopher Hemmer Cornell University Press (September 04, 2015)

As new presidential administrations come into power, they each bring their own approach to foreign policy. No grand strategy, however, is going to be completely novel. New administrations never start with a...


Dangerous Sanctuaries

by Sarah Kenyon Lischer Cornell University Press (July 22, 2015)

Since the early 1990s, refugee crises in the Balkans, Central Africa, the Middle East, and West Africa have led to the international spread of civil war. In Central Africa alone, more than three million people...


Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond

by Abdulkader H. Sinno Cornell University Press (February 15, 2011)

While popular accounts of warfare, particularly of nontraditional conflicts such as guerrilla wars and insurgencies, favor the roles of leaders or ideology, social-scientific analyses of these wars focus on...


China's Ascent

by Robert S. Ross & Zhu Feng Cornell University Press

Assessments of China's importance on the world stage usually focus on a single dimension of China's increasing power, rather than on the multiple sources of China's rise, including its economic might and the...


Life and Death in Captivity

by Geoffrey P. R. Wallace Cornell University Press (April 30, 2015)

Why are prisoners horribly abused in some wars but humanely cared for in others? In Life and Death in Captivity, Geoffrey P. R. Wallace explores the profound differences in the ways captives are treated during...


War, States, and Contention

by Sidney Tarrow Cornell University Press (April 09, 2015)

For the last two decades, Sidney Tarrow has explored "contentious politics"—disruptions of the settled political order caused by social movements. These disruptions range from strikes and street protests...


Waging War, Planning Peace

by Aaron Rapport Cornell University Press (March 19, 2015)

As the U.S. experience in Iraq following the 2003 invasion made abundantly clear, failure to properly plan for risks associated with postconflict stabilization and reconstruction can have a devastating impact...


To Kill Nations

by Edward Kaplan Cornell University Press (March 24, 2015)

Between 1945 and 1950, the United States had a global nuclear monopoly. The A-bomb transformed the nation’s strategic airpower and saw the Air Force displace the Navy at the front line of American defense....