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U.S. Security and
Foreign Policy............................ 2-3
Middle East.................................. 3-5
Studies in Asian Security...........6
Studies of the Walter H.
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific
Research Center............................7
Emerging Frontiers in
the Global Economy....................8
Stanford Briefs...............................9
Human Rights...............................10
Politics and Society...............10-11
Now in Paperback........................ 11
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2 U.S. Security and Foreign Policy
The Politics of Weapons Trust, but Verify Hamas Contained
Inspections The Politics of Uncertainty and the The Rise and Pacification of
Assessing WMD Monitoring Transformation of the Cold War Palestinian Resistance
and Verification Regimes Order, 1969–1991 Tareq Baconi
Nathan E. Busch and Edited by Martin Klimke, Demonized in media and policy debates,
Joseph F. Pilat Reinhild Kries, and various accusations and critical assump-
Given recent controversies over
Christian F. Ostermann tions have been used to justify extreme
suspected WMD programs in Trust, but Verify uses trust—with its military action against Hamas. The
proliferating countries, there is an emotional and predictive aspects—to reality of Hamas is, of course, far more
increasingly urgent need for effec- explore international relations in the complex. Neither a terrorist group nor
tive monitoring and verifications second half of the Cold War, begin- a democratic political party, Hamas is
regimes—the mechanisms intended ning with the late 1960s. The détente a multifaceted liberation organization,
to clarify the status of WMD pro- of the 1970s led to the development of one rooted in the nationalist claims
grams in suspected proliferators. some limited trust between the United of the Palestinian people. Hamas
The Politics of Weapons Inspections States and the Soviet Union, but it also Contained offers the first history of the
examines the successes, failures, created uncertainty in other areas, group on its own terms. Drawing on
and lessons that can be learned especially on the part of smaller states interviews with organization leaders,
from past WMD monitoring and that depended on their alliance leaders as well as publications from the group,
verification regimes in order to help for protection. The contributors to this Tareq Baconi maps Hamas’s thirty-year
determine how best to establish volume look at how the “emotional” transition from fringe military resistance
and maintain such regimes in the side of the conflict affected the dynam- towards governance. He breaks new
future. In addition to examining ics of various Cold War relations. ground in questioning the conventional
these regimes’ technological, politi- understanding of Hamas and shows
“An insightful explanation for one of how the movement’s ideology ultimately
cal, and legal contexts, Nathan E. the great puzzles of recent history:
Busch and Joseph F. Pilat reevaluate how the Cold War, a seemingly inde- threatens the Palestinian struggle and,
the track record of monitoring and structible international regime, came inadvertently, its own legitimacy.
verification in the historical cases of to an end. The essays take seriously “Ground-breaking, rigorously researched,
South Africa, Libya, and Iraq. They the mission of relating the political, and strikingly fairminded, Hamas
further apply the lessons learned economic, and cultural factors to Contained is essential reading.”
emotions history.”
from these cases to contemporary —Avi Shlaim,
—Frank Costigliola, University of Oxford
controversies over suspected or University of Connecticut
confirmed programs in North Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern
Korea, Iran, and Syria. Cold War International and Islamic Societies and Cultures
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Middle East 3
Challenged Hegemony No Miracles Revolution without
The United States, China, and The Failure of Soviet Decision- Revolutionaries
Russia in the Persian Gulf Making in the Afghan War Making Sense of the Arab Spring
Steve A. Yetiv and Michael R. Fenzel Asef Bayat
Katerina Oskarsson The Soviet experience in Afghanistan The revolutionary wave that swept
Few issues in international affairs provides a useful perspective the Middle East in 2011 was marked
and energy security animate on today’s events in the region. by spectacular mobilization. Several
thinkers more than the classic topic Gorbachev decided in 1985 that a years on, however, it has caused
of hegemony, and the case of the withdrawal should happen as soon limited shifts in structures of
Persian Gulf presents particularly as possible. The senior leadership power. This book is both a history
fertile ground for considering this of the Soviet Union became aware of the Arab Spring and a history of
concept. Since the 1970s, the region that their strategy was unraveling revolution writ broadly. Setting the
has undergone tumultuous changes, and their operational and tactical 2011 uprisings side by side with the
with dramatic shifts in the diplo- methods were not working. Yet they revolutions of the 1970s, Asef Bayat
matic, military, and economic roles persisted, and it took the Soviets reveals a profound global shift in
of the United States, China, and another four years to get out. In No the nature of protest: as acceptance
Russia. In this book, Steve A. Yetiv Miracles, Michael Fenzel explains of neoliberal policy has spread,
and Katerina Oskarsson offer the why and how that happened, as radical revolutionary impulses have
most comprehensive, data-driven viewed from the center of the Soviet diminished, leading protestors to call
portrait to date of hegemony and state. From that perspective, three for reform rather than fundamental
foreign powers in the Persian Gulf. sources of failure stand out: poor transformation. He gives us the book
They provide a detailed account civil-military relations; repeated needed to explain and understand
of how U.S. hegemony and oil and rapid turnover of Soviet leader- our post–Arab Spring world.
