Book Reviews

CEJISS welcomes academics, students and the interested public to contribute to our growing book review section. Please select a book of your interest from the list of available books below, complete the electronic form and submit it to the CEJISS administration. As soon as we receive your request, our staff will contact you and forward you your book selection -- free of charge -- on condition that you submit a book review within two months of receiving the book. Please read our Author's Guide for additional information. Additionally, CEJISS welcomes book reviews for books not listed below, though please contact the CEJISS Review Editor, Ms. Zuzana Měřičková (merickova@cejiss.org) to ensure your selected book corresponds with the themes covered by CEJISS.

Bettina Renz: Russia’s Military Revival

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Ilya Levive

Bettina Renz: Russia’s Military Revival

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R150102   In 2012, US President Barack Obama and his supporters mocked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for describing Russia as America’s ‘number one geopolitical foe’. In 2017, Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden characterised Russia as the biggest threat to the international liberal order. While this dramatic reversal was partly a result of the 2016 presidential election, it is also directly connected to Russia’s military interventions in Ukraine…

Schuyler Foerster: NATO’s Return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond

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Ana Maria Albulescu

Schuyler Foerster: NATO’s Return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R150101   The Ukraine crisis constituted both a watershed moment for European security and a moment of reflection for the Alliance’s identity and its broader global ambitions, thus prompting various debates related to the role of NATO both within Europe and beyond. These debates inform the contributions to the volume NATO’s return to Europe: Engaging Ukraine, Russia and Beyond. This book brings together a series of different perspectives that touch upon the…

Rabia Akhtar: The Blind Eye, U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan From Ford to Clinton

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Shahneela Tariq

Rabia Akhtar: The Blind Eye, U.S. Non-Proliferation Policy Towards Pakistan From Ford to Clinton

This book review gives the views of the author, and not the position of School of Integrated Social Sciences nor of the University of Lahore.   https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R140401   State security and survival are the prime concerns of all states as realists believe that a state can be attacked by the other state at any time and there is no guarantee of security in international politics. It is integral for national security to enhance maximum power to protect the national borders and…

Thomas G. Weiss: Humanitarian Intervention

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Ana Maria Albulescu

Thomas G. Weiss: Humanitarian Intervention

https://doi.org/10.51870/CEJISS.R140402   The guiding question that Thomas Weiss sets to answer in Humanitarian Intervention is related to the tension between norms and practices of intervention to curb human suffering around the globe, a particular focus being placed on whether a new normative era in the protection of civilians, beyond state sovereignty is set to bring with it ‘a new dawn or dusk for the practice of humanitarian intervention’ (p.2). In a seminal first chapter that provides…

Gordon M. Hahn: Ukraine Over the Edge: Russia, the West and the “New Cold War”

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Jan Měřička

Gordon M. Hahn: Ukraine Over the Edge: Russia, the West and the “New Cold War”

The Ukrainian crisis came as a new security challenge at the beginning of the 21st century (2013-14). It gave a new opportunity for the Russian Federation to become a much more assertive power than before. This new Russian position has caused a strong Western reaction. Many Western officials and experts label Russian Federation a new threat on the same level as terrorism. G. M. Hahn shows that Ukraine is not just a victim. The book of G. M. Hahn describes the Ukrainian crisis in a wider…

Leonid Fituni, Irina Abramova: Islam, Global Governance and a New World Order

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Renat Bekkin

Leonid Fituni, Irina Abramova: Islam, Global Governance and a New World Order

The authors of the peer-reviewed monograph – Leonid Fituni and Irina Abramova – are well known among Russian specialists for their publications on the economy of Arab countries and international economic cooperation. In the monograph Islam, Global Governance and a New World Order, published by the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, they pay no less attention to political issues than to economic problems. The authors set themselves the task of reflecting “the…

Valentine M. Moghadam: Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

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Alina Shymanska

Valentine M. Moghadam: Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement

Despite this book not being a recent publication, the various issues that it brings to the table are still relevant topics for debates within academia. Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement by Valentine M. Moghadam examines three cases of three transnational social movements emerging as a response to liberalism and the globalization-from-above, which is defined by the author as ‘the latest stage of capitalism on a world scale’ (p.27).…

Peter Gill, Mark Phythian: Intelligence in an Insecure World

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Nikolozi Abzhandadze

Peter Gill, Mark Phythian: Intelligence in an Insecure World

In a world which is increasingly becoming more reliant on technology and interconnectedness, we must ask ourselves, what dangers may this rapid advancement in technology and communications could potentially pose? With these advancements comes further growth of intelligence agencies and their powers but we do not hear much about them, or even have any dedicated information on how they operate and what their true purpose is. Are intelligence agencies a ‘be or and end all’ organization? Do they…

Anders Corr: Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea

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Imane Hmiddou

Anders Corr: Great Powers, Grand Strategies: The New Game in the South China Sea

China is accused of not respecting International Law by illegally taking islands in the South China Sea. This implies that the country profits from all the goods in the area and consequently, neighbour states are directly affected by this act. PRC is legitimizing its acts by historical narratives which are not accepted by neither the neighbouring countries nor the international community. The international reactions toward China’s acts in South China Sea are following the diverse strategies…

Monica Duffy Toft: Securing the Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars

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Jasmina Ameti

Monica Duffy Toft: Securing the Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars

‘Why do some civil wars end, and stay ended, while others reignite?’ This is the central question that Securing the Peace, by Monica Duffy Toft, poses. In addressing the question, the book discusses advantages and disadvantages of terminating a war by negotiated settlements, and absolute military victory of a government or a rebel group, or ceasefires and stalemates. Based on a statistical analysis of war recurrence, the author argues that, even though negotiated settlements are the most…

2021 - Volume 15 Issue 1