Contemporary Security Studies

Edited by James Gow, Rachel Kerr

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.

  • Bush's Foreign and Security Policy

    Principle or Partisanship?

    By Donette Murray, David Brown, Martin A. Smith

    This book offers a fresh assessment of the Bush presidency that builds on the ‘first cut of history’ (much of which is partisan) and the growing collection of memoirs and personal accounts purporting to explain America’s 43rd president. This account challenges readers to look more closely at…

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  • Russian Imperialism Revisited

    Neo-Empire, State Interests and Hegemonic Power

    By Domitilla Sagramoso

    By examining Russia’s military, economic, political, and diplomatic policies towards the former Soviet states since 1991, this book assesses whether Russian leaders have been able to discard the country’s imperial legacy.…

    Hardback – 2016-03-30 
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  • Prosecuting Slobodan Milosevic

    The Unfinished Trial

    By Nevenka Tromp

    This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the record of the trial of former Serbian leader Slobodan Miloševic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). It relies primarily on the trial record and advances the notion that such a record, even where the trial is…

    Hardback – 2016-03-30 
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  • Ethics, Technology and the American Way of War

    Cruise Missiles and US Security Policy

    By Reuben E. Brigety II

    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…

    Paperback – 2015-08-20 
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  • The NATO Intervention in Libya

    Lessons learned from the campaign

    Edited by Kjell Engelbrekt, Marcus Mohlin, Charlotte Wagnsson

    This book explores ‘lessons learned’ from the military intervention in Libya by examining key aspects of the 2011 NATO campaign. NATO’s intervention in Libya had unique features, rendering it unlikely to serve as a model for action in other situations. There was an explicit UN Security Council…

    Paperback – 2015-06-08
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  • The US, NATO and Military Burden-Sharing

    By Stephen J. Cimbala, Peter Forster

    This study establishes that the political, economic and military-technological changes that transform the international system also alter the way in which a state views its and others' responsibilities and burdens for responding to international crises. It assesses the distribution of the costs of…

    Paperback – 2015-05-07
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  • Ethics and the Laws of War

    The Moral Justification of Legal Norms

    By Antony Lamb

    This book is an examination of the permissions, prohibitions and obligations found in just war theory, and the moral grounds for laws concerning war. Pronouncing an action or course of actions to be prohibited, permitted or obligatory by just war theory does not thereby establish the moral grounds…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • Militancy and Violence in West Africa

    Religion, politics and radicalisation

    Edited by James Gow, Funmi Olonisakin, Ernst Dijxhoorn

    This volume provides a systematic and cross-regional analysis of radicalisation, militancy and violence in West Africa. Concern about terrorism in, or from, West Africa, has been recognised in academic research, and the adoption of militarised approaches to addressing it questioned. However, the…

    Paperback – 2015-04-26
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  • Liberal Wars

    Anglo-American Strategy, Ideology and Practice

    Edited by Alan Cromartie

     This book addresses the relationship between the 'liberal' values of Anglo-Saxon cultures and the way that they conduct themselves when they are fighting - or preparing to fight - wars. The United States and the United Kingdom are characterised by a consensus that their social and political…

    Hardback – 2015-04-23
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  • Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War

    Winning domestic support for the Afghan War

    Edited by Beatrice De Graaf, George Dimitriu, Jens Ringsmose

    This volume explores the way governments endeavoured to build and maintain public support for the war in Afghanistan, combining new insights on the effects of strategic narratives with an exhaustive series of case studies. In contemporary wars, with public opinion impacting heavily on outcomes,…

    Hardback – 2015-02-08
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  • Reconstructing Afghanistan

    Civil-Military Experiences in Comparative Perspective

    Edited by William Maley, Susanne Schmeidl

    This book identifies some of the main lessons for civil-military interactions that can be derived from the experiences of Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in Afghanistan. The book has three main themes. Firstly, the volume analyses why the ways in which civil and military actors interact in…

    Hardback – 2014-12-02
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  • Understanding NATO in the 21st Century

    Alliance Strategies, Security and Global Governance

    Edited by Graeme P. Herd, John Kriendler

    Understanding NATO in the 21st Century enhances existing strategic debates and clarifies thinking as to the direction and scope of NATO’s potential evolution in the 21st century. The book seeks to identify the possible contours and trade-offs embedded within a potential third "Transatlantic Bargain…

    Paperback – 2014-09-11
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  • Countering the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

    NATO and EU Options in the Mediterranean and the Middle East

    By Thanos P. Dokos

    As counter-profileration is expected to become the central element in the new national security policy of the US, such actions will constitute a central element of every major international conflict in the first decades of the 21st century. One of the most important geostrategic phenomena of the…

