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Contemporary Security Studies


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This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century Foreign and Security Policy Perspectives

NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Foreign and Security Policy Perspectives

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Forthcoming

Michele Testoni
December 31, 2020

This book explores the evolution and future relevance of NATO from the perspective of the member-states. Addressing the overarching question of the relevance of transatlantic relations in the 21st century, the volume has three core objectives. The first is to reinforce the view that international ...

Reconciliation after War Historical Perspectives on Transitional Justice

Reconciliation after War: Historical Perspectives on Transitional Justice

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Rachel Kerr, Henry Redwood, James Gow
December 31, 2020

This edited volume examines a range of historical and contemporary episodes of reconciliation and anti-reconciliation in the aftermath of war. Reconciliation is a concept that resists easy definition. At the same time, it is almost invariably invoked as a goal of post-conflict reconstruction, ...

George W. Bush's Foreign Policies Principles and Pragmatism

George W. Bush's Foreign Policies: Principles and Pragmatism

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Donette Murray, David Brown, Martin A. Smith
December 18, 2020

This book offers a fresh assessment of George W. Bush’s foreign policies. It is not designed to offer an evaluation of the totality of George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Instead, the analysis will focus on the key aspects of his foreign and security policy record, in each case considering the ...

Transitional Justice in Peacebuilding Actor-Contingent and Malleable Justice

Transitional Justice in Peacebuilding: Actor-Contingent and Malleable Justice

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Djeyhoun Ostowar
November 23, 2020

This book explores the role of actors in determining transitional justice in peacebuilding contexts. In recent decades, transitional justice mechanisms and processes have been introduced to a variety of settings, becoming widely regarded as essential elements in the ‘peacebuilding toolbox’. While ...

Impact in International Affairs The Quest for World-Leading Research

Impact in International Affairs: The Quest for World-Leading Research

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James Gow, Henry Redwood
August 14, 2020

This book examines how and to what extent academic research in politics and international studies has had 'impact' — in doing so, it also considers what might characterise ‘world-leading’ research impact. International Relations was always meant to have impact – it was intended to make a difference...

Targeted Killings, Law and Counter-Terrorism Effectiveness Does Fair Play Pay Off?

Targeted Killings, Law and Counter-Terrorism Effectiveness: Does Fair Play Pay Off?

1st Edition

Ophir Falk
July 08, 2020

This book examines the permissibility and effectiveness of targeted killing in campaigns against terror. Targeted killing has become a primary counterterrorism measure used by several countries in their confrontation with lethal threats. The practice has been extensively used by the US in ...

Russian Imperialism Revisited From Disengagement to Hegemony

Russian Imperialism Revisited: From Disengagement to Hegemony

1st Edition

Domitilla Sagramoso
March 25, 2020

This book examines the nature of Russia’s relations with the former Soviet states (FSS), in particular with countries which formed the Commonwealth of Independent States, in order to assess whether there has been a resurgence of Russian imperialism since the collapse of the USSR. The book...

Ethics, Technology and the American Way of War Cruise Missiles and US Security Policy

Ethics, Technology and the American Way of War: Cruise Missiles and US Security Policy

1st Edition

Reuben E. Brigety II
April 16, 2019

A new investigation into how the advent of precision-guided munitions affects the likelihood of US policy makers to use force. As such, this is an inquiry into the impact of ethics, strategy and military technology on the decision calculus of national leaders. Following the first Gulf War in ...

Cultures of Counterterrorism French and Italian Responses to Terrorism after 9/11

Cultures of Counterterrorism: French and Italian Responses to Terrorism after 9/11

1st Edition

Silvia D'Amato
February 26, 2019

This book investigates counterterrorism responses from a strategic-culturalist perspective, focusing on France and Italy in the post-9/11 era. Terrorism occupies a predominant space within contemporary political debate across all European countries. Recent attacks in Europe have raised many ...

British Defence in the 21st Century

British Defence in the 21st Century

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John Louth, Trevor Taylor
October 03, 2018

This book analyses UK defence as a complex, interdependent public-private enterprise covering politics, management, society, and technology, as well as the military. Building upon wide-ranging applied research, with extensive access to ministers, policy makers, senior military commanders, and ...

Deterring Russia in Europe Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States

Deterring Russia in Europe: Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States

1st Edition

Nora Vanaga, Toms Rostoks
October 03, 2018

This edited volume examines deterrence and the defense efforts of European states neighboring Russia, following the Crimean intervention. Deterrence, after being largely absent from debates among academics and policy-makers for almost a quarter of a century, has made a comeback in Europe. Since ...

Mechanistic Realism and US Foreign Policy A New Framework for Analysis

Mechanistic Realism and US Foreign Policy: A New Framework for Analysis

1st Edition

Johannes Gullestad Rø
August 10, 2018

This book aims to reinvigorate realist international relations theory by developing a catalogue of micro-mechanisms able to explain security policy decision-making. Typically, realism discounts the role of individuals and uses states as the unit of analysis. By examining instead the mental ...

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