security have grown in tandem, as, ship; and the perception that Soviet
“Asef Bayat is in the vanguard of a
simultaneously, China and Russia global prestige and influence were subtle and original theorization of social
have increased their political and inexorably tied to the success of the movements and social change in the
economic presence. The book sheds Afghan mission. The cost of delay Middle East. His ability to see over the
light on hegemony’s complexities was high for Moscow and, now, horizon of current paradigms makes his
and challenges and reveals how the cost of delaying withdrawal is work essential reading.”
local variations in power will similarly high for the United States. —Juan Cole,
continue to shape the Persian Gulf University of Michigan
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4 Middle East
For the War Yet to Come Ungovernable Life Hotels and Highways
Planning Beirut’s Frontiers Mandatory Medicine and The Construction of Modernization
Hiba Bou Akar Statecraft in Iraq Theory in Cold War Turkey
Beirut is a city divided. Following the Omar Dewachi Begüm Adalet
Green Line of the civil war, dividing Since the British Mandate, Iraqi The early decades of the Cold War
the Christian east and the Muslim governments had invested in presented seemingly boundless
west, today hundreds of such lines cultivating Iraq’s medical doctors opportunity for the construction of
dissect the city. For the residents of as agents of statecraft. But in recent “laboratories” of American society
Beirut, urban planning could bring years, this has been reversed as abroad. With this book, Begüm Adalet
a peaceful future. But with unclear thousands of Iraqi doctors have left reveals how Turkey became both the
state structures and outsourced the country in search of security archetypal model of modernization
public processes, urban planning has and careers abroad. Ungovernable and an active partner for its enactment.
instead become a contest between Life presents the untold story of the In tracking the growth and transmis-
religious-political organizations and rise and fall of Iraqi “mandatory sion of modernization as a theory
profit-seeking developers. For the medicine”—and of the destruction and in practice in Turkey, Hotels and
War Yet to Come examines urban of Iraq itself. It illustrates how Highways offers not only a specific
planning in three neighborhoods of imperial modes of governance, history of a postwar development
Beirut’s southeastern peripheries, from the British Mandate to the model that continues to influence
revealing how these areas have been U.S. interventions, have been our world, but a widely relevant
developed to reproduce poverty, contested, maintained, and unraveled consideration of how theoretical
displacement, and urban violence. through medicine and healthcare. debates ultimately take shape in
Hiba Bou Akar argues these neigh- Omar Dewachi challenges common concrete situations.
borhoods are arranged according to accounts of Iraq’s alleged political
unruliness and ungovernability, “Hotels and Highways gives a clear
the logic of “the war yet to come,” understanding how U.S. hegemony
playing on fears and differences, bringing forth a deeper under- was conceived and implemented in the
rumors of war, and paramilitary standing of how medicine and aftermath of World War II and how
strategies to organize everyday life. power shape life. thorough and decisive was its domina-
“A remarkable and original analysis tion. Anybody interested in twentieth-
“Fascinating, theoretically astute, century experiences of modernity and
and empirically rich, For the War of the modern history of Iraq through
its medical institutions and practices, U.S. power in the Middle East will
Yet to Come enriches our under- need to read this book.”
standing of fragile cities in the from their close involvement in state
Middle East and beyond.” formation and function to the unraveling —Reşat Kasaba, 
of governance under wars, sanctions, University of Washington
—Asef Bayat, and invasions.”