    Paperback – 2014-08-14
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  • Military Transformation and Strategy

    Revolutions in Military Affairs and Small States

    Edited by Bernard Loo

    This book explores the idea of a ‘revolution in military affairs’ (RMA), which underpins the transformational agenda of the US military, and examines its implications for smaller states. The strategic studies literature on the RMA tends to be American-centric and directed towards the strategic…

    Paperback – 2014-07-16
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  • Truth Recovery and Transitional Justice

    Deferring human rights issues

    By Iosif Kovras

    This book investigates why some societies defer transitional justice issues after successful democratic consolidation. Despite democratisation, the exhumation of mass graves containing the victims from the violence in Cyprus (1963-1974) and the Spanish civil war (1936-1939) was delayed until the…

    Hardback – 2014-05-01
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  • Crime-Terror Alliances and the State

    Ethnonationalist and Islamist Challenges to Regional Security

    By Lyubov Grigorova Mincheva, Ted Robert Gurr

    This book examines the trans-border connections between militant and criminal networks and the relationship between these and the states in which they operate. "Unholy alliances" is a term used to describe hybrid trans-border militant and criminal networks that pose serious threats to security in…

    Paperback – 2013-12-05
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  • European Homeland Security

    A European Strategy in the Making?

    Edited by Christian Kaunert, Sarah Léonard, Patryk Pawlak

    This book examines the processes and factors shaping the development of homeland security policies in the European Union (EU), within the wider context of European integration. The EU functions in a complex security environment, with perceived security threats from Islamist terrorists, migration…

    Paperback – 2013-11-10
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  • The EU, the UN and Collective Security

    Making Multilateralism Effective

    Edited by Joachim Krause, Natalino Ronzitti

    This book examines the effectiveness of multilateralism in ensuring collective security and, in particular, the EU’s role in this process. In 1992, shortly after the end of the Cold War, a Security Council Summit in New York reaffirmed the salience of the system of collective security and stated…

    Paperback – 2013-11-10
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  • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century

    Europe, America and the Rise of the Rest

    By Erwan Lagadec

    This book offers an overview of the interface between European integration, transatlantic relations, and the 'rise of the rest' in the early 21st century. The collapse of the Soviet bloc opened up an era in which the drivers and perceived benefits of the US alliance among European countries have…

    Paperback – 2013-11-10
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  • International Law, Security and Ethics

    Policy Challenges in the post-9/11 World

    Edited by Aidan Hehir, Natasha Kuhrt, Andrew Mumford

    This book examines the different ways in which the laws governing the use of force and the conduct of warfare have become subject to intense scrutiny and contestation since the initiation of the war on terror. Since the end of the Cold War, the nature of security challenges has changed radically…

    Paperback – 2013-10-28
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  • Controlling the Weapons of War

    Politics, Persuasion, and the Prohibition of Inhumanity

    By Brian Rappert

    A fresh examination of the ethical and intellectual issues and dilemmas associated with attempts to establish formal humanitarian limits on weaponry. This new study considers how governments, non-governmental organizations, academics, political commentators and others have responded to…

    Paperback – 2013-10-24
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  • Multipolarity in the 21st Century

    A New World Order

    Edited by Donette Murray, David Brown

    This book seeks to help shape the debate surrounding power and polarity in the twenty-first century, both by assessing the likelihood of US decline and by analysing what each of the so-called 'rising powers' can do. As the twenty-first century moves out of its first decade, American supremacy…

    Paperback – 2013-10-06
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  • US Hegemony and International Legitimacy

    Norms, Power and Followership in the Wars on Iraq

    By Lavina Rajendram Lee

    This book examines US hegemony and international legitimacy in the post-Cold War era, focusing on its leadership in the two wars on Iraq. The preference for unilateral action in foreign policy under the Bush Administration, culminating in the use of force against Iraq in 2003, has unquestionably…

    Paperback – 2013-09-22
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  • Prosecuting War Crimes

    Lessons and legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

    Edited by James Gow, Rachel Kerr, Zoran Pajic

    This volume examines the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was created under Chapter VII of the UN Charter as a mechanism explicitly aimed at the restoration and maintenance of international peace and security. As the ICTY has now entered…

    Hardback – 2013-08-21
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  • Understanding Emerging Security Challenges

    Threats and Opportunities

    By Ashok Swain

    This book offers an overview of emerging security challenges in the global environment in the post-Cold War era. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent shifting of international political environment, a new broader concept of security began to gain acceptance. This concept encompassed…

    Paperback – 2013-07-31
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  • The EU and the European Security Order

