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Staff Publications: older books

Below are some books published from members of the Department.
There is also a page of new books and a list of recent articles and chapters.

Orientalism and War
Edited by Tarak Barkawi and Keith Stanski
 (London: Hurst and New York: Columbia University Press, 2012)

The papers in this volume, which include chapters by Bruce Cumings, Susan Jeffords, and John Mowitt among others, explore three dimensions of the relations between Orientalism and war. The first concerns the representations of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’ that mark the participation of Orientalism in war and which, for example, suffuse media coverage of the War on Terror. Second are the ways in which war is productive of Orientalisms. It is in and through violent conflict that various Western and Eastern identities are defined and come to be taken for granted. The third is about the inverse relation: how Orientalisms amount to acts of war. By redefining politics and identities in such a way as to require a West that brings order to an unstable, violent East, Orientalism is productive of war. Patrick Porter closes the volume in an afterword about the themes explored in these papers and questions for further reflection.



IRAQ - From War to a New Authoritarianism
(IISS Adelphi Paper 2012)
Toby Dodge

The 2003 invasion of Iraq was undertaken to dismantle a regime that had long threatened its own population and regional peace, as well as to establish a stable, democratic state in the heart of the Middle East. In his latest book, Toby Dodge looks at the legacy of that intervention. He analyses the evolution of the insurgency, the descent into civil war and the ‘surge’ as a counter-insurgency strategy and examines US and Iraqi efforts to reconstruct the state’s military and civilian capacity. He concludes by arguing that Iraq is heading back into authoritarianism under Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Review in The Economist 16 March 2013.


The Diffusion of Power in Global Governance
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Edited by Stefano Guzzini and Iver B Neumann

The study of global governance has often led separate lives within the respective camps of International Political Economy and Foucauldian Studies. Despite vast differences in these approaches, Guzzini and Neumann's study recognises that ongoing changes in global governance go far beyond a proliferation of steering techniques and has a systems-changing potential. As politics becomes increasingly global in character and the number of agents attempting to govern grows, this in-depth range of case studies suggests the emergence of a global polity.


At Home with the Diplomats. Inside A European Foreign Ministry
(Cornell University Press, 2012)
Iver B Neumann

The 2010 WikiLeaks release of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables has made it eminently clear that there is a vast gulf between the public face of diplomacy and the opinions and actions that take place behind embassy doors. In At Home with the Diplomats, Iver B. Neumann offers unprecedented access to the inner workings of a foreign ministry. Neumann worked for several years at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he had an up-close view of how diplomats conduct their business and how they perceive their own practices. In this book he shows us how diplomacy is conducted on a day-to-day basis.


US Foreign Policy
(second edition, OUP, 2012)
Edited by Michael Cox and Doug Stokes 

This book provides the most comprehensive overview of America's role in international politics. Expert contributors focus in turn on the historical background, institutions, regional relations, and contemporary issues that are key to its foreign policy-making.

The second edition includes two new chapters on Obama's use of smart power and a debate on the nature of U.S. hegemony. All chapters have been updated with important developments including the effects of the global financial crisis, the on-going conflict in Afghanistan, and political uprisings in the Middle East.

Incorporating helpful learning features and an extensive accompanying website, this is the ideal textbook for students of U.S. foreign policy.


The Ashgate Research Companion to International Trade Policy
(Ashgate, 2012)
Edited by Kenneth Heydon and Stephen Woolcock

This volume provides a state of the art review of current thinking on the full range of trade policy issues, addressing the economic and political dimensions of international trade policy.  It includes a systematic examination of specific trade policy instruments, sectoral concerns, trade linkages and systemic considerations.

The organising theme of the volume is that open markets for trade and investment yield large potential gains in human welfare as long as trade policy is conducted as an integral part of broader domestic economic management and regulatory reform, and as long as the particular challenges facing developing countries are effectively addressed. This 'case' is presented on the basis of rigorous analysis of first principles and of empirical experience among key trading nations.


Obama and the Middle East: The End of America's Moment?
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
Fawaz A Gerges

During his presidential campaign, Obama promised to distance the United States from the neoconservative foreign policy legacy of his predecessor, George W. Bush, and usher in a new era of a global, interconnected world. Taking stock of Obama's first two and a half years in the White House, this book places his engagement in the Middle East within the broader context of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 and examines key areas that have posed a challenge to his administration: negotiation with Israel and Palestine, troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, engagement with the Arab Spring, intervention in Libya, and the death of Osama bin Laden.

Read a review in The Economist.
Read a review in the Times Higher Education.


European Union Economic Diplomacy
(Ashgate, 2012)
Stephen Woolcock

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the factors that determine the role of the EU in economic diplomacy. In an up-to-date treatment that includes consideration of the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon, it contains a comprehensive explanation of decision making and negotiating processes in the core areas of trade, financial market regulation, environmental diplomacy and development co-operation. The book is intended for those interested in EU policy making, but also those who simply need to understand how the EU functions in the field of economic diplomacy. 

2014: Now also available in a Chinese edition from Shanghai People's Publishing House, 193 Fujian Zhong Rd, 200001, Shanghai, P.R. of China,

EU Economic Diplomacy

The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda
(Oxford University Press, 2011)
Fawaz A Gerges

In this concise and fascinating book, Fawaz A. Gerges argues that Al-Qaeda has degenerated into a fractured, marginal body kept alive largely by the self-serving anti-terrorist bureaucracy it helped to spawn. Forceful, incisive, and written with extensive inside knowledge, this book will alter the debate on global terrorism.