University of Illinois, Stanford Studies in Middle
Urbana-Champaign —Sami Zubaida, Eastern and Islamic Societies
Birkbeck, University of London and Cultures
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Middle East 5
The Indonesian Way The Reputational Imperative Hard Target
ASEAN, Europeanization, Nehru’s India in Territorial Conflict Sanctions, Inducements, and
and Foreign Policy Debates in Mahesh Shankar the Case of North Korea
a New Democracy Stephan Haggard and
India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal
Jürgen Rüland Nehru, left behind a legacy of great Marcus Noland
On December 31, 2015, the ten- achievements and surprising This book captures the effects of
member Association of Southeast defeats. Most notably, he failed to sanctions and inducements on
Asian Nations ushered in a new era resolve the Kashmir dispute with North Korea and provides a detailed
with the founding of the ASEAN Pakistan and the territorial conflict reconstruction of the role of eco-
Community (AC). The AC was with China. Mahesh Shankar an- nomic incentives in the bargaining
both a historic initiative and an swers longstanding questions about around the country’s nuclear pro-
unprecedented step toward the these puzzling missteps by turning gram. Stephan Haggard and Marcus
area’s regional integration. Political to the concept of reputation. India’s Noland draw on an array of evidence
commentators and media outlets, investment in its international to show the reluctance of the North
however, suggested that Southeast image powerfully shaped the state’s Korean leadership to weaken its grip
Asia was taking its first steps on a negotiation and bargaining tactics on foreign economic activity. They
linear process of unification that during this period. The Reputational argue that inducements have limited
would converge on the model of Imperative highlights the pivotal— effect on the regime, and instead
the European Union. Jürgen Rüland yet often overlooked—role reputa- urge policymakers to think in terms
challenges this previously unques- tion can play in a broad global of gradual strategies. Hard Target
tioned diffusion of European norms. security context. connects economic statecraft to the
Focusing on the reception of ASEAN “A must-read for anyone interested marketization process to understand
in Indonesia, he traces how foreign in understanding the past, present, North Korea and addresses a larger
policy stakeholders have responded and future of the Kashmir and Sino- debate over the merits and demerits
to calls for ASEAN’s Europeanization, Indian disputes.” of “engagement” with adversaries.
ultimately fusing them with their — T. V. Paul,
McGill University “Following the money, Stephan
own distinctly Indonesian form Haggard and Marcus Noland have
of regionalism. “The Reputational Imperative makes carefully crafted an innovative study of
a significant contribution to our the evolving political economy of North
“With intelligence and nuance, understanding of both reputation in
[Rüland] offers an essential study Korea. Amid an increasing  application
international politics and India’s ter- of sanctions, Hard Target contributes
of comparative regionalism and ritorial disputes. An enlightening and
Indonesia’s role in the ASEAN Charter.” much needed sophistication and nuance
unbiased read.” to over-simplified debates about dealing
—Randall Schweller, —Alex Weisiger, with North Korea.”
Ohio State University University of Pennsylvania —John S. Park,
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6 Studies in asian security
A series edited by Amitav Acharya and David Leheny
Dynasties and Democracy Manipulating Globalization Uneasy Partnerships
The Inherited Incumbency The Influence of Bureaucrats on China’s Engagement with Japan,
Advantage in Japan Business in China the Koreas, and Russia in the Era
Daniel M. Smith Ling Chen of Reform
Although democracy is, in Beginning in the 2000s, the Chinese Edited by Thomas Fingar
principle, the antithesis of dynastic state shifted from attracting foreign Uneasy Partnerships presents
rule, families with multiple investment to promoting techno- the analysis and insights of
members in elective office con- logical competitiveness of domestic practitioners and scholars who
tinue to be common around the firms. This shift caused tensions have shaped and examined
world. In most democracies, the between winners and losers, leading China’s interactions with key
proportion of such “democratic local bureaucrats to compete for Northeast Asian partners—Japan,
dynasties” declines over time, resources. While bureaucrats suc- the Koreas, and Russia. This
and rarely exceeds ten percent of cessfully built coalitions to motivate text analyzes the perceptions,
all legislators. Japan is a startling businesses to upgrade in some cities, priorities, and policies of China
exception, with over a quarter of in others, vested interests within the and its partners to explain why
all legislators in recent years being government deprived businesses of dyadic relationships evolved
dynastic. In Dynasties and Democ- developmental resources. Ling Chen as they have during China’s
racy, Daniel M. Smith sets out to argues that the roots of coalitional “rise.” These findings are used to
explain when and why dynasties variation lie in the type of foreign identify patterns and trends and
persist in democracies, and why firms with which local governments to develop a framework that can
their numbers are only now begin- forged alliances. Chen advances a be used to illuminate and explain
ning to wane in Japan—questions new theory of economic policies in Beijing’s engagement with the rest
that have long perplexed regional authoritarian regimes and informs of the world.
