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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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Reinterpreting Russia's Strategic Culture The Russian Way of War

Reinterpreting Russia's Strategic Culture: The Russian Way of War

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Nicolò Fasola
July 05, 2024

This book analyses the categories of thought underpinning Russia’s strategic decision-making and military operations, unpacking their nature, development, and interaction. The work argues that mainstream Western analysis of Russian military and strategic behaviour is affected by two limitations: ...

War Narratives in Post-Conflict Societies Keeping the Past Alive in the former Yugoslavia

War Narratives in Post-Conflict Societies: Keeping the Past Alive in the former Yugoslavia

1st Edition

By Michal Mochtak
February 29, 2024

This book studies war narratives and their role in the political arenas of post-conflict societies, with a focus on the former Yugoslavia. How do politicians in postwar societies talk about the past war? How do they discursively represent vulnerable social groups created by the conflict? Does the ...

International Legitimacy and the Domestic Use of Force A New Theoretical Framework

International Legitimacy and the Domestic Use of Force: A New Theoretical Framework

1st Edition

By Megan Price
January 29, 2024

This book examines how states justify the domestic use of military force to foreign audiences. By deploying a sociological approach to legitimacy and drawing on conceptual tools which deal directly with the dynamics of justification, it offers a novel framework for understanding the politics of ...

Defending NATO’s Northern Flank Power Projection and Military Operations

Defending NATO’s Northern Flank: Power Projection and Military Operations

1st Edition

Edited By Lon Strauss, Njord Wegge
November 01, 2023

This book investigates several aspects of military power and security in the North Atlantic and Arctic regions. NATO’s northern flank is a large maritime and littoral theatre, where NATO directly borders Russia’s Northern Fleet Military Administrative Territory, which is the location of some of ...

Drones and Global Order Implications of Remote Warfare for International Society

Drones and Global Order: Implications of Remote Warfare for International Society

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Lushenko, Srinjoy Bose, William Maley
September 25, 2023

This book explores the implications of drone warfare for the legitimacy of global order. The literature on drone warfare has evolved from studying the proliferation of drones, to measuring their effectiveness, to exploring their legal, moral, and ethical impacts. These "three waves" of scholarship ...

Prosecutorial Discretion in the International Criminal Court Legitimacy and the Politics of Justice

Prosecutorial Discretion in the International Criminal Court: Legitimacy and the Politics of Justice

1st Edition

By Farid Mohammed Rashid
September 25, 2023

This book provides the first scholarly investigation of prosecutorial discretion in the International Criminal Court (ICC) from an interdisciplinary perspective. This work analyses the discretionary power of the ICC prosecutor and its scope. It explains that there is a tendency to overlook the ...

Militia Order in Afghanistan Guardians or Gangsters?

Militia Order in Afghanistan: Guardians or Gangsters?

1st Edition

By Matthew P. Dearing
May 31, 2023

This book offers a new insight into when and why paramilitary groups in Afghanistan engage in protective or predatory behavior against the civilians they purportedly defend. In Afghanistan’s counterinsurgency environment, America leaned on militias to provide order and stabilize communities cut ...

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

By Ophir Falk
May 31, 2023

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 ...

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

1st Edition

Edited By Michele Testoni
January 09, 2023

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 ...

Contesting Torture Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Contesting Torture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Rory Cox, Faye Donnelly, Anthony Lang Jr.
October 27, 2022

This edited volume seeks to contest prevailing assumptions about torture and to consider why, despite its illegality, torture continues to be widely employed and misrepresented. The resurgence of torture and public justifications of it led to the central questions that this inter-disciplinary ...

Serbian Paramilitaries and the Breakup of Yugoslavia State Connections and Patterns of Violence

Serbian Paramilitaries and the Breakup of Yugoslavia: State Connections and Patterns of Violence

1st Edition

By Iva Vukušić
September 30, 2022

This is the first book to offer a comprehensive analysis of the emergence, nature, and function of Serbian paramilitary units during the violent breakup of Yugoslavia. The book investigates the nature and functions of paramilitary units throughout the 1990s, and their ties to the state and ...

Security Cooperation between Western States Openness, Security and Autonomy

Security Cooperation between Western States: Openness, Security and Autonomy

1st Edition

By Olivier Lewis
August 22, 2022

This book examines security cooperation between Western states. Security cooperation occurs between Western (i.e. European and North American) states as a coping mechanism, as an imperfect substitute for integration. The book investigates the reasons for cooperation, what Aristotle called the ‘...

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