Politics & International Relations Textbooks New and Key Titles

This online collection contains key textbooks from new and established authors in the areas of Political Science, International Relations, Military & Strategic Studies, and Public Administration & Management. Including a wide range of textbooks for undergraduate and postgraduate courses, you will find whatever you need to teach courses on a variety of subjects, and challenge your students along the way.

Security Studies

  • Fighting and Negotiating with Armed Groups

    The Difficulty of Securing Strategic Outcomes, 1st Edition

    By Samir Puri

    What constitutes an effective and realistic strategy for dealing with non-state armed groups? This question has bedevilled states the world over. From Colombia and FARC, Turkey and the PKK, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the persistent insurgency in Iraq – the governments concerned…

    Paperback – 2019-01-11
    Routledge
    Adelphi series

  • Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century

    8th Edition

    By Cynthia C. Combs

    Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century helps readers understand terrorism, responses to it, and current trends that affect the future of this phenomenon. Putting terrorism into historical perspective and analyzing it as a form of political violence, this text presents the most essential concepts,…

    Paperback – 2017-12-01
    Routledge

  • Presidential Leadership and National Security

    The Obama Legacy and Trump Trajectory, 1st Edition

    Edited by Richard S. Conley

    This book assesses the foreign policy legacy of the Obama administration through the lens of national security and leadership. Timely, accessible chapters authored by leading scholars of presidential and international politics cover White House-Cabinet relations; Congress and War Powers; challenges…

    Paperback – 2017-11-01
    Routledge

  • Cybersecurity Ethics

    An Introduction, 1st Edition

    By Mary Manjikian

    This new textbook offers an accessible introduction to the topic of cybersecurity ethics. The book is split into three parts. Part I provides an introduction to the field of ethics, philosophy and philosophy of science, three ethical frameworks – virtue ethics, utilitarian ethics and communitarian…

    Paperback – 2017-10-31
    Routledge

  • The Darkest Sides of Politics, II

    State Terrorism, “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Religious Extremism, and Organized Crime, 1st Edition

    By Jeffrey M. Bale

    This book examines a wide array of phenomena that arguably constitute the most noxious, extreme, terrifying, murderous, secretive, authoritarian, and/or anti-democratic aspects of national and international politics. Scholars should not ignore these "dark sides" of politics, however unpleasant they…

    Paperback – 2017-10-10
    Apple Academic Press
    Extremism and Democracy

  • Theories of Terrorism

    An Introduction, 1st Edition

    By Daniela Pisoiu, Sandra Hain

    This new textbook provides students with a multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological introduction to terrorism studies. The book identifies the main theories proposed in the field of terrorism studies as they relate to several issues: why and how individuals and organizations get…

    Paperback – 2017-09-26
    Routledge

  • Contemporary Just War

    Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

    By Tamar Meisels

    This book offers a renewed defense of traditional just war theory and considers its application to certain contemporary cases, particularly in the Middle East. The first part of the book addresses and responds to the central theoretical criticisms levelled at traditional just war theory. It offers…

    Paperback – 2017-08-31
    Routledge
    War, Conflict and Ethics

  • The Darkest Sides of Politics, I

    Postwar Fascism, Covert Operations, and Terrorism, 1st Edition

    By Jeffrey M. Bale

    This book examines a wide array of phenomena that arguably constitute the most noxious, extreme, terrifying, murderous, secretive, authoritarian, and/or anti-democratic aspects of national and international politics. Scholars should not ignore these "dark sides" of politics, however unpleasant they…

    Paperback – 2017-08-29
    Routledge
    Extremism and Democracy

  • Just War Thinkers

    From Cicero to the 21st Century, 1st Edition

    Edited by Daniel R. Brunstetter, Cian O’Driscoll

    This volume offers a set of concise and accessible introductions to the seminal figures in the historical development of the just war tradition. In what, if any, circumstances are political communities justified in going to war? And what limits should apply to the conduct of any such war? The just…

    Paperback – 2017-08-21
    Routledge
    War, Conflict and Ethics

  • War, Conflict and Human Rights

    Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition

    By Chandra Lekha Sriram, Olga Martin-Ortega, Johanna Herman

    War, Conflict and Human Rights is an innovative inter-disciplinary textbook, combining aspects of law, politics and conflict analysis to examine the relationship between human rights and armed conflict. This third edition has been fully revised and updated, and contains a completely new chapter on…

    Paperback – 2017-08-02
    Routledge

  • Understanding Racist Activism

    Theory, Methods, and Research, 1st Edition

    By Kathleen M. Blee

    White supremacist groups are highly secretive, so their public propaganda tells us little about their operations or the people they attract. To understand the world of organized racism it is necessary to study it from the inside by talking to their members and observing their groups. Doing so…