    Interfacing Security Actors

    By Rikard Bengtsson

    This book attempts to conceptualise EU action in the field of regional security. Drawing on constructivist theory, the framework of the book focuses on the meeting - or 'interface' - of actors, a situation reflecting the mutual construction of self, other and situation. The analytical…

    Paperback – 2013-05-30
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  • Mechanistic Realism and US Foreign Policy

    A New Framework for Analysis

    By Johannes Gullestad Rø

    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…

    Hardback – 2013-05-29
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  • Kennedy, Johnson and NATO

    Britain, America and the Dynamics of Alliance, 1962-68

    By Andrew Priest

    Kennedy, Johnson and the Defence of NATO is an incisive reassessment of Anglo-American defence relations, which form a crucial part of international security. Andrew Priest closely examines this key relationship by focusing on the so-called Nassau agreement of December 1962. He clearly places…

    Paperback – 2012-11-29
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  • Russian Governance in the 21st Century

    Geo-Strategy, Geopolitics and New Governance

    By Irina Isakova

    A stimulating new analysis of the dramatic systemic changes of the Russian state, principles of the governance and its foreign policy orientation. It reviews the extent of changes in Russian approaches to geopolitics and the most appropriate geopolitical development patterns that influenced…

    Paperback – 2012-11-29
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  • Perception and Reality in the Modern Yugoslav Conflict

    Myth, Falsehood and Deceit 1991-1995

    By Brendan O'Shea

    In this book, the author has tried bridge the gap between the common perception of the Yugoslav conflict as portrayed in the media and the actual grim reality with which he was dealing as an EU monitor on the ground. Drawing on original material from both UN and ECMM sources, he has identified the…

    Paperback – 2012-11-01
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  • Bosnian Security after Dayton

    New Perspectives

    Edited by Michael A. Innes

    Featuring fresh contributions from leading scholars, this new volume considers a varied range of post-war, post-Dayton and post-9/11 problems and issues, reminding readers that Dayton is not the only challenge to the safety, stability, and long-term viability of the post-war Bosnian state. Drawing…

    Paperback – 2012-10-21
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  • Russia, NATO and Cooperative Security

    Bridging the Gap

    By Lionel Ponsard

    This book explores mutual common ground between Russia and NATO and the potential to move beyond cultural differences, particularly in political culture. Lionel Ponsard clearly demonstrates how cooperative security could serve as a means to bridge the gap between two supposedly antagonistic…

    Paperback – 2012-09-12
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  • War, Ethics and Justice

    New Perspectives on a Post-9/11 World

    Edited by Annika Bergman-Rosamond, Mark Phythian

    This edited volume addresses the key issues of ethics, war and international relations in the post-9/11 world. There is a lively debate in contemporary international relations concerning the relationship between statist obligations to one’s own political community and cosmopolitan duties to…

    Paperback – 2012-07-22
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  • The Foreign Office and Finland

    Diplomatic Sideshow

    By Craig Gerrard

    The book looks at the ways in which the Northern Department of the Foreign Office approached matters pertaining to Finland in the years 1938-1940, concentrating on the particular issues of the proposed refortification of the Åland Islands, Finnish rearmament and aid to Finland during the Winter War…

    Paperback – 2012-07-12
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  • Transforming European Militaries

    Coalition Operations and the Technology Gap

    By Gordon Adams, Guy Ben-Ari

    A unique look at European Network Enabled Capabilities (NEC) and their implications for transatlantic co-operation in future operations. Gordon Adams and Guy Ben-Ari identify the key requirements for improvement of Europe’s abilities as an international actor. They focus on national and…

    Paperback – 2012-06-28
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  • Justifying America's Wars

    The Conduct and Practice of US Military Intervention

    By Nicholas Kerton-Johnson

    This book examines the justifications for, and practice of, war by the US since 1990, and examines four case studies: the Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. The author undertakes an examination of presidential speeches and public documents from this period to determine the focal points on…

    Paperback – 2012-05-29
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  • Women, Peace and Security

    Translating Policy into Practice

    Edited by Funmi Olonisakin, Karen Barnes, Eka Ikpe

    This book provides a critical assessment of the impact of UN Resolution 1325 by examining the effect of peacebuilding missions on increasing gender equality within conflict-affected countries. UN Resolution 1325 was adopted in October 2000, and was the first time that the security concerns of…

    Paperback – 2012-03-21
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  • Rethinking Security Governance

    The Problem of Unintended Consequences

    Edited by Christopher Daase, Cornelius Friesendorf

    This book explores the unintended consequences of security governance actions and explores how their effects can be limited. Security governance describes new modes of security policy that differ from traditional approaches to national and international security. While traditional security policy…

    Paperback – 2012-02-20
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  • Aggression, Crime and International Security

    Moral, Political and Legal Dimensions of International Relations

    By Page Wilson

    Aggression, Crime and International Security examines the concept of aggression in international relations and how it has been dealt with by international law and collective security organisations. This book analyses the evolution of the concept of aggression in international relations from World…

    Paperback – 2012-01-30
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  • Legitimacy and the Use of Armed Force

    Stability Missions in the Post-Cold War Era

    By Chiyuki Aoi

    This book examines the concept of legitimacy as it may be used to explain the success, or failure, of key stability operations since the end of the Cold War. In the success of stability operations, legitimacy is key. In order to achieve success, the intervening force must create a sense of…

    Paperback – 2011-12-14
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  • European Security Governance

    The European Union in a Westphalian World

    Edited by Charlotte Wagnsson, James Sperling, Jan Hallenberg

    This book focuses on the problems of, and prospects for, strengthening the global system of security governance in a manner consistent with the aspirations and practices of the EU. The EU approach to security governance has been successful in its immediate neighbourhood: it has successfully…

    Paperback – 2011-10-31
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  • Private Security Contractors and New Wars

    Risk, Law, and Ethics

    By Kateri Carmola

    This book addresses the ambiguities of the growing use of private security contractors and provides guidance as to how our expectations about regulating this expanding ‘service’ industry will have to be adjusted. In the warzones of Iraq and Afghanistan many of those who carry weapons are not…

    Paperback – 2011-06-05
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  • Russia's Foreign Security Policy in the 21st Century

    Putin, Medvedev and Beyond

    By Marcel De Haas

    This book examines Russia’s external security policy under the presidencies of Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Medvedev and beyond.The Russian Federation has developed from a neglected regional power into a self-declared resurgent superpower. Russia’s background in the former Soviet Union as well as close…

    Paperback – 2011-06-05
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  • US Counter-Terrorism Strategy and al-Qaeda

    Signalling and the Terrorist World-View

    By Joshua A. Geltzer

    This book examines the communicative aspects and implications of US counter-terrorist policies towards al-Qaeda. Recent US counter-terrorist strategy has been largely based upon projecting certain perceptions of America as an actor to those drawn to al-Qaeda, and this book investigates in what…

    Paperback – 2011-04-14
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  • Transitional Justice, Peace and Accountability

    Outreach and the Role of International Courts after Conflict

    By Jessica Lincoln

    The book looks at the outreach and communication strategies employed by internationalised courts to try to understand the wider impact of international justice. This book critically examines the role of outreach within international justice focusing specifically on the role of outreach at the…

    Hardback – 2011-03-23
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  • Global Biosecurity

    Threats and Responses

    Edited by Peter Katona, John P. Sullivan, Michael D. Intriligator

    This book explores a range of biohealth and biosecurity threats, places them in context, and offers responses and solutions from global and local, networked and pyramidal, as well as specialized and interdisciplinary perspectives. Specifically covering bioterrorism, emerging infectious diseases,…

    Paperback – 2011-03-23
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  • Legitimising the Use of Force in International Politics

    Kosovo, Iraq and the Ethics of Intervention

    By Corneliu Bjola

    This book aims to examine the conditions under which the decision to use force can be reckoned as legitimate in international relations. Drawing on communicative action theory, it provides a provocative answer to the hotly contested question of how to understand the legitimacy of the use of force…

    Paperback – 2010-12-31
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  • Globalizing Justice for Mass Atrocities

    A Revolution in Accountability

    By Chandra Lekha Sriram

    This major new study examines the developing practice of universal jurisdiction, as well as the broader phenomenon of "globalizing" justice, and its ramifications. With a detailed overview of the contemporary practice of universal jurisdiction, it discerns three trends at work: pure universal…

    Paperback – 2010-11-29
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  • America and Iraq

    Policy-making, Intervention and Regional Politics

    Edited by David Ryan, Patrick Kiely

    This edited volume provides an overview on US involvement in Iraq from the 1958 Iraqi coup to the present-day, offering a deeper context to the current conflict. Using a range of innovative methods to interrogate US foreign policy, ideology and culture, the book provides a broad set of…

    Paperback – 2010-09-29
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  • US Foreign Policy and Iran

    American-Iranian Relations since the Islamic Revolution

    By Donette Murray

    US Foreign Policy and Iran is a study of US foreign policy decision-making in relation to Iran and its implications for Middle Eastern relations. It offers a new assessment of US-Iranian relations by exploring the rationale, effectiveness and consequences of American policy towards Iran from the…

    Paperback – 2010-07-18
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