Book reviews


Books reviewed in this issue.

International Relations theory

Realism and world politics. Edited by Ken Booth.

Worlds in transition: evolving governance across a stressed planet. By Joseph A. Camilleri and Jim Falk.

International law, human rights and ethics

The handbook of the international law of military operations. Edited by Terry D. Gill and Dieter Fleck.

International organization and foreign policy

Latin America facing China: South–South relations beyond the Washington Consensus. Edited by Alex E. Fernández Jilberto and Barbara Hogenboom.

Conflict, security and defence

Why nations fight: past and future motives for war. By Richard Ned Lebow.

On art and war and terror. By Alex Danchev.

The insurgent archipelago: from Mao to Bin Laden. By John Mackinlay.

Counterinsurgency. By David J. Kilcullen.

Morality and war: can war be just in the twenty-first century? By David Fisher.

Governance, civil society and cultural politics

Children of Abraham at war: the clash of Messianic militarisms. By Talmiz Ahmad.

Political economy, economics and development

Losing control: the emerging threats to western prosperity. By Stephen D. King.

How big banks fail and what to do about it. By Darrell Duffie.

Energy, resources and environment

Oil, dollars, debt and crises: the global curse of black gold. By Mahmoud A. El-Gamal and Amy Myers Jaffe.


The generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the struggle for modern China. By Jay Taylor.

After Hiroshima: the United States, race and nuclear weapons in Asia, 1945–1965. By Matthew Jones.

Afgantsy: the Russians in Afghanistan 1979–89. By Rodric Braithwaite.

Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the challenge of African decolonization, 1950–1980. By Jerry Dávila.

The last Ottomans: the Muslim minority of Greece, 1940–1949. By Kevin Featherstone, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Argyris Mamarelis and Georgios Niarchos.


The European Union and human security: external interventions and missions. Edited by Mary Martin and Mary Kaldor.

Russia and Eurasia

The Caucasus: an introduction. By Thomas de Waal.

Let our fame be great: journeys among the defiant people of the Caucasus. By Oliver Bullough.

Oil is not a curse: ownership structure and institutions in Soviet successor states. By Pauline Jones Luong and Erika Weinthal.

Resource curse and post-Soviet Eurasia: oil, gas, and modernization. Edited by Vladimir Gel'man and Otar Marganiya.

Middle East and North Africa

A history of the Egyptian Intelligence Service: a history of the mukhabarat, 1910–2009. By Owen L. Sirrs.

Power and policy in Syria: intelligence services, foreign relations and democracy in the modern Middle East. By Radwan Ziadeh.

The Kurdish policy imperative. Edited by Robert Lowe and Gareth Stansfield.

Sub-Saharan Africa

Sortir de la grande nuit: essai sur l'Afrique décolonisée. By Achille Mbembe.

South Asia

Deadly embrace: Pakistan, America and the future of global jihad. By Bruce Riedel.

The scorpion's tail: the relentless rise of Islamic militants in Pakistan—and how it threatens America. By Zahid Hussain.

East Asia and Pacific

East Asia before the West: five centuries of trade and tribute. By David C. Kang.

Myanmar/Burma: inside challenges, outside interests. Edited by Lex Rieffel.

Inside the red box: North Korea's post-totalitarian politics. By Patrick McEachern.

Witness to transformation: refugee insights into North Korea. By Stephan Haggard and Marcus Noland.

Chinese strategic thought toward Asia. By Gilbert Rozman.

North America

The great American mission: modernization and the construction of an American world order. By David Ekbladh.

Latin America and Caribbean

Cheddi Jagan and the politics of power: British Guiana's struggle for independence. By Colin A. Palmer.

Toledo's Peru: vision and reality. By Ronald Bruce St John.