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Domestic Politics and Norm Diffusion in International by Thomas Risse

By Thomas Risse

This publication collects Thomas Risse's most vital articles jointly in one quantity. masking a variety of concerns – the tip of the chilly conflict, transatlantic kin, the "democratic peace," human rights, governance in parts of restricted statehood, Europeanization, eu identification and public spheres, such a lot lately comparative regionalism – it's testomony to the breadth and excellence of this hugely revered diplomacy scholar's paintings. the gathering is geared up thematically – family politics and diplomacy, foreign assets of family swap, and the diffusion of rules and associations – and a new introductory essay presents extra coherence.

This textual content might be of key curiosity to students and scholars of diplomacy, ecu Politics, and Comparative Politics.

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Revolutions: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Jack A. Goldstone

By Jack A. Goldstone

From 1789 in France to 2011 in Cairo, revolutions have shaken the area. of their pursuit of social justice, revolutionaries have taken at the assembled may perhaps of monarchies, empires, and dictatorships. they've got usually, even though now not consistently, sparked cataclysmic violence, and feature every now and then gained fabulous victories, notwithstanding at different instances suffered devastating defeat.

This Very brief creation illuminates the revolutionaries, their ideas, their successes and screw ups, and the ways that revolutions proceed to dominate global occasions and the preferred mind's eye. beginning with the city-states of old Greece and Rome, Jack Goldstone strains the advance of revolutions in the course of the Renaissance and Reformation, the Enlightenment and liberal constitutional revolutions equivalent to in the USA, and their opposite--the communist revolutions of the twentieth century. He indicates how revolutions overturned dictators in Nicaragua and Iran and taken the cave in of communism within the Soviet Union and jap Europe, and examines the recent wave of non-violent "color" revolutions-the Philippines' Yellow Revolution, Ukraine's Orange Revolution--and the Arab Uprisings of 2011-12 that rocked the center East.

Goldstone additionally sheds mild at the significant theories of revolution, exploring the reasons of innovative waves, the function of progressive leaders, the ideas and approaches of progressive swap, and the intersection among revolutions and moving styles of worldwide strength. eventually, the writer examines the explanations for various progressive results, from democracy to civil struggle and authoritarian rule, and the most likely way forward for revolution in future years.

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Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America's by Scott Horton

By Scott Horton

Country secrecy is more and more used because the reason behind the shrinking of public dialogue surrounding nationwide safety concerns. The word “that's classified" is more and more used to not defend nationwide secrets and techniques from valid enemies, yet relatively to stifle public discourse concerning nationwide safety. Washington at the present time is vulnerable to work out secrecy as a handy remedy to lots of its difficulties. yet too frequently those difficulties aren't demanding situations to nationwide safeguard, they contain the embarrassment of political figures, disclosure of mismanagement, incompetence and corruption or even outright criminality.

For nationwide safety concerns to determine in democratic deliberation, the general public should have entry to uncomplicated evidence that underlie the problems. The extra these proof disappear less than a cloak of country secrecy, the fewer area continues to be for democratic procedure and the extra deliberation falls into the palms of principally unelected nationwide safeguard elites. the way in which out calls for us to imagine even more severely and systematically approximately secrecy and its position in a democratic country.

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An Insider's Guide to the UN (3rd Edition) by Linda Fasulo

By Linda Fasulo

Termed "the essential resource at the United Nations" by way of Joseph S. Nye of Harvard's Kennedy tuition of presidency, this e-book is now totally revised and up-to-date to incorporate new fabric on fragile states, R2P (responsibility to protect), fresh defense Council matters akin to the revolts in Libya and Syria, and a significantly improved part on figuring out and taking part in a version UN.

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Máximas y pensamientos by Napoleon

By Napoleon

L. a. reconocida afinidad de Balzac por el genio de Napoleón hace de él un cualificado intérprete de los abundantes escritos con los que el Emperador acompañó sus decisiones, desvelándonos su vocación de escritor al mismo tiempo que traza el testamento político de uno de los personajes más relevantes del siglo xix.

 A lo largo de las páginas de este libro, las reflexiones de Napoleón transitarán, de acuerdo con el plan trazado por Balzac, desde el enérgico desafío de quien aspira a dominar el mundo hasta el orgulloso desengaño de quien asiste desterrado a l. a. catástrofe. Surgirán así rules sobre las masas, los angeles opresión, l. a. ethical, l. a. ley e incluso el rol del azar en nuestras vidas.