experts. His findings extend far debates about the nature of Chinese
“A masterful examination of China’s
beyond Japan, shedding light on capitalism. Her findings shed light complex interactions with its im-
the causes and consequences of on state-led development and coali- mediate neighbors. The fine-grained
dynastic politics for democracies tion formation in other emerging strands of this complex story are
around the world. economies that comprise the new woven into a compelling macro-level
“globalized” generation. analysis of Northeast Asia that will
“It is hard to think of a sharper be applauded by experts and gener-
evaluation of the effects of political “This is a must-read for anyone alists alike.”
institutions on the quality and interested in China’s political economy
nature of democratic competition.” —T. J. Pempel,
and its global implications.” University of California, Berkeley
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Studies of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center 7
A series edited by Andrew G. Walder
Making Money Globalization Under and Discreet Power
How Taiwanese Industrialists After Socialism How the World Economic Forum
Embraced the Global Economy The Evolution of Transnational Shapes Market Agendas
Gary G. Hamilton and Capital in Central and Christina Garsten and
Cheng-shu Kao Eastern Europe Adrienne Sörbom
Beginning in the 1950s, Tawian Besnik Pula In Discreet Power, Christina
rapidly industrialized, becoming The post-communist states of Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom
a tributary to an increasingly Central and Eastern Europe have undertake an ethnographic study
“borderless” East Asian economy. gone from being among the world’s of the World Economic Forum
In this book, Gary G. Hamilton and most closed, autarkic economies to (WEF). They situate the WEF
Cheng-shu Kao show how Taiwan- some of the most export-oriented within an emerging system of
ese businesspeople have played a and globally integrated. Besnik Pula “discretionary governance,” in
tremendous, unsung role in their reaches deep into the region’s history which organizations craft ideas
nation’s continuing ascent. Drawing and comparatively examines its and whisper them into the ears
on over 30 years of research and long-run industrial development of formal authorities in order to
more than 800 interviews, they tell to explain this shift. In the 1970s, garner significant sway. Yet, the
these industrialists’ stories. The Central and Eastern European WEF has no formal mandate
picture that emerges is one of agile socialist leaders intensified engage- to implement its positions. It
neo-capitalists, caught in the flux of ments with the capitalist West, must convince others to advance
a rapidly changing landscape, who which challenged the Stalinist chosen causes and implement
tirelessly endeavor to profit on it. developmental model in favor of suggestions, rendering its position
Making Money reveals its subjects exports and transnational integra- quite fragile. Garsten and Sörbom
to be at once producers of economic tion. A new reliance on exports argue that the WEF must be
globalization and its byproducts. launched the integration of Eastern viewed relationally as a brokering
While the future of Taiwanese European industry into value chains organization that lives between the
business is uncertain, the durability that cut across the East-West political market and political spheres—and
of demand-led capitalism is not. divide. This book enriches our that extends its reach through
“Hamilton and Kao are the only understanding of a regional shift, associated individuals and groups.
scholars who could tell such a com- while also explaining the distinct They place the WEF in the context
prehensive and in-depth story about international roles that Central of a broader shift, arguing that
Taiwan’s export-oriented manufac- and Eastern European states have networks across business, politics,
turing sector from its 1960s origins to assumed in the globalized twenty- and civil society organizations are
the present.” first century. becoming increasingly powerful
—Ho-Fung Hung,
Johns Hopkins University, and agents in our global relations.
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8 Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy
A series edited by J. P. Singh

BRICS or Bust? What Is a Border? Living Emergency
Escaping the Middle-Income Trap Manlio Graziano Israel’s Permit Regime in the
Hartmut Elsenhans and Occupied West Bank
The fall of the Berlin Wall, symbol of
Salvatore Babones the bipolar order that emerged after Yael Berda
Economic growth has slowed or World War II, seemed to inaugurate In 1991, the Israeli government
stalled in Brazil, Russia, India, China, an age of ever fewer borders. The introduced emergency legislation
and South Africa. Diverging from liberalization and integration of canceling the general exit permit
the popular narrative of increased markets, the creation of vast free- that allowed Palestinians to enter
liberalization, BRICS or Bust? argues trade zones, and the birth of a new Israel. Today, Israel’s permit regime
specifically for direct government political and monetary union in for Palestinians is one of the
investment in human infrastructure; Europe, for instance, all appeared world’s most extreme and complex
policies that increase wages and the to point in that direction. Only apparatuses for population man-
bargaining power of labor; and the thirty years later, though, boundar- agement. With Living Emergency,
strategic use of exchange rates to ies and borders are expanding in Yael Berda brings readers inside the
encourage export-led growth. number and being reintroduced in permit regime, offering a first-hand
places where they had virtually been account of how the Israeli secret
Though strategies like full em- abolished. Is this an out-of-step, service, government, and military
ployment, mass education, and deceptive last gasp of national civil administration control the
progressive taxation are not especially sovereignty or the victory of the
Palestinian population.