The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda

Foreign Policy Analysis: New Approaches
(Routledge, Oct 2011)
Chris Alden and Amnon Aran

This exciting new book aims to re-invigorate the conversation between foreign policy analysis and international relations. It opens up the discussion, situating existing debates in foreign policy in relation to contemporary concerns in international relations, and provide a concise and accessible account of key areas in foreign policy analysis that are often ignored. The work examines: foreign policy and bureaucracies, domestic sources of foreign policy, foreign policy and the state, foreign policy and globalization, and, foreign policy and change. This work builds on and expands the theoretical canvas of foreign policy analysis, shaping its ongoing dialogue with international relations and offering an important introduction to the field. It is essential reading for all students of foreign policy and international relations.


The New Economic Diplomacy: decision-making and negotiation in international economic relations
(3rd edition 2011, Ashgate)
Bayne, N. and Woolcock, S. (eds)

This book explains how states conduct their external economic relations in the 21st century: how they make decisions domestically; how they negotiate internationally; and how these processes interact. It documents the transformation of economic diplomacy in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to the end of the Cold War, the advance of globalisation and the growing influence of non-state actors like private business and civil society.


Militias and the Challenges of Post-Conflict Peace: Silencing the Guns
(Zed Books, London 2011)
Chris Alden, Monika Thakur and Matthew Arnold

Bringing together the lessons learned from four intensively-researched case studies - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor-Leste, Afghanistan and Sudan - the book argues that the overly rigid 'cookie-cutter' approach to demilitarisation, developed and commonly implemented presently by the international community, is ineffective at meeting the myriad of challenges involving militias. In doing so, the authors propose a radical new framework for demilitarization that questions conventional models and takes into account on-the-ground realities.


Developments in European Politics, 2nd edition
(Palgrave Macmillan, May 2011)
Edited by Erik Jones, Paul Heywood, Martin Rhodes and Ulrich Sedelmeier

Developments in European Politics brings together specially commissioned chapters by leading authorities to give an up-to-date and systematic analysis of European political developments – in institutions, processes and policy – at both national and regional levels. It provides wide-ranging and clear analysis of the factors influencing European politics, from the Europeanization of national politics to the broader forces of globalization, immigration, climate change and international terrorism.

Developments in European Politics

Economic Diplomat
(The Memoir Club, 2011)
Sir Nicholas Bayne KCMG

From the confrontational atmosphere of the Cold War to the era of globalisation, international economic relations have changed dramatically over the last 50 years. In this book Nicholas Bayne gives an insider's account of it all. As a former British Foreign Service officer and seasoned academic, he offers a rare unbroken perspective on the political forces shaping the world economic system.


Bayne memoirs

Islamist Terror and Democracy in the Middle East
(Cambridge University Press, May 2011)
Katerina Dalacoura

An investigation of the connections between the lack of democracy in the Middle East and Islamist terrorism. The author argues that there is no consistent causal link between repression and political exclusion and Islamist terrorism and highlights alternative explanations.



KD Islamist Terror

The Global 1989: continuity and change in world politics
(Cambridge University Press, 2010)
George Lawson, Chris Armbruster and Michael Cox (eds)

This volume leads the way in defining how 1989 can be assessed both in terms of its world historical impact and in terms of its contribution to the shape of contemporary world politics.

The Global 1989

Genocide and the Europeans
(Cambridge University Press, Oct 2010)
Karen E Smith

The first book to consider the attitudes of European governments towards genocide and the 1948 Genocide Convention. Describes European confusion surrounding the definition of genocide, and differing European views on what action is required of states in the event of genocide.

KES Genocide and the Europeans

The South in World Politics
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
Chris Alden, Sally Morphet and Marco Antonio

This book is a timely analysis of the influence and effectiveness of developing states in shaping the international order from the politics of the Cold War to the challenges of globalization and the rising power of emerging economies. Serving as a mobilizing symbol for a diverse set of developing countries, the idea of the South is part of a strategy for managing relations with the more powerful industrialized North through collective activism in multilateral and regional organizations. Key themes addressed by the book include the dynamic role of leading states like India, Brazil and China, the growing importance of regional organizations and the rise of Southern civil society in shaping the political agenda and the ideological outlook of the global South. Finally, the book focuses on the implications of a raft of new challenges for the security and economic aspirations of developing states.

CA South in World Politics

Hegel's Philosophy and Feminist Thought: Beyond Antigone?
(Palgrave Macmillan, New York, 2010)
Kimberly Hutchings and Juija Pulkkinen (eds)

This book offers a new generation of feminist readings of Hegel from leading scholars in the field.


Global Ethics: an introduction
(Polity Press, Cambridge, 2010)
Kimberly Hutchings

An accessible introduction to the field of global ethics for students of politics, international relations and globalisation. It offers an overview and assessment of key perspectives in global ethics and their implications for substantive moral issues in global politics.

Global Ethics

Capital Ideas: The IMF and the Rise of Financial Liberalization
(Princeton University Press, 2010)
Jeffrey M Chwieroth

This book provides an important case study of how international organizations work and evolve.

JC Capital Ideas

Practical Judgement in International Political Theory
(Routledge, 2010)
Chris Brown

These essays include influential statements on the role of normative theory and international ethics, the so-called 'cosmopolitan-communitarian debate' and anti-foundationalist thought in international relations. 

CJB Practical Judgement

Barbarous Philosophers: Reflections on the Nature of War from Heraclitus to Heisenberg 
(Hurst & Co, 2010)
Christopher Coker

This is a book on contemporary conflict in which the author invokes philosophy to help understand the problems that we face in fighting war today.

Christopher Coker book

America, the UN and Decolonisation
(Routledge, 2010)
John Kent

This book examines the role of the UN in conflict resolution in Africa in the 1960s and its relation to the Cold War.