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 For Democracy's Sake: Foundations and Democracy Assistance in Central Europe by Kevin F. F. Quigley

For Democracy's Sake: Foundations and Democracy Assistance in Central Europe

Author(s)
Kevin F. F. Quigley

 This pathbreaking study examines foundations' democracy assistance programs in Central Europe in the years immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, both measuring their size and evaluating their strategies.

 Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution by Haleh Esfandiari

Reconstructed Lives: Women and Iran's Islamic Revolution

Author(s)
Haleh Esfandiari

The Islamic revolution of 1979 transformed all areas of Iranian life. For women, the consequences were extensive and profound, as the state set out to reverse legal and social rights women had won and to dictate many aspects of women's lives, including what they could study and how they must dress and relate to men. Reconstructed Lives presents Iranian women telling in their own words what the revolution attempted and how they responded. Through a series of interviews with professional and working women in Iran, Haleh Esfandiari gathers dramatic accounts of what has happened to their lives as women in an Islamic society. 

 American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account of U.S. Policy in Europe, 1989-1992 by Robert L. Hutchings

American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War: An Insider's Account of U.S. Policy in Europe, 1989-1992

Author(s)
Robert L. Hutchings

As director for European affairs at the National Security Council from 1989 to 1992, Robert Hutchings was at the heart of U.S. policymaking toward Europe and the Soviet Union during the dizzyingly fast dissolution of the Soviet bloc. American Diplomacy and the End of the Cold War presents an insider's report on and analysis of U.S. performance during a crucial turn of world history.

Race: The History of an Idea in the West by Ivan Hannaford

Race: The History of an Idea in the West

Author(s)
Ivan Hannaford

In Race: The History of an Idea in the West Ivan Hannaford guides readers through a dangerous engagement with an idea that so permeates Western thinking that we expect to find it, active or dormant, as an organizing principle in all societies. But as Hannaford shows, race is not a universal idea--not ever in the West.

 Funding the Modern American State, 1941-1995: The Rise and Fall of the Era of Easy Finance, edited by W. Elliot Brownlee

Funding the Modern American State, 1941-1995: The Rise and Fall of the Era of Easy Finance

The current fiscal crisis faced by the American federal government represents the end of a fiscal regime that began with the financing of World War II. In this volume, an interdisciplinary group of scholars explores the history of American taxation and public finance since 1941 in an attempt to understand the political, social and economic forces that have shaped the current regime. 

The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia, edited by R. H. Taylor

The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia

Though most governments in Southeast Asia are widely described as authoritarian, elections have been a feature of politics in the region for many decades. The Politics of Elections in Southeast Asia identifies the common and distinguishing features of electoral politics in the region.

Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces

Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces

More and more of the world's people live in urban areas, which share the same problems: unemployment, corroding infrastructure, deteriorating environment, a collapsing social compact, and weakening institutions. Twenty-two leading social scientists and experienced public officials pooled their experience at the June 1996 United Nations conference on human settlement in Istanbul. Their collaborative effort is published in Preparing for the Urban Future: Global Pressures and Local Forces.

 Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities by Mitchell Reiss

Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Capabilities

Author(s)
Mitchell Reiss

Relying on personal interviews with senior officials in a dozen countries and on never-before-released classified information, Bridled Ambition explains how and why eight countries—South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, and Pakistan—have capped, curtailed, or rolled back their nuclear weapons programs during the past few years. It also analyses a ninth country: North Korea.

Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind by Walter Reich

Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind

This book examines and explains the nature and sources of terrorists' beliefs, actions, goals, worldviews, and states of mind. Origins of Terrorism addresses, with scholarly responsibility as well as necessary urgency, one of the most vexing intellectual and political challenges of our time.

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