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Here is my choice of books for May 2014:
Alex J. Bellamy and Paul D. Williams. eds. 2013. Providing Peacekeepers: The Politics, Challenges, and Future of United Nations Peacekeeping Contributions. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 480 pp. £65.00
Bellamy and Williams are the leading scholars in Security Studies and peacekeeping, and their contribution is probably the most important on the topic since the publishing of Thakur and Schnabel's edited book titled United Nationas Peacekeeping Operations: Ad Hoc Missions, Permanent Engagement (2001). These two books seem to be an essential read if you are into peacekeeping.
Kupchan, Charles. 2012. No One’s World: The West, the Rising Rest and the Coming Global Turn. New York: Oxford University Press. 272 pp, $20
Mahbubani, Kishore. 2013. The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World. New York: Public Affairs. 315 pp. $27
These two books deal with the debate on the declining U.S. power and the "rising rest", while discussing the change in the global order. Mahbubani also touches upon the role of the UN through the concept of "One World". Here is the review article I wrote for Journal of Regional Security, covering these two books.
Calvin, Patricia. 2013. Securing World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations 1920-1946. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 416 pp. £67.00
This book seems to be a major contribution to understanding of the UN's predecessor. Here are some of the reviews:
"There are so many insights that it is impossible to do justice to them all...This book is a major contribution not just to the history of international organization in the twentieth century, but to an understanding of the actual social and political processes that underpinned the amazing leap into institutionalized international relations witnessed by its second half." - Cornelia Navari, International Affairs
"This book will last and is unlikely to be replicated' ... it has unquestionably proved that in those years the League of Nations undertook a major role in economic and financial diplomacy and has shed much light on its previously little-known activities." -Sally Marks, H-Diplo
Philipott, Daniel. 2012. Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 368 pp. £19.99
"In the wake of massive injustice, how can justice be achieved and peace restored? Is it possible to find a universal standard that will work for people of diverse and often conflicting religious, cultural, and philosophical backgrounds?
In Just and Unjust Peace, Daniel Philpott offers an innovative and hopeful response to these questions. He challenges the approach to peace-building that dominates the United Nations, western governments, and the human rights community. While he shares their commitments to human rights and democracy, Philpott argues that these values alone cannot redress the wounds caused by war, genocide, and dictatorship. Both justice and the effective restoration of political order call for a more holistic, restorative approach." (from the publisher)
Davis, Kevin, Angelina Fischer, Benedict Kingsbury, and Sally Engle Merry. Eds. 2012. