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Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (Open Access) (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics Book 130)

by Sorin Baiasu

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality.The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory.  Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, trust, security, policy formulation and decision-making, political apology, public reason, political dissimulation, denial and self-deception, and will argue against the background of a Kantian view of sincerity as unconditional.Offering a significant comprehensive outlook on the practical limits of sincerity in political affairs, this work will be of great interest to both students and scholars.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, International, Political Parties, Practical Politics
Size: 221 pages
Free download for Kindle from 18 September 2019 onward  

MYANMAR: REINTEGRATING INTO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

by Chenyang Li

Located at the junction of East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, Myanmar is one of the most important countries in the world's geopolitical landscape. Its ongoing political and economic reforms arouse growing concern from the international community, especially great powers like the US, Japan, India and China. Will the demostic reform bring Myanmar back to the international community? How and to which extent does the demostic reform change Myanmar's relations with other countries?This book is based on papers presented at an international conference on Myanmar held at the Institute of Myanmar Studies in Yunnan University, China in 2014. Based on their long-term observation and studies, experts from China, Laos, Myanmar, Germany, Singapore and the US share their opinions on Myanmar's domestic reform and foreign relations, as well as the current situation and future prospect. This book contributes to better understanding of Myanmar in its dramatic political and social transition.Contents:Myanmar's Foreign Relations:China–Myanmar Relations Since 2011 (Hao Zhigang)Myanmar: In Search of Lost Equilibrium (David I Steinberg)Myanmar Foreign Policy under New Government: Changes and Prospects (Chaw Chaw Sein)Myanmar Looks to ASEAN First for Its Future (Larry Jagan)China–Myanmar Relations Since Naypyidaw's Political Transition: How Beijing can Balance Short-Term Interests and Long-Term Values (Li Chenyang and James Char)China–Myanmar's Relations after 2010: Political Reform, Local Development and Cross-Border Cooperation (Nora Schlenzig)The Focus Change of American Sanction Policies to Myanmar: From Democracy to National Reconciliation (Wang Zichang)Myanmar's Reforms and Opening the New Charpter with Japan (Khin Ma Ma Myo)New Developments in Japan–Myanmar Relations after the Thein Sein Administration came to Power (Bi Shihong)Myanmar's Political Reform and Transition:Myanmar's Reform: Current Situation and Future Prospect (Ko Ko Hlaing)The Motivations and Game in Myanmar's Transition (Zhai Kun and Song Qingrun)Does the New Political Development Pattern Occur in Myanmar?: Approaching the Analysis of State–Society Interaction Relation Since 2008 (Chen Yi-Chun and Soong Jenn-Jaw)Myanmar's Economic and Political Transition and Chinese Investment in Myanmar (Lu Guangsheng and Jin Zhen)Current Situation and Developing Tendency in Myanmar:Reintegrating into the International Community: Opportunities and Challenges for Myanmar (U Khin Maung Nyunt)The Role of Myanmar's Media in Democratization: Challenges Not Overcome or Opportunities Missed? (Aung Tun)Emerging Patterns of Parliamentary Politics (Renaud Egreteau)Myanmar Ethnic Peace Process: Strategy of the Myanmar Government in the Ongoing Democratic Transition (Su Mon Th Thazin Aung)Myanmar's Resource Nationalism and Its Influence (Luo Shengrong)Readership: Political scientists, undergraduates, graduate students, general readers interested in Myanmar studies.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 423 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 September 2019 onward  

Japan’s Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power: Democratic Resilience and the US-China Challenge

by Victor Teo

Genre: History, Asia, World, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 242 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Arms Race: China and the Geopolitics of the South China Sea