 

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Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable by Robert D. Kaplan

By Robert D. Kaplan

From Robert D. Kaplan, named one of many world's most sensible a hundred worldwide Thinkers by means of Foreign Policy journal, comes a penetrating examine the unstable sector that might dominate the way forward for geopolitical conflict.

over the past decade, the guts of global strength has been quietly transferring from Europe to Asia. With oil reserves of numerous billion barrels, an predicted 9 hundred trillion cubic ft of normal fuel, and a number of other centuries' worthy of competing territorial claims, the South China Sea specifically is a simmering pot of capability clash. The underreported army buildup within the quarter the place the Western Pacific meets the Indian Ocean signifies that it will be a hinge aspect for worldwide warfare and peace for the foreseeable future.

In Asia's Cauldron, Robert D. Kaplan deals up a vibrant photograph of the international locations surrounding the South China Sea, the conflicts brewing within the zone on the sunrise of the twenty-first century, and their implications for international peace and balance. one of many world's such a lot perceptive international coverage specialists, Kaplan translates America's pursuits in Asia within the context of an more and more assertive China. He explains how the region's precise geography fosters the expansion of navies but in addition impedes aggression. And he attracts a outstanding parallel among China's quest for hegemony within the South China Sea and the United States' imperial event within the Caribbean greater than a century ago.

to appreciate the way forward for clash in East Asia, Kaplan argues, one needs to comprehend the targets and motivations of its leaders and its humans. half travelogue, half geopolitical primer, Asia's Cauldron takes us on a trip throughout the region's increase towns and ramshackle slums: from Vietnam, the place the superfueled capitalism of the erstwhile colonial capital, Saigon, evokes the geostrategic pretensions of the professional seat of presidency in Hanoi, to Malaysia, the place a special mixture of authoritarian Islam and Western-style consumerism creates rather most likely the final word postmodern society; and from Singapore, whose "benevolent autocracy" helped foster an fiscal miracle, to the Philippines, the place a distinct model of authoritarianism less than Ferdinand Marcos led to not fiscal progress yet to many years of corruption and crime.

At a time while each day's information turns out to comprise a few new story--large or small--that without delay pertains to conflicts over the South China Sea, Asia's Cauldron is an critical consultant to a nook of the globe that may have an effect on all of our lives for years to come.

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Do Not Ask What Good We Do: Inside the U.S. House of by Robert Draper