controversial, none of the BRICS have weight of history over the power of
truly embraced them. Examining “Living Emergency is a ground-
place? The fact that borders have breaking analysis of the bureaucracy
barriers to implementation, Elsen- made a comeback, warns Manlio
hans and Babones find that the main Graziano, does not mean that they of occupation. And in Yael Berda,
this intricate and obfuscated bu-
obstacle to such reforms is an absence will resolve any problems. His reaucracy has met its match: Her
of political will, stemming from geopolitical history and analysis meticulous research and brilliant
closely guarded elite privilege under draws our attention to the ground insights call on us all to acknowledge
the current laws. BRICS or Bust? is a shifting under our feet in the present the ways in which the contemporary
short, incisive read that underscores rule of officials has developed across
and allows us to speculate on what the globe.”
the need for demand-driven growth might happen in the future.
and why it has yet to be achieved. —Eyal Weizman,
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Stanford Briefs 9
Letters to the Contrary Bureaucratic Intimacies Rules, Paper, Status
A Curated History of the UNESCO Translating Human Rights in Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy
Human Rights Survey Turkey in Contemporary Italy
Edited and Introduced by Elif M. Babül Anna Tuckett
Mark Goodale Whether motivated by humanitarian-
With eyes worldwide trained on
The Universal Declaration of Turkish politics, and with accession ism or concern over “porous” borders,
Human Rights (UDHR) has long to the European Union underway, dominant commentary on migration
served as the foundation for the Turkey’s human rights record has consistently focused on clandestine
protection of human rights around remains a key indicator of its gov- border crossings. Much less, however, is
the world. Historians and human ernmental legitimacy. Bureaucratic known about the everyday workings of
rights scholars have claimed that Intimacies shows how government immigration law inside borders. Draw-
the UDHR was influenced by workers encounter human rights ing on in-depth ethnographic fieldwork
UNESCO’s 1947-48 global survey of rhetoric through training programs in Italy, one of Europe’s biggest
intellectuals, theologians, and cul- and articulates the perils and promises receiving countries, Rules, Paper, Status
tural and political leaders, a survey of these encounters for the subjects moves away from polarized depictions
that supposedly revealed a universal and objects of Turkish governance. to reveal how migration processes
consensus on human rights. Drawing on years of participant actually play out on the ground. In
observation in programs for police doing so, Anna Tuckett highlights the
Based on meticulous archival complex processes of inclusion and
research, Letters to the Contrary officers, judges and prosecutors,
healthcare workers, and prison exclusion produced through encounters
revises and enlarges the conven- with immigration law. The statuses of
tional understanding of UNESCO’s personnel, Elif M. Babül argues that
the accession process does not always “legal” or “illegal,” which media and
human rights survey. Mark Goodale political accounts use as synonyms
uncovers a historical record filled advance human rights. Translation
of human rights into a tool of good for “good” and “bad,” are not created
with letters and responses that by practices of border-crossing, but
were omitted, polite refusals to governance leads to competing
understandings of what human rather through legal and bureaucratic
respond, and outright rejections of processes within borders devised by
the universal human rights ideal. In rights should do, not necessarily to
liberal, transparent, and accountable governing states. Taking migrants’
collecting, annotating, and analyzing interactions with immigration regimes
these responses, Goodale reveals an governmental practices.
as her starting point, Tuckett argues
alternative history deeply connected “Elif Babül provides wonderful
that successfully navigating Italian
to the ongoing life of human rights insight into the workings of bureau-
cracy confronted by international immigration bureaucracy requires and
in the twenty-first century. induces culturally specific modes of
Stanford Studies in Human Rights —Sally Engle Merry, behavior.
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streamed into Sichuan to offer the fix for broken democracies. Not
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examines how civically engaged lism abound. Does it really threaten
citizens acted on the ground, how democracy? Why the sudden rise
they understood the meaning of in populism? And what are we
their actions, and how the political talking about when we talk about
climate shaped their actions and “populism”?
This book argues for the need to
Using extensive data from interviews, rethink the concept of populism.
observations, and textual materials, While still based on the classic
Bin Xu shows that the large-scale divide between “the people” and
civic engagement was not just a “the elite,” populism’s reliance on
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caused by the earthquake illuminates dents of global populism, the media,
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