by Aldéric Au

As friction in the South China Sea threatens to spark war, this primer brings a timely analysis of the changing power balance.As China rises, it is not in its interests to trigger a war. However, with that rise comes expanding interests; strategic, military, economic, and political, which it must protect. China is acquiring the means to defend those interests.Already China possesses the ability to bring regional nations into its orbit through economic self-interest. It will not be long before its military resources match its economic heft. Regional governments recognize the futility of opposing China and understand the benefits of cooperation. The contest for control of the South China Sea is over and China has won. China, assisted by the fecklessness of successive US presidents, has demonstrated the hollowness of American security guarantees in the region.During the coming decades Beijing will continue to pursue policies that persuade neighbors, and the United States, to face reality and accept Chinese hegemony in Asia. Increasingly China will set the terms in which others operate in Asia.The United States will not yield its primacy in Asia willingly. China’s wish to create strategic space acerbates long-dormant tensions. Survival is the primary goal of any state in an anarchic international system. War would sound the death knell for Asia’s rise and inflict serious damage on human progress more generally. So high are the stakes that policy makers are seeking solutions. Without compromise, leaders will use coercion as an instrument of policy. An agreed way forward is in everyone’s interest.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 167 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 September 2019 onward  

Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912

by Seonmin Kim

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.  Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636–1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire’s policy of controlling Manchuria and Choson Korea. Kim also contributes to theKorean history of the Choson dynasty (1392–1910) by challenging conventional accounts that embrace a China-centered interpretation of the tributary relationship between the two polities, stressing instead the agency of Choson Korea in the formation of the Qing Empire. This study demonstrates how Koreans interpreted and employed this relationship in order to preserve the boundary—and peace—with the suzerain power. By focusing on the historical significance of the China-Korea boundary, this book defines the nature of the Qing Empire through the dynamics of contacts and conflicts under both the cultural and material frameworks of its tributary relationship with Choson Korea.

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 224 pages
Free download for Kindle from 16 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Africa's Lions: Growth Traps and Opportunities for Six African Economies

by Bhorat , Haroon

Examining the economic forces that will shape Africa's future.Africa’s Lions examines the economic growth experiences of six fast growing and/or economically dominant African countries. Expert African researchers offer unique perspectives into the challenges and issues in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa.Despite a growing body of research on African economies, very little has focused on the relationship between economic growth and employment outcomes at the detailed country level. A lack of empirical data has deprived policymakers of a robust evidence base on which to make informed decisions. By harnessing country-level household, firm, and national accounts data together with existing analytical country research—the authors have attempted to bridge this gap.The growth of the global working-age population to 2030 will be driven primarily by Africa, which means that the relationship between growth and employment should be understood within the context of each country’s projected demographic challenge and the associated implications for employment growth. A better understanding of the structure of each country’s workforce and the resulting implications for human capital development, the vulnerably employed, and the working poor, will be critical to informing the development policy agenda.As a group, the six countries profiled in Africa’s Lions will largely shape the continent's future. Each country chapter focuses on the complex interactions between economic growth and employment outcomes, within the individual Africa’s Lions context.

Genre: Business & Finance, Biographies & Primers, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 285 pages
Free download for Kindle from 15 September 2019 onward  

US Nation-Building in Afghanistan (Open Access)

by Conor Keane

Genre: History, Asia, Middle East, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 256 pages
Free download for Kindle from 15 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

The Believer: How an Introvert with a Passion for Religion and Soccer Became Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of the Islamic State

by William McCants

In The Believer Will McCants tells the story of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS), a group so brutal and hardline that even al-Qaida deemed them to extreme. Baghdadi, an introverted religious scholar with a passion for soccer, now controls large swaths of land in Iraq and Syria. McCants shows how Baghdadi became radicalized in the Saddam Hussein era and found his path to power after connecting with other radicals in an American prison during the Iraq war, culminating in his declaration of a reborn Islamic empire bent on world conquest.

Genre: Biography & True Accounts, Specific Groups, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International, Terrorism
Size: 21 pages
Free download for Kindle from 14 September 2019 onward  

Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace

by Lowell Dittmer

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. China’s relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island’s autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT’s insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China—and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually fascinating is that it ­­is not merely a security problem, but a ganglion of interrelated puzzles. The optimistic hope of the Ma Ying-jeou administration for a new era of peace and cooperation foundered on a landslide victory by the Democratic Progressive Party, which has made clear its intent to distance Taiwan from China’s political embrace. The Taiwanese are now waiting with bated breath as the relationship tautens. Why did détente fail, and what chance does Taiwan have without it? Contributors to this volume focus on three aspects of the evolving quandary: nationalistic identity, social economy, and political strategy.

