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Contemporary Security Studies


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This series focuses on new research across the spectrum of international peace and security, in an era where each year throws up multiple examples of conflicts that present new security challenges in the world around them.

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Ethics, Technology and the American Way of War: Cruise Missiles and US Security Policy

Ethics, Technology and the American Way of War: Cruise Missiles and US Security Policy

1st Edition

Reuben E. Brigety II
April 16, 2019

A new investigation into how the advent of precision-guided munitions affects the likelihood of US policy makers to use force. As such, this is an inquiry into the impact of ethics, strategy and military technology on the decision calculus of national leaders. Following the first Gulf War in...

George W. Bush's Foreign Policies: Principles and Pragmatism

George W. Bush's Foreign Policies: Principles and Pragmatism

1st Edition

Donette Murray, David Brown, Martin A. Smith
February 28, 2019

This book offers a fresh assessment of George W. Bush’s foreign policies. It is not designed to offer an evaluation of the totality of George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Instead, the analysis will focus on the key aspects of his foreign and security policy record, in each case considering the...

Cultures of Counterterrorism: French and Italian Responses to Terrorism after 9/11

Cultures of Counterterrorism: French and Italian Responses to Terrorism after 9/11

1st Edition

Silvia D'Amato
February 26, 2019

This book investigates counterterrorism responses from a strategic-culturalist perspective, focusing on France and Italy in the post-9/11 era. Terrorism occupies a predominant space within contemporary political debate across all European countries. Recent attacks in Europe have raised many...

British Defence in the 21st Century

British Defence in the 21st Century

1st Edition

John Louth, Trevor Taylor
October 03, 2018

This book analyses UK defence as a complex, interdependent public-private enterprise covering politics, management, society, and technology, as well as the military. Building upon wide-ranging applied research, with extensive access to ministers, policy makers, senior military commanders, and...

Deterring Russia in Europe: Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States

Deterring Russia in Europe: Defence Strategies for Neighbouring States

1st Edition

Nora Vanaga, Toms Rostoks
October 03, 2018

This edited volume examines deterrence and the defense efforts of European states neighboring Russia, following the Crimean intervention. Deterrence, after being largely absent from debates among academics and policy-makers for almost a quarter of a century, has made a comeback in Europe. Since...

Mechanistic Realism and US Foreign Policy: A New Framework for Analysis

Mechanistic Realism and US Foreign Policy: A New Framework for Analysis

1st Edition

Johannes Gullestad Rø
August 10, 2018

This book aims to reinvigorate realist international relations theory by developing a catalogue of micro-mechanisms able to explain security policy decision-making. Typically, realism discounts the role of individuals and uses states as the unit of analysis. By examining instead the mental...

Prosecuting War Crimes: Lessons and legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Prosecuting War Crimes: Lessons and legacies of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

1st Edition

James Gow, Rachel Kerr, Zoran Pajic
December 20, 2017

This volume examines the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which was created under Chapter VII of the UN Charter as a mechanism explicitly aimed at the restoration and maintenance of international peace and security. As the ICTY has now entered...

Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević: The Unfinished Trial

Prosecuting Slobodan Milošević: The Unfinished Trial

1st Edition

Nevenka Tromp
December 13, 2017

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the trial of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). With the premature death of Milošević in March 2006 his trial was left unfinished. Although the traditional objectives of...

Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Mapping a Multipolar World?

Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Mapping a Multipolar World?

1st Edition

Donette Murray, David Brown
September 21, 2017

This volume critiques contemporary power trends by examining key bilateral dynamics between five putative ‘poles’ of the multipolar order in the twenty-first century. Written by emerging scholars and established academics, this work provides a timely and authoritative analysis of one of the most...

Transitional Justice, Peace and Accountability: Outreach and the Role of International Courts after Conflict

Transitional Justice, Peace and Accountability: Outreach and the Role of International Courts after Conflict

1st Edition

Jessica Lincoln
May 31, 2017

The book looks at the outreach and communication strategies employed by internationalised courts to try to understand the wider impact of international justice. This book critically examines the role of outreach within international justice focusing specifically on the role of outreach at the...

Quasi-state Entities and International Criminal Justice: Legitimising Narratives and Counter-Narratives

Quasi-state Entities and International Criminal Justice: Legitimising Narratives and Counter-Narratives

1st Edition

Ernst Dijxhoorn
February 09, 2017

This book explores the intended and unintended impact of international criminal justice on the legitimacy of quasi-state entities (QSEs). In order to do so, the concept of ‘quasi-state entity’ is introduced to distinguish actors in statehood conflicts that aspire to statehood, and fulfil statehood...

Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning domestic support for the Afghan War

Strategic Narratives, Public Opinion and War: Winning domestic support for the Afghan War

1st Edition

Beatrice De Graaf, George Dimitriu, Jens Ringsmose
August 24, 2016

This volume explores the way governments endeavoured to build and maintain public support for the war in Afghanistan, combining new insights on the effects of strategic narratives with an exhaustive series of case studies. In contemporary wars, with public opinion impacting heavily on outcomes,...

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