    Paperback – 2017-07-27
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Fascism and the Far Right

  • Russia’s New Ground Forces

    Capabilities, Limitations and Implications for International Security, 1st Edition

    By Igor Sutyagin, Justin Bronk

    This Whitehall Paper provides an in-depth analysis of Russia’s Ground Forces, including airborne and naval troops. It examines their role in Russian foreign policy, reforms to units’ equipment and operational roles, performance during combat operations against Ukraine, and current unit deployment…

    Paperback – 2017-07-25
    Routledge
    Whitehall Papers

  • Social Movements and Civil War

    When Protests for Democratization Fail, 1st Edition

    By Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker, Bogumila Hall, Emin Poljarevic, Daniel P. Ritter

    This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements’ struggles for democracy end up in civil war.…

    Paperback – 2017-07-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflict

  • International Migration and International Security

    Why Prejudice Is a Global Security Threat, 1st Edition

    By Valeria Bello

    Through an interdisciplinary analytic lens that combines debates emerged in the fields of international relations, political science and sociology, Valeria Bello reveals how transnational dynamics have increased extremism, prejudiced attitudes towards others and international xenophobia. Bello…

    Paperback – 2017-04-12
    Routledge

  • Protecting Human Rights in the 21st Century

    1st Edition

    Edited by Aidan Hehir, Robert W. Murray

    This book contributes to current debates on the protection of human rights in the 21st century. With the global economic collapse, the rise of the BRICS, the post-intervention chaos in Libya, the migration crisis in Europe, and the regional conflagration sparked by the conflict in Syria,…

    Paperback – 2017-04-11
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding

  • States and Peoples in Conflict

    Transformations of Conflict Studies, 1st Edition

    Edited by Michael Stohl, Mark I. Lichbach, Peter Nils Grabosky

    This volume evaluates the state of the art in conflict studies. Original chapters by leading scholars survey theoretical and empirical research on the origins, processes, patterns, and consequences of most forms and contexts of political conflict, protest, repression, and rebellion. Contributors…

    Paperback – 2017-04-06
    Routledge

  • The New United Nations

    International Organization in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd Edition

    By John Allphin Moore, Jr., Jerry Pubantz

    With a fresh look at challenges to the UN in Syria, Iran, Russia, and elsewhere, the second edition of this successful text highlights new international trends toward global governance, holistic democracy and human development, and progress on peacebuilding and counterterrorism. A comprehensive…

    Paperback – 2017-03-07
    Routledge

  • Obstacles to Peacebuilding

    1st Edition

    By Graciana del Castillo

    Combining the insights of a seasoned practitioner with the academic rigor of a meticulous policy and risk analyst, del Castillo discusses the major obstacles to peacebuilding that need to be removed before war-torn countries can move towards peace, stability, and prosperity. As Secretary-General…

    Paperback – 2017-02-20
    Routledge
    Global Institutions

  • UN Peacekeeping Doctrine in a New Era

    Adapting to Stabilisation, Protection and New Threats, 1st Edition

    Edited by Cedric de Coning, Chiyuki Aoi, John Karlsrud

    This edited volume offers a thorough review of peacekeeping theory and reality in contemporary contexts, and aligns the two to help inform practice. Recent UN peacekeeping operations have challenged the traditional peacekeeping principles of consent, impartiality and the minimum use of force. The…

    Paperback – 2017-02-14
    Routledge
    Global Institutions

  • Harsh Lessons

    Iraq, Afghanistan and the Changing Character of War, 1st Edition

    By Ben Barry

    The recent Afghanistan and Iraq wars were very controversial. The conflicts’ casualties, intractability and the apparent failure of the US and its allies to achieve their objectives mean that many see the wars as failures. This resulted in a loss of confidence in the West of the utility of force as…

    Paperback – 2017-02-08
    Routledge

  • US Defense Politics

    The Origins of Security Policy, 3rd Edition

    By Harvey M. Sapolsky, Eugene Gholz, Caitlin Talmadge

    This book provides an accessible overview of US defense politics for upper-level students. This new edition has been fully updated and revised, with a new chapter on veterans and new material on topics such as cyberwarfare and lobbying. Analyzing the ways in which the United States prepares for…

    Paperback – 2017-01-24
    Routledge

  • Resolving Structural Conflicts

    How Violent Systems Can Be Transformed, 1st Edition

    By Richard E. Rubenstein

    This book analyses how certain types of social systems generate violent conflict and discusses how these systems can be transformed in order to create the conditions for positive peace. Resolving Structural Conflicts addresses a key issue in the field of conflict studies: what to do about violent…

