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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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Contesting Torture Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Contesting Torture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Rory Cox, Faye Donnelly, Anthony F. 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 which 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

Forthcoming

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

Forthcoming

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 ‘...

Impact in International Affairs The Quest for World-Leading Research

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

1st Edition

By James Gow, Henry Redwood
August 01, 2022

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...

Reconciliation after War Historical Perspectives on Transitional Justice

Reconciliation after War: Historical Perspectives on Transitional Justice

1st Edition

Edited By Rachel Kerr, Henry Redwood, James Gow
August 01, 2022

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, ...

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
July 01, 2022

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 ...

Transitional Justice in Peacebuilding Actor-Contingent and Malleable Justice

Transitional Justice in Peacebuilding: Actor-Contingent and Malleable Justice

1st Edition

By Djeyhoun Ostowar
May 30, 2022

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 ...

Understanding Russian Strategic Behavior Imperial Strategic Culture and Putin’s Operational Code

Understanding Russian Strategic Behavior: Imperial Strategic Culture and Putin’s Operational Code

1st Edition

By Graeme P. Herd
January 28, 2022

This book examines the extent to which Russia’s strategic behavior is the product of its imperial strategic culture and Putin’s own operational code. The work argues that, by conflating personalistic regime survival with national security, Putin ensures that contemporary Russian national ...

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
December 29, 2021

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
December 16, 2021

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
July 19, 2021

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 ...

George W. Bush's Foreign Policies Principles and Pragmatism

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

1st Edition

By Donette Murray, David Brown, Martin A. Smith
March 31, 2021

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 ...

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