By Robert Draper

The U.S. condo of Representatives—a huge, usually unruly physique of fellows and ladies elected some other 12 months from 435 unique microcosms of America—has accomplished renown as “the people’s House,” the world’s so much democratic establishment, and an acute Rorschach of biennial public passions. within the midterm election 12 months 2010, recession-battered americans expressed their discontent with a at the same time overreaching and underperforming executive via turning the previously Democratically managed apartment over to the Republicans. one of the new GOP majority have been eighty-seven learners, lots of them political newcomers with Tea get together backing who pledged a extra open, responsive, and fiscally thrifty condominium. What the 112th Congress in its place accomplished used to be a public status so low—a ghastly nine percentage approval rating— that, as its longest-serving member, John Dingell, could dryly comment, “I imagine pedophiles could do better.” What occurred?
Robert Draper explores this question simply as he tested the Bush White condominium in his 2007 New York occasions bestselling booklet Dead convinced: The Presidency of George W. Bush—by burrowing deeply contained in the topic, gaining cooperation of the key gamers, and generating a colourful, unsparingly specific, yet evenhanded narrative of ways the home of Representatives turned a home of unwell reputation. Draper’s forged of characters spans the whole spectrum of political event and ideologies—from the Democrat Dingell, a congressman when you consider that 1955 (though elbowed out of strength via the party’s apartment chief, Nancy Pelosi), to Allen West, a black Republican Tea occasion sensation, former military lieutenant colonel, and political neophyte with a expertise for equivalent chance offending. whereas unspooling the boisterous, from time to time tragic, and eventually infuriating tale of the 112th Congress, Draper presents unforgettable graphics of Gabrielle Giffords, the earnest younger Arizona congresswoman who was once gunned down via a madman at first of the legislative consultation; Anthony Weiner, the Democrats’ clown prince and self-made media celebrity till the hot Yorker self-immolated in a intercourse scandal; the strong-willed Pelosi and her beleaguered if phlegmatic Republican counterpart, apartment Speaker John Boehner; the affable majority whip, Kevin McCarthy, tasked with instilling solidarity within the iconoclastic rookies; and such a lot of all, the formerly unknown new individuals who succeeded in shoving Boehner’s Republican convention to the some distance correct and thereby bringing the country, greater than as soon as, to the threshold of governmental shutdown or financial default.
In this energetic paintings of political narrative, Draper synthesizes essentially the most talked-about breaking information of the day with the true tale of what occurred backstage. This booklet is a well timed and masterfully advised parable of disorder which may good function convey A of the way american citizens misplaced religion of their democratic associations.
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“Congress will upward thrust June 1st, as so much folks count on. have a good time whilst that occasion is ascertained. If we should always end and depart the realm correct facet up, it is going to be chuffed. don't ask what reliable we do: that isn't a good query, today of faction.” —Congressman Fisher Ames, might 30, 1796
In Do no longer Ask What solid We Do, Robert Draper captures the prophetic sentiment uttered through Fisher Ames over centuries in the past. As he did in writing approximately President George W. Bush in Dead definite, Draper offers an insider’s e-book like nobody else can—this time, contained in the U.S. apartment of Representatives. due to the bitterly divided political surroundings we are living in, as a result of the combative nature of this Congress, this literary window at the behind the curtain machinations of the home is either desirable and timely—revealing the home in complete, from the method of ways legislation are made (and for this reason, now not made) to the main eye-popping forged of lawmakers Washington has ever obvious.

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Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is by Robert W. McChesney, John Nichols

By Robert W. McChesney, John Nichols

Clean from the 1st $10 billion election crusade, award-winning authors exhibit how unbridled crusade spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signs the tip of our democracy

Blending brilliant reporting from the 2012 crusade path and deep viewpoint from many years overlaying American and foreign media and politics, political journalist John Nichols and media critic Robert W. McChesney clarify how US elections have gotten managed, predictable businesses which are controlled by way of a brand new category of experts who wield hundreds of thousands of greenbacks and outline our politics as by no means earlier than. because the cash will get bigger—especially after the voters United ruling—and journalism, a middle cost and stability at the govt, declines, americans are at risk of turning into much less trained and extra open to manipulation. With groundbreaking behind-the-scenes reporting and fantastic new examine on “the cash power,” Dollarocracy exhibits that this new energy doesn't simply endanger electoral politics; it's a problem to the DNA of yankee democracy itself.

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The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of by Rick Perlstein

By Rick Perlstein

From the bestselling writer of Nixonland: a stunning portrait of the USA at the verge of a apprehensive breakdown within the tumultuous political and monetary occasions of the 1970s.

In January of 1973 Richard Nixon introduced the top of the Vietnam conflict and ready for a successful moment term—until televised Watergate hearings published his White residence as little higher than a mafia den. the subsequent president declared upon Nixon’s resignation “our lengthy nationwide nightmare is over”—but then congressional investigators uncovered the CIA for assassinating overseas leaders. The cave in of the South Vietnamese govt rendered moot the sacrifice of a few 58,000 American lives. The economic climate used to be in tatters. And as americans started wondering their country in a brand new way—as yet one more country between countries, not more providential than any other—the pundits declared that any more profitable politicians will be the ones who commemorated this chastened new nationwide mood.

Ronald Reagan by no means bought the message. Which used to be why, while he introduced his purpose to problem President Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination, those self same pundits disregarded him—until, amazingly, it began to seem like he simply may win. He was once inventing the recent conservative political tradition we all know now, during which a imaginative and prescient of patriotism rooted in a feeling of yank limits was once derailed in America’s Bicentennial yr through the increase of the smiling flesh presser from Hollywood. opposed to a backdrop of melodramas from the Arab oil embargo to Patty Hearst to the near-bankruptcy of America’s maximum urban, The Invisible Bridge asks the query: what does it suggest to think in the United States? To wave a flag—or to reject the glibness of the flag wavers?

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