New & noteworthy: Politics and International Relations

February 28, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood in Contemporary Egypt: Democracy Redefined or Confined?

Author: Mariz Tadros
Edition: First
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 196
Price: £90.00
ISBN: 9780415465960 and 9780203115701 (e-book)

This examination of the Egyptian organisation’s ideals and practices extends from its 1928 inception to its response to the 2011 uprising. Mariz Tadros assesses the Muslim Brotherhood’s position on gender, religious minorities and political plurality, and analyses claims that it has abandoned extremism and should be engaged with as a moderate political force.


Political Economy of Statebuilding: Power After Peace

Editors: Mats Berdal and Dominik Zaum
Edition: First
Publisher: Routledge
Pages: 416
Price: £85.00
ISBN: 9780415604789

Focusing on the impact of international state-building interventions in the past 20 years, contributors to this edited volume consider international administrations and transformative occupations (East Timor, Iraq, Kosovo), complex peace operations (Afghanistan, Burundi, Haiti and Sudan), and governance and state-building programmes conducted in the context of economic assistance (Georgia and Macedonia).


Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World

Authors: Rex Brynen, Pete W. Moore, Bassel F. Salloukh and Marie-Joëlle Zahar
Edition: First
Publisher: Lynne Rienner
Pages: 349
Price: £52.95 and £17.50
ISBN: 9781588268532 and 68785

Lebanon- and Canada-based scholars consider the rapid and remarkable political change that began in 2010 and explore the precursors, nature and trajectory of the dynamics unleashed by the Arab Spring. They focus on the complex forces that have sustained authoritarianism in the region, as well as the roots of popular mobilisation and regime overthrow, and examine the possibilities for democratic reform.


New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World

Editors: Paolo Tripodi and Jessica Wolfendale
Edition: First
Publisher: Ashgate
Pages: 296
Price: £19.95
ISBN: 9781409453475

Featuring contributions from scholars in philosophy, international relations, security studies and strategic studies, this volume aims to present an interdisciplinary analysis that reflects the nature of modern warfare, and to allow its intended readers in the academy and the military to see the broad scope of modern military ethics and understand the many questions about modern conflict that require critical scrutiny.


Demystifying the Caliphate

Editors: Madawi Al-Rasheed, Carool Kersten and Marat Shterin
Edition: First
Publisher: Hurst and Company
Pages: 356
Price: £25.00
ISBN: 9781849042284

The editors, three leading UK-based scholars, bring together an international group of contributors to focus on the Caliphate, both as a historical reality and as an idealised Islamic polity, and on responses to its controversial and contested use today as a rallying call and symbol.

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