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LSE International Studies Series


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The International Studies series is based on the LSE’s oldest research centre and like the LSE itself was established to promote inter-disciplinary studies. The CIS facilitates research into many different aspects of the international community and produces interdisciplinary research into the international system as it experiences the forces of globalisation. As the capacity of domestic change to produce global consequences increases, so does the need to explore areas which cannot be confined within a single discipline or area of study. The series hopes to focus on the impact of cultural changes on foreign relations, the role of strategy and foreign policy and the impact of international law and human rights on global politics. It is intended to cover all aspects of foreign policy including, the historical and contemporary forces of empire and imperialism, the importance of domestic links to the international roles of states and non-state actors, particularly in Europe, and the relationship between development studies, international political economy and regional actors on a comparative basis, but is happy to include any aspect of the international with an inter-disciplinary aspect.

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Mercenaries, Hybrid Armies and National Security: Private Soldiers and the State in the 21st Century

Mercenaries, Hybrid Armies and National Security: Private Soldiers and the State in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Caroline Varin
September 10, 2014

This book assesses the use of ‘mercenaries’ by states, and their integration into the national armed forces as part of a new hybridisation trend of contemporary armies. Governments, especially in the West, are undertaking an unprecedented wave of demilitarisation and military budget cuts....

The New American Way of War: Military Culture and the Political Utility of Force

The New American Way of War: Military Culture and the Political Utility of Force

1st Edition

Ben Buley
May 19, 2014

This book explores the cultural history and future prospects of the so-called ‘new American way of war’. In recent decades, American military culture has become increasingly dominated by a vision of ‘immaculate destruction’, which reached its apogee with the fall of Baghdad in 2003. Operation...

Hamas and Suicide Terrorism: Multi-causal and Multi-level Approaches

Hamas and Suicide Terrorism: Multi-causal and Multi-level Approaches

1st Edition

Rashmi Singh
December 07, 2012

This book analyses the root causes of suicide terrorism at both the elite and rank-and- file levels of the Hamas and also explains why this tactic has disappeared in the post-2006 period. This volume adopts a multi-causal, multi-level approach to analyse the use of suicide bombings by Hamas and...

America, the UN and Decolonisation: Cold War Conflict in the Congo

America, the UN and Decolonisation: Cold War Conflict in the Congo

1st Edition

John Kent
November 28, 2011

This book examines the role of the UN in conflict resolution in Africa in the 1960s and its relation to the Cold War. Focussing on the Congo, this book shows how the preservation of the existing economic and social order in the Congo was a key element in the decolonisation process and the fighting...

The Character of War in the 21st Century

The Character of War in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Caroline Holmqvist-Jonsäter, Christopher Coker
July 26, 2011

This edited volume addresses the relationship between the essential nature of war and its character at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The focus is on the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, situations that occupy a central role in international affairs and that have become highly...

Armed Groups and the Balance of Power: The International Relations of Terrorists, Warlords and Insurgents

Armed Groups and the Balance of Power: The International Relations of Terrorists, Warlords and Insurgents

1st Edition

Anthony Vinci
May 27, 2010

This new book provides a framework for understanding the international relations of armed groups, including terrorist organizations, insurgencies and warlords, which play an increasingly important role in the international system. Specifically, the book argues that such groups can be...

American Policy Toward Israel: The Power and Limits of Beliefs

American Policy Toward Israel: The Power and Limits of Beliefs

1st Edition

Michael Thomas
June 26, 2009

This book explains the institutionalization of nearly unconditional American support of Israel during the Reagan administration, and its persistence in the first Bush administration in terms of the competition of belief systems in American society and politics. Michael Thomas explains policy...

The Future of Biological Disarmament: Strengthening the Treaty Ban on Weapons

The Future of Biological Disarmament: Strengthening the Treaty Ban on Weapons

1st Edition

Nicholas A. Sims
February 27, 2009

This book examines the politics of biological disarmament, focusing on the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) as a treaty regime and the cornerstone of biological disarmament efforts. Biological weapons have long been banned, but the ban needs strengthening. The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention...

Ethics and War in the 21st Century

Ethics and War in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Christopher Coker
January 31, 2008

This book explores the ethical implications of war in the contemporary world. The author, a leading theorist of warfare, explains why it is of crucial importance that Western countries should continue to apply traditional ethical rules and practices in war, even when engaging with international...

The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror

The Warrior Ethos: Military Culture and the War on Terror

1st Edition

Christopher Coker
April 19, 2007

This is the first scholarly book to look at the role of the 'warrior' in modern war, arguing that warriors' actions, and indeed thoughts, are increasingly patrolled and that the modern battlefield is an unforgiving environment in which to discharge their vocation. As war becomes ever more...

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