Recent Publications

By current members of DPIR and by our alumni

Measuring Peace: Principles, Practices, and Politics, Richard Caplan (OUP)

Richard Caplan argues that efforts to build peace are hampered by the lack of effective means to assess progress towards peace. Rarely, if ever, do peacebuilding organisations and governments seek to ascertain the quality of the peace that they are helping to build and the contribution that their engagement is making (or not) to the consolidation of peace. Better assessment can inform peacebuilding actors in the reconfiguration and reprioritisation of their operations in cases where conditions on the ground have changed. To build a stable peace, Caplan argues, it is important to take the measure of peace. Use code ASFLYQ6 for 30% discount when purchasing directly from OUP.

International Relations of the Middle East, 5th edition, edited by Louise Fawcett (OUP)

By combining a history of the region with analysis of key themes, issues and actors, Louise Fawcett brings together carefully edited contributions from an international team of experts to provide the definitive guide to the international relations of the Middle East. The fifth edition provides a wide range of perspectives, more case studies, and topical insights, including coverage of the Syrian conflict and the impact of the Trump administration. All chapters have been updated to reflect the fast-paced changes in the region, and a new chapter on China and Russia examines the role of these increasingly important actors in the Middle East. Use code WEBXSTU20 for 20% discount when purchasing directly from OUP.

Can Political Violence Ever Be Justified?, Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings (Polity Press)

Violence – from state coercion to wars and revolutions – remains an enduring global reality. Although it is often believed that the point of constitutional politics is to make violence unnecessary, others argue that it is an unavoidable element of politics. Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings address these issues using vivid contemporary and historic examples. They carefully explore the strategies that have been deployed to condone violence, either as means to certain ends or as an inherent facet of politics. Examining the complex questions raised by different types of violence, they conclude that, ultimately, all attempts to justify political violence fail.

Borderland Battles: Violence, Crime, and Governance at the Edges of Colombia's War, Annette Idler (OUP)

In Borderland Battles, Annette Idler examines the micro-dynamics among violent non-state groups and finds striking patterns: borderland spaces consistently intensify the security impacts of how these groups compete for territorial control, cooperate in illicit cross-border activities, and replace the state in exerting governance functions. Drawing on extensive fieldwork with more than 600 interviews in and on the shared borderlands of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, where conflict is ripe and crime thriving, Idler reveals how dynamic interactions among violent non-state groups produce a complex security landscape with ramifications for order and governance, both locally and beyond. Use code ASFLYQ6 for 30% discount when purchasing directly from OUP.

Before Military Intervention: Upstream Stabilisation in Theory and Practice, edited by Timothy Clack and Robert Johnson (Palgrave Macmillan)

This book explores the natures of recent stabilisation efforts and global upstream threats. As prevention is always cheaper than the crisis of state collapse or civil war, the future character of conflict will increasingly involve upstream stabilisation operations. However, the unpredictability and variability of state instability requires governments and militaries to adopt a diversity of approach, conceptualisation and vocabulary. Offering perspectives from theory and practice, this collection provides crucial insight into military roles and capabilities, opportunities, risks and limitations, doctrine, strategy and tactics, and measures of effect relevant to operations in upstream environments.

Indian Muslim(s) after Liberalization, Maidul Islam (OUP)

Maidul Islam suggests three principal reasons for a neglect of the socio-economic aspects of Indian Muslims during the period of neoliberal economic reforms. First, the problems of Muslims are inadequately understood by the governmental agencies and political leadership. Secondly, the lack of a progressive leadership among Indian Muslims has traditionally confined the problems of the community to issues of identity and security instead of demands for equity. Thirdly, popular Hindi cinema has misrepresented the identity of Indian Muslims, without showing the actual problems of Muslim minorities. As a result, misconception and myths permeate while the structural problems of Indian Muslims hardly receive attention for remedy. Use code ASFLYQ6 for 30% discount when purchasing directly from OUP.

The Jesus Candidate: Political Religion in a Secular Age, James Paul Lusk (Ekklesia)

‘Every election needs a Jesus Candidate’. With these words Senator Rick Santorum sealed his anointment as the Religious Right’s challenger in the 2012 primaries – and summarised the mission of the movement that delivered the election of President Trump. Founded in a deal between Republican strategists and white southern evangelical leaders in the 1970s, it persuades Christians to favour a ‘Judeo-Christian’ state based on biblical law. Spread to the UK, this ideology uses court cases to claim that the liberal state is anti-Christian. Looking at the work of the pioneering Puritan democrat Roger Williams, James Paul Lusk calls on Christians to rediscover their roots in political liberalism. Email sales@thejcan.org quoting INSPIRES to order the book for the special price of £6.00 including UK delivery. Payment will be by bank transfer only.

Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy, Robin Markwica (OUP)

Why do states often refuse to yield to military threats from a more powerful actor, such as the US? Why do they frequently prefer war to compliance? Drawing on research in psychology and sociology, Robin Markwica develops “emotional choice theory” to explain this puzzling behaviour. The theory is applied to Soviet decision-making during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 and Iraqi behaviour in the Gulf conflict in 1990-91, offering a novel explanation for why US coercive diplomacy succeeded in one case but not in the other. Emotional Choices was awarded APSA’s 2019 International Security book award. Use code ASFLYQ6 for 30% discount when purchasing directly from OUP.

Social Closure and International Society: Status Groups from the Family of Civilised Nations to the G20, Tristen Naylor (Routledge)

In a broad historical survey from the ‘Family of Civilised Nations’, through the Great Powers’ Club, to the G7 and G20 today, Tristen Naylor investigates the politics of membership in the exclusive clubs that manage international society and ensure its survival. He provides us with a new way to think about how status competition has changed over time and explains what this means for international politics today. With its sociologically grounded theory, this book advances English School scholarship and transforms the study of contemporary summitry, providing a ground-breaking approach rooted in archival research, elite interviews, and ethnographic participant observation. Use code FLR40 for 20% discount when purchasing directly from Routledge.

The Burning Shores: Inside the Battle for the New Libya, Frederic Wehrey (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

The death of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi freed Libya from forty-two years of despotic rule, raising hopes for a new era. But in the aftermath, the country descended into bitter rivalries and civil war, paving the way for the Islamic State and a catastrophic migrant crisis. Combining frontline reporting, analysis, and history, Frederic Wehrey tells the story of what went wrong. He paints vivid portraits of lives upended by a country in turmoil and chronicles the American and international missteps after the dictator’s death that hastened the country’s unravelling.


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