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 284 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation: Global Challenges, Bi-regional Responses

by Andrew Cherry

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This edited volume is concerned with the evolution and achievements of cooperation in research and innovation between Africa and Europe, and points to the need for more diversified funding and finance mechanisms, and for novel models of collaboration to attract new actors and innovative ideas. It reflects on the political, economic, diplomatic and scientific rationale for cooperation, while also examining practical developments, illustrated with examples, in the fields of food security, health, and climate change. The need to mobilise scientific knowledge and to ensure equality and fairness in the cooperation are recurrent themes. Africa-Europe Cooperation in Research and Innovation is essential reading for policy makers and researchers in international relations and science diplomacy.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 147 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

by de Coning, Cedric

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, Globalisation, International, War & Peace
Size: 360 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

The Consequences of Chaos: Syria s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect (The Marshall Papers)

by Elizabeth G. Ferris

The massive dimensions of Syria's refugee crisis—and the search for solutionsThe civil war in Syria has forced some 10 million people—more than half the country's population—from their homes and communities, creating one of the largest human displacements since the end of World War II. Daily headlines testify to their plight, both within Syria and in the countries to which they have fled.The Consequences of Chaos looks beyond the ever-increasing numbers of Syria's uprooted to consider the long-term economic, political, and social implications of this massive movement of people. Neighboring countries hosting thousands or even millions of refugees, Western governments called upon to provide financial assistance and even new homes for the refugees, regional and international organizations struggling to cope with the demands for food and shelter—all have found the Syria crisis to be overwhelming in its challenges. And the challenges of finding solutions for those displaced by the conflict are likely to continue for years, perhaps even for decades.The Syrian displacement crisis raises fundamental questions about the relationship between action to resolve conflicts and humanitarian aid to assist the victims and demonstrates the limits of humanitarian response, even on a massive scale, to resolve political crises. The increasingly protracted nature of the crisis also raises the need for the international community to think beyond just relief assistance and adopt developmental policies to help refugees become productive members of their host communities.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 225 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

Democracy Promotion as Foreign Policy (Open Access): Temporal Othering in International Relations (Interventions)

by Cathy Elliott

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Ideologies, International
Size: 215 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

Trust and Terror (Open Access): Social Capital and the Use of Terrorism as a Tool of Resistance (Conceptualising Comparative Politics)

by Ammar Shamaileh

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 160 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global History)

by Manuel Perez Garcia

Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, World, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 352 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice Book 37)

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Ideologies, International, Political History & Theory
Size: 138 pages
Free download for Kindle from 13 September 2019 onward  

Friend or Foe? The Real Story of America and Russia: (Trump, Governor) (The President)

by Bill Moreno

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 31 pages
Free download for Kindle from 12 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health (International Political Economy Series)

by Maureen Mackintosh

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, investment and industrial growth in pharmaceuticals to improve access to essential good quality medicines, as part of moving towards universal access to competent health care in Africa. The authors aim to shift the emphasis in international debate and initiatives towards sustained Africa-based and African-led initiatives to tackle this huge challenge. Without the technological, industrial, intellectual, organisational and research-related capabilities associated with competent pharmaceutical production, and without policies that pull the industrial sectors towards serving local health needs, the African sub-continent cannot generate the resources to tackle its populations' needs and demands.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Industries & Professions, Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Education & Reference, Science & Maths, History & Philosophy, Physics
Size: 360 pages
Free download for Kindle from 09 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
1 review

How Generations Remember: Conflicting Histories and Shared Memories in Post-War Bosnia and Herzegovina (Global Diversities)

by Monika Palmberger

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and ‘rewritten’ following great socio-political change. Focusing on both Bosniak-dominated East Mostar and Croat-dominated West Mostar, it demonstrates that, even in this ethno-nationally divided city with its two divergent national historiographies, generation-specific experiences are crucial in how people ascribe meaning to past events. It argues that the dramatic and often brutal transformations that Bosnia and Herzegovina has witnessed have led to alterations in memory politics, not to mention disparities in the life situations faced by the different generations in present-day post-war Mostar. This in turn has created variations in memories along generational lines, which affect how individuals narrate and position themselves in relation to the country's history. This detailed and engaging work will appeal to students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, political science, history and oral history, particularly those with an interest in memory, post-socialist Europe and conflict studies.

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies, International, War & Peace
Size: 254 pages
Free download for Kindle from 09 September 2019 onward  

Globalization and Capitalist Geopolitics (Open Access): Sovereignty and state power in a multipolar world (Rethinking Globalizations Book 60)

by Daniel Woodley

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Globalisation, International
Size: 291 pages
Free download for Kindle from 08 September 2019 onward  

India’s Rise: Toward Trade-Led Growth

by C. Fred Bergsten

A new study by C. Fred Bergsten shows that India could increase its exports by $500 billion per year by joining the next stage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Bergsten argues trade liberalization would enable India to increase its annual economic growth to 8 to 10 percent, as targeted by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Millions of new jobs would be created as a result, and poverty would be substantially further reduced. By contrast, India will lose as much as $50 billion of current exports because of increasing discrimination against it by other countries if it remains outside the new global trade network. This network includes the plurilateral agreements on international services, environmental goods, and government procurement now being negotiated in and around the World Trade Organization as well as the TPP and other megaregional arrangements. To be accepted into these agreements, India will have to implement the economic reform program proposed by the Modi government. It will also have to liberalize its own markets to international trade and investment in order to persuade other countries to open their markets to its exports. To join the TPP, or a Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific as proposed by China that might succeed it, India will probably first have to join the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum within the next couple of years. President Barack Obama has welcomed India’s interest in APEC and, if India adopts the needed policy changes, should strongly support Indian membership.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 08 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.00 / 5
3 reviews

The Wall: The Real Costs of a Barrier between the United States and Mexico (The Brookings Essay)

by Vanda Felbab-Brown

In her Brookings Essay, The Wall, Brookings Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown explains the true costs of building a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, including (but not limited to) the estimated $12 to $21.6 billion price tag of construction. Felbab-Brown explains the importance of the United States’ relationship with Mexico, on which the U.S. relies for cooperation on security, environmental, agricultural, water-sharing, trade, and drug smuggling issues. The author uses her extensive on-the-ground experience in Mexico to illustrate the environmental and community disruption that the construction of a wall would cause, while arguing that the barrier would do nothing to stop illicit flows into the United States. She recalls personal interviews she has had with people living in border areas, including a woman whose family relies on remittances from the U.S., a teenager trying to get out of a local gang, and others.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 04 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 5
7 reviews

The Future of Land Warfare (Geopolitics in the 21st Century)

by Michael E. O'Hanlon

Genre: Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 270 pages
Free download for Kindle from 04 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 4.30 / 5
8 reviews

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD: How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a Sea of Debt (The Underground Knowledge Series Book 6)

by James Morcan

Dedicated to the impoverished in forgotten places of the world, this book questions whether the likes of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United States Agency for International Development and other big international aid organizations help or hinder the world’s poorest people.

It also questions whether the aid packages provided are genuine or whether they are scams designed to subjugate Third World countries.

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD: How the Global Elite Drown Poor Nations in a Sea of Debt, by novelists, filmmakers and independent researchers James Morcan & Lance Morcan, exposes the culture of corruption within the aforementioned aid organizations and the arrogance with which they treat their Third World ‘clients.’

The Morcans reveal there’s a nefarious hidden agenda at play whereby the ‘generosity’ extended by international aid organisations in assisting the development of the Third World and providing relief in the event of natural disasters comes with serious strings attached. Strings designed to fleece vulnerable nations.

The reader is reminded the economic hit men popularized in John Perkins’ 2004 bestseller ‘Confessions of an Economic Hit Man’ are still alive and well – in Africa in particular.

BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD puts two poverty-stricken nations under the magnifying glass to reveal the long-term impact of being the recipient of substantial financial aid from the West. The resulting debt accrued by these nations may surprise even the most skeptical reader.

In writing this book, the authors were motivated by one sickening statistic: 21,000 people die from starvation every day. That’s one person every four seconds!

More sickening is the fact such deaths are unnecessary given there is more than enough wealth in the world for everyone to at least receive the basic necessities of life, and more than enough in the Third World for it to organically sustain itself.

By the time you get to the end of this book you’ll see there’s as much wealth to be found in the Third World as there is in the First World. In fact, terms like ‘Third World’ and ‘impoverished nations’ are essentially misnomers as they imply wealth and resources are limited in these forgotten places. The authors aim to dispel that myth once and for all.