    Paperback – 2017-01-10
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

  • Everyone Loses

    The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, 1st Edition

    By Samuel Charap, Timothy J. Colton

    Disorder erupted in Ukraine in 2014, involving the overthrow of a sitting government, the Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and a violent insurrection, supported by Moscow, in the east of the country. This Adelphi book argues that the crisis has yielded a ruinous outcome, in which all…

    Paperback – 2016-12-21
    Routledge
    Adelphi series

  • Global Powers of Horror

    Security, Politics, and the Body in Pieces, 1st Edition

    By Francois Debrix

    Global Powers of Horror examines contemporary regimes of horror, into horror’s intricacies, and into their deployment on and through human bodies and body parts. To track horror’s work, what horror decomposes and, perhaps, recomposes, Debrix goes beyond the idea of the integrality and integrity of…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
    Routledge
    Interventions

  • Genocide

    A Comprehensive Introduction, 3rd Edition

    By Adam Jones

    Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction is the most wide-ranging textbook on genocide yet published. The book is designed as a text for upper-undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a primer for non-specialists and general readers interested in learning about one of humanity’s enduring…

    Paperback – 2016-12-19
    Routledge

  • Understanding Intelligence Failure

    Warning, Response and Deterrence, 1st Edition

    By James J. Wirtz

    This collection, comprising key works by James J. Wirtz, explains how different threat perceptions can lead to strategic surprise attack, intelligence failure and the failure of deterrence. This volume adopts a strategist’s view of the issue of surprise and intelligence failure by placing these…

    Paperback – 2016-11-09
    Routledge
    Studies in Intelligence

  • International and Regional Security

    The Causes of War and Peace, 1st Edition

    By Benjamin Miller

    This volume is a collection of the best essays of Professor Benjamin Miller on the subjects of international and regional security. The book analyses the interrelationships between international politics and regional and national security, with a special focus on the sources of international…

    Paperback – 2016-11-09
    Routledge
    Routledge Global Security Studies

  • Space Warfare in the 21st Century

    Arming the Heavens, 1st Edition

    By Joan Johnson-Freese

    This book examines the recent shift in US space policy and the forces that continually draw the US back into a space-technology security dilemma. The dual-use nature of the vast majority of space technology, meaning of value to both civilian and military communities and being unable to…

    Paperback – 2016-11-08
    Routledge
    Cass Military Studies

  • Role Theory and Role Conflict in U.S.-Iran Relations

    Enemies of Our Own Making, 1st Edition

    By Akan Malici, Stephen G. Walker

    U.S.-Iran relations continue to be an international security problem in the Middle East. These two countries could have been friends, but instead they have become enemies. Stating this thesis raises the following questions: Why are the United States and Iran enemies? How and when did this…

    Paperback – 2016-10-21
    Routledge
    Role Theory and International Relations

  • Modern Military Strategy

    An Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Elinor C. Sloan

    This textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to post-Cold War military theory for students of strategic studies. This second edition has been fully revised and updated, including a new chapter on peacekeeping, and examines contemporary strategic thought on the conduct of war in the sea, land…

    Paperback – 2016-10-11
    Routledge

  • Masquerades of War

    1st Edition

    Edited by Christine Sylvester

    Paperback – 2016-08-24
    Routledge
    War, Politics and Experience

  • Evolutionary Psychology and Terrorism

    1st Edition

    Edited by Max Taylor, Ken Pease, Jason Roach

    This book explores the evolutionary context of terrorism and political violence. While evolutionary thinking has come to permeate both biological and social-science theorising, it has not yet been applied systematically to the areas of terrorism and political violence. This volume seeks to do this…

    Paperback – 2016-08-24
    Routledge
    Political Violence

  • Theories of Violent Conflict

    An Introduction, 2nd Edition

    By Jolle Demmers

    This revised and updated second edition introduces students of violent conflict to a variety of prominent theoretical approaches, and examines the ontological stances and epistemological traditions underlying these approaches. Theories of Violent Conflict takes the centrality of the ‘group’ as an…

    Paperback – 2016-08-08
    Routledge

  • The International in Security, Security in the International

    1st Edition

    By Pinar Bilgin

    International Relations continues to come under fire for its relative absence of international perspectives. In this exciting new volume, Pinar Bilgin encourages readers to consider both why and how ‘non-core’ geocultural sites allow us to think differently about key aspects of global politics.…

    Paperback – 2016-07-22
    Routledge
    Worlding Beyond the West

  • Business and Conflict in Fragile States

    The Case for Pragmatic Solutions, 1st Edition

    By Brian Ganson, Achim Wennmann

    Large-scale investments in fragile states – in Latin America, Africa, the former Soviet Union and Asia – become magnets for conflict, which undermines business, development and security. International policy responds with regulation, state-building and institutional reform, with poor and often…

