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Rethinking the Economics of War: The Intersection of Need, Creed, and Greed

This book questions the adequacy of explaining today's internal armed conflicts purely in terms of economic factors and reestablishes the importance of identity and grievances in creating and sustaining such wars.

 Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964, by Balázs Szalontai

Kim Il Sung in the Khrushchev Era: Soviet-DPRK Relations and the Roots of North Korean Despotism, 1953-1964

Author(s)
Balazs Szalontai

Concentrating on the years 1953–64, this history describes how North Korea became more despotic even as other Communist countries underwent de-Stalinization.

Voting for Russia's Governors: Regional Elections and Accountability under Yeltsin and Putin

Author(s)
Andrew Konitzer

Russian regional-level voting has been a better instrument of democracy than some might think, according to this close and systematic examination. In elections for provincial governors, republican presidents, and other executives of Russia's various sub-national units, voters have pursued their economic interests with notable sophistication, overcoming not only incumbents' enormous advantage in representation in the media but also various kinds of corruption and dirty tricks. Andrew Konitzer's study tracks recent voter behavior in Russia.

Beyond Metropolis: The Planning and Governance of Asia's Mega-Urban Regions

Author(s)
Aprodicio A. Laquian

Beyond Metropolis studies planning and governance in the regions surrounding the twelve cities in Asia with populations over ten million: Tokyo, Mumbai, Kolkata, Dhaka, Delhi, Shanghai, Jakarta, Osaka, Beijing, Karachi, Metro Manila, and Seoul.

Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy, edited by Jan H. Kalicki and David L. Goldwyn

Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy

Energy and Security: Toward a New Foreign Policy Strategy, Jan H. Kalicki and David L. Goldwyn bring together the topmost foreign policy and energy experts and leaders to examine these issues, as well as how the U.S. can mitigate the risks and dangers of continued energy dependence through a new strategic approach to foreign policy that integrates both U.S. energy and national security interests.

Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions

Final Acts is a guide to questions of law, politics, physical preservation, and access regarding materials generated by truth commissions. It also describes the truth commissions that have completed their work so far and the disposition, or in some cases the loss, of their records. The full text of this book is available here in PDF.

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness

Author(s)
Kent Hughes

Collaboration between the public and private sectors helped the U.S. economy recover from its last period of economic malaise, and similar collaboration is needed today, according to a key participant in the 1980s–1990s competitiveness movement. In Building the Next American Century, Kent H. Hughes describes that movement, beginning with the conditions that stimulated it: stagflation in the early 1970s, declines in manufactured exports, and challenges from German and Japanese manufacturers.

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

Author(s)
Eric C. Bjornlund

Beyond Free and Fair Elections: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy draws on worldwide experience since the mid-1980s to evaluate international election monitoring and domestic monitoring, and their contributions to democracy promotion and democratic change. In this book, Eric Bjornlund provides an overview of what election monitoring is, where it comes from, and how it is currently conducted, and he educes general lessons for democracy promotion.Access the live webcast of the book launch held with the author on December 9, 2004.

Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals 1940–1970

Author(s)
Richard King

Toward the end of World War II, scholars and writers reeling from the politics of racism stressed the unity of humankind, but by the early 1970s, dominant voices proclaimed ongoing diversity—sometimes irreconcilable antagonism—among human cultures. To study this transition from universalism to cultural particularism, Richard King focuses on the arguments of major thinkers, movements, and traditions of thought, attempting to construct a map of the ideological positions that were staked out and an intellectual history of this transition.

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Secor Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives studies the politics of efforts to reform education and health services in Latin America in the 1990s. Both sectors were common targets of reform—education because of its economic importance, health care because of needs to reduce great inequities of access and opportunities to increase domestic savings presented by reforms. Both sectors also have large numbers of unionized public employees, whose presence affects patronage as well as political power.

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