It’s hoped BANKRUPTING THE THIRD WORLD will contribute in some small way to the masses pressuring world leaders to eradicate the extreme poverty that sees millions of our fellow Human Beings – men, women and children – dying unnecessarily every year.

Genre: Business & Finance, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Poverty
Size: 102 pages
Free download for Kindle from 04 September 2019 onward  

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace (SpringerBriefs on Pioneers in Science and Practice Book 29)

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and peace. This unique anthology covers major themes in his distinguished career as a peace researcher. An autobiographical, critical retrospective puts his work on conflict and peace into a broader context, while a comprehensive bibliography documents his publications over a period of nearly 50 years. Part II documents his wide-ranging contributions on globalization, democratization and liberal peace, on international espionage, environmental security, climate change and conflict and on the decline of war and more generally of violence as a tool in conflict.

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths
Size: 171 pages
Free download for Kindle from 03 September 2019 onward  

Islam : Forgotten Element of Foreign Policy: (Saudi Arabia, Iran and Indonesia)

by Sugiri Plara

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Professional & Technical, Law, International
Size: 412 pages
Free download for Kindle from 03 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 2.90 / 5
2 reviews

The Prince of Counterterrorism: Washington's favorite Saudi, Muhammad bin Nayef, is the scourge of al-Qaida and Iran but no friend of those who want to see major reforms in the kingdom

by Bruce Riedel

In The Prince of Counterterrorism, Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel tells the story of Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef (MBN) and his contributions to the security of the kingdom and the Arab world. In the spring of 2015, King Salman removed his brother from the line of succession, and chose instead  his nephew, MBN, as his heir. Riedel explains why this decision is critical for the U.S. as MBN has been America's closest Saudi ally in the fight against terrorism, even helping to thwart attacks from al-Qaida on the U.S. However, while MBN's leadership is critical in countering the growth of groups like al-Qaida and ISIS, Riedel shows why he is unlikely to support social reforms within the kingdom.THE BROOKINGS ESSAY: In the spirit of its commitment to high-quality, independent research, the Brookings Institution has commissioned works on major topics of public policy by distinguished authors, including Brookings scholars. The Brookings Essay is a multi-platform product aimed to engage readers in open dialogue and debate. The views expressed, however, are solely those of the author. Available in ebook only.

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International, Terrorism
Size: 19 pages
Free download for Kindle from 01 September 2019 onward  

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century (Global Issues in Water Policy Book 6)

by Eiman Karar

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water in the decision-making hierarchy, and the rise of water-sensitive design, while also taking into account interdependencies between stakeholders, as well as the issue of scale. The book’s content is presented in an integrated and comprehensive format, building on detailed case studies from around the world and the authors’ working experiences in the water sector. Combining essential insights with accessible, non-technical language, it offers a valuable resource for academics, technicians and policy-makers alike.

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences
Size: 250 pages
Free download for Kindle from 01 September 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
1 review

Against Corruption: A book of essays

by Christone Lagarde

Corruption is the cancer at the heart of many of the world’s problems. It destroys jobs and holds back growth. It fuels instability and terrorism. It traps the poorest in poverty. It even corrodes trust in the sports we love.In this collection of essays leading politicians, activists, journalists and academics begin a global debate about how we can fight back.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Reference, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 31 August 2019 onward  

Toward a US-China Investment Treaty

by Jeffrey J. Schott

The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world; in terms of direct investment in each other’s economies, they are also among the world’s underperformers. Negotiations to produce a US-China Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) could change that situation dramatically, delivering a significant economic payoff to both countries. In this volume, experts at the Peterson Institute for International Economics analyze the roadblocks to those talks and outline steps that a BIT must take to encourage foreign investment and to establish reciprocal rules for the treatment of firms and protection of investments. US-China BIT negotiations were initiated under the presidencies of George W. Bush and Hu Jintao, but progress faltered in 2008 as US economic priorities shifted in the Great Recession. Negotiations resumed in late 2014. Among the challenges are China’s historically less ambitious agreements, a laborious legislative process to enact investment treaties in the United States, US concerns about national security, and Chinese policies that impede foreign investment. Scholars examine these issues and possible ways to resolve them.

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free download for Kindle from 29 August 2019 onward  

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