    Paperback – 2016-05-31
    Routledge
    Adelphi series

  • Researching War

    Feminist Methods, Ethics and Politics, 1st Edition

    Edited by Annick T. R. Wibben

    Researching War provides a unique overview of varied feminist contributions to the study of war through case studies from around the world. Written by well-respected scholars, each chapter explicitly showcases the role of feminist methodological, ethical and political commitments in the research…

    Paperback – 2016-05-19
    Routledge
    Interventions

  • China’s Cyber Power

    1st Edition

    By Nigel Inkster

    China’s emergence as a major global power is reshaping the cyber domain. The country has the world’s largest internet-user community, a growing economic footprint and increasingly capable military and intelligence services. Harnessing these assets, it is pursuing a patient, assertive foreign policy…

    Paperback – 2016-05-06
    Routledge
    Adelphi series

  • The Securitisation of Climate Change

    Actors, Processes and Consequences, 1st Edition

    By Thomas Diez, Franziskus von Lucke, Zehra Wellmann

    This book provides the first systematic comparative analysis of climate security discourses. It analyses the securitisation of climate change in four different countries: USA, Germany, Turkey, and Mexico. The empirical analysis traces how specific climate-security discourses have become dominant,…

    Paperback – 2016-05-05
    Routledge
    PRIO New Security Studies

  • Nuclear Weapons and International Security

    Collected Essays, 1st Edition

    By Ramesh Thakur

    This volume brings together more than three decades of research and writings by Professor Ramesh Thakur on the challenges posed by nuclear weapons. Following an introduction to the current nuclear state of play, the book addresses the challenge of nuclear weapons in three parts. Part I describes…

    Paperback – 2016-03-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Global Security Studies

  • The New Warfare

    Rethinking Rules for an Unruly World, 1st Edition

    By J. Martin Rochester

    This book looks at the evolving relationship between war and international law, examining the complex practical and legal dilemmas posed by the changing nature of war in the contemporary world, whether the traditional rules governing the onset and conduct of hostilities apply anymore, and how they…

    Paperback – 2016-03-07
    Routledge
    International Studies Intensives

  • Ethical Security Studies

    A New Research Agenda, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jonna Nyman, Anthony Burke

     At a time of grave ethical failure in global security affairs, this is the first book to bring together emerging theoretical debates on ethics and ethical reasoning within security studies. In this volume, working from a diverse range of perspectives—poststructuralism, liberalism, feminism,…

    Paperback – 2016-03-01
    Routledge
    Routledge Critical Security Studies

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross

    A Neutral Humanitarian Actor, 2nd Edition

    By David P. Forsythe, Barbara Ann Rieffer-Flanagan

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has a complex position in international relations, being the guardian of international humanitarian law but often acting discretely to advance human dignity. Treated by most governments as if it were an inter-governmental organization, the ICRC is…

    Paperback – 2016-02-29
    Routledge
    Global Institutions

  • The New Islamic State

    Ideology, Religion and Violent Extremism in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

    By Jack Covarrubias, Tom Lansford

    The rise of the Islamic State has dramatically forced a recalculation of political order and security in the Persian Gulf and broader Greater Middle East by the United States and its allies and adversaries, including, most notably, Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Since the Arab Spring of 2011, the…

    Paperback – 2016-02-28
    Routledge

  • Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War

    1st Edition

    By William H. Shaw

    This book offers a detailed utilitarian analysis of the ethical issues involved in war. Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War addresses the two basic ethical questions posed by war: when, if ever, are we morally justified in waging war, and if recourse to arms is warranted, how are we permitted to…

    Paperback – 2016-02-15
    Routledge
    War, Conflict and Ethics

  • Strategy and Politics

    1st Edition

    By Colin S. Gray

    This book examines the subject of strategy and its relationship with politics. Despite the fact that strategy is always the product of political process, the relationship between the two concepts and their ancillary activities has scarcely been touched by scholars. This book corrects that serious…

    Paperback – 2016-02-11
    Routledge

  • Asia's Latent Nuclear Powers

    Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, 1st Edition

    By Mark Fitzpatrick

    If the nuclear weapons club were to further expand, would America�s democratic allies in Northeast Asia be among the next entrants? Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all have robust civilian nuclear energy programmes that make them �virtual nuclear powers� according to many analysts. All three once…

    Paperback – 2016-02-03
    Routledge

  • Ethics and the Future of Spying

    Technology, National Security and Intelligence Collection, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jai Galliott, Warren Reed

    This volume examines the ethical issues generated by recent developments in intelligence collection and offers a comprehensive analysis of the key legal, moral and social questions thereby raised. Intelligence officers, whether gatherers, analysts or some combination thereof, are operating in a sea…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
    Routledge
    Studies in Intelligence