International Relations: Most read books
Between Ideals and Reality
The notion of democracy is a key principle of the United Nations and underpins much of its work. Almost a third of the UN�s members have requested its assistance in conducting elections. The UN is supporting a new wave of democracy, although not without difficulty in places su...
Perspectives on the Future Climate Regime
Looking beyond the Kyoto Protocol's first containment period, an intense and growing international debate over the future climate change regime has emerged. Countries in Asia have particularly high stakes in this regime given the region's high population, growing greenhouse ga...
A Historical Encyclopedia and Research Guide
by Bert Chapman
_Space Warfare and Defense: A Historical Encyclopedia and Research Guide_ provides comprehensive coverage of the development of space as a possible arena for warfare, exploring the military uses of space—past, present, and future—and specific details of a...
State Failure and the Crisis of Governance
In the wealth of literature on state failure, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the question of what constitutes state success and what enables a state to succeed. This book - a joint project of the International Peace Academy and the United Nations University - e...
The Kosovo conflict has the potential to redraw the landscape of international politics, with significant ramifications for the UN, major powers, regional organizations, and the way in which we understand and interpret world politics. Can the veto now effectively be circumvent...
Insights and Experiences
Parts of Africa experience persistent violence and seemingly intractable conflicts. These generally have deep historical roots dating to colonial periods and before, and many of them have become more destructive in the post-Cold war period. These violent conflicts have draw...
From Institutional Limits to Innovative Reforms
More than 500 international agreements and institutions now influence the governance of environmental problems ranging from climate change to persistent organic pollutants. The establishment of environmental institutions has been largely ad hoc, diffused, and somewhat chaotic ...
Peacemakers or Peace Wreckers?
Diasporas can have a positive and a negative impact on international politics. Groups of exiles, refugees, migrants and other forms of diaspora populations play a part in the processes and outcomes of international politics in both their native and adopted countries. Diaspo...
A New Paradigm for Development
Fragile states are a menace. Their lawless environments spread instability across borders, provide havens for terrorists, threaten access to natural resources, and consign millions of people to poverty. But Western attempts to reform these benighted places have rarel...
: Structural, Institutional and Normative Challenges
The Iraq war was a multiple assault on the foundations and rules of the existing UN-centred world order. It called into question the adequacy of the existing institutions for articulating global norms and enforcing compliance with the demands of the international community. It...
Towards a New Diplomacy?
Enhancing Global Governance analyses the means by which global governance has been promoted by innovative diplomatic practices. What makes this dynamic more compelling, and worthy of study, is that the impetus for a new diplomacy has not emerged on a top-down basis. Rather, th...
Domestic Threats and Opportunities
Water is essential for all aspects of life. Managing water is a challenging task, particularly in shared water basins that host more than half of the world's population. National sovereignty and security considerations have long constrained the reasonable, equitable and sustai...
Through a collection essays by leading scholars in international environmental law from around the world, this book explores the future of international environmental law in a world of ever worsening environmental crises. It examines the success stories and the failures of int...
International governance increasingly occurs through complex synergies between networks of actors across levels of international politics. While current governance arrangements remain a crazy quilt of overlapping activities, this volume seeks to describe and analyze the activi...
Ad Hoc Missions Permanent Engagement
This volume explores the evolution of peace-keeping, particularly since the early 1990s. This period was characterized by much initial enthusiasm and a United Nations that would find a more agreeable international environment for effective and sustained operations to secure p...
A Reference Handbook
This book explains the foreign policy decisions of Iranian leaders, as well as the foreign policy decisions of its neighbors and major world powers. Iran is not treated primarily as a problem to be dealt with by the United States and its friends. There is an effort to understa...
Regional Steps towards Global Governance
With North Korea going nuclear, tensions ever present in the Taiwan Strait, and growing posturing over territories thought to be rich in resources, the question of how lasting peace, order, stability and prosperity can be achieved in Northeast Asia has become increasingly impo...
Resisting the New International Order
Iran's Foreign Policy in the Post-Soviet Era: Resisting the New International Order provides the first truly comprehensive, in-depth survey of Iranian foreign policy, issue by issue and country by country, since the Islamic Revolution. To help readers understand both the what ...
Managing Spoilers During Conflict Resolution
Many ceasefires and peace agreements in civil conflict are initially unsuccessful. Some give way to renewed, and often escalating, violence. In other cases, peace processes have become interminably protracted: lengthy and circular negotiations in which concessions are rare. Gi...
Path to Peace or Grand Illusion?
Conflict Prevention evaluates the institutional record on conflict prevention, identifies current trends in conflict prevention practice, and makes recommendations on improving organizational capacity. This volume brings together a diverse group of individuals involved in conf...