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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 a...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 June 2019 onward  

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development: Killing Me Softly?

by Helen Louise Ackers

This book is open access under a CC BY license.This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change. The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and newborn health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to ot...

Genre: Professional & Technical, Medicine, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths
Size: 173 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 June 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 Ch...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 224 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 June 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...

Genre: History, Asia, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 284 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 June 2019 onward  

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

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

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Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Ideologies, International, Political History & Theory
Size: 138 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 23 June 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 ...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 147 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 June 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...

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths, Biological Sciences
Size: 250 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 22 June 2019 onward  

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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...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International, Terrorism
Size: 19 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 June 2019 onward  

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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...

Genre: History, Europe, Historical Study, Military, UK, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Ideologies, International, War & Peace
Size: 254 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 21 June 2019 onward  

Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (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, ...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Philosophy, International, Political Parties, Practical Politics
Size: 221 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 19 June 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 do...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 423 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 June 2019 onward  

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

by Victor Teo

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Genre: History, Asia, World, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Practical Politics
Size: 242 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 June 2019 onward  

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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 demon...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 167 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 18 June 2019 onward  

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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...

Genre: Business & Finance, Biographies & Primers, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 285 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 June 2019 onward  

US Nation-Building in Afghanistan (Open Access)

by Conor Keane

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Genre: History, Asia, Middle East, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 256 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 17 June 2019 onward  

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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 eBook download for Kindle from 16 June 2019 onward  

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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 organizatio...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 225 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2019 onward  

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

by Bill Moreno

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Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 31 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 14 June 2019 onward  

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

by Cathy Elliott

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Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Ideologies, International
Size: 215 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 June 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

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Genre: History, Asia, Historical Study, World, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Globalisation, International
Size: 352 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 11 June 2019 onward  

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

by Daniel Woodley

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Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Government, Globalisation, International
Size: 291 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 10 June 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

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Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: 160 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 08 June 2019 onward  

Diplomacy and War: In Our Times

by Philip Wik

War is the greatest problem of our time. This problem isn't the place for illusions. The dimensions of analysis include war not just as a social, economic, geographical, and as a political dynamic. It's also an epistemic and moral failure.

In Politics In Our Times, I explore the way people influence others to achieve governance. War In Our Times is the second volume of this series. As von Clausewitz suggests, war is a kind of politics in that it achieves political objectives that cannot be achieved through soft power or through diplomacy. The title is also a play on the words "peace for our time" spoken by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain a year before Hitler invaded Poland. Thus, for Germany, war represented a continuation of politics while for the Allied Powers it ...

Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 191 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 June 2019 onward  

United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

by de Coning, Cedric

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Genre: Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, Globalisation, International, War & Peace
Size: 360 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 07 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 3.50 / 5
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The Future of Land Warfare (Geopolitics in the 21st Century)

by Michael E. O'Hanlon

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Genre: Professional & Technical, Technology & Engineering, Politics & Social Sciences, Freedom & Security, International
Size: 270 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 06 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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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, intelle...

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 eBook download for Kindle from 05 June 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,...

Genre: Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Law, Politics & Social Sciences, International, Science & Maths
Size: 171 pages
Free eBook download for Kindle from 05 June 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 ...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 03 June 2019 onward  

Rating: 5.00 / 5
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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 eBook download for Kindle from 31 May 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 ...

Genre: Business & Finance, Economics, Nonfiction, Politics & Social Sciences, International
Size: Unknown
Free eBook download for Kindle from 31 May 2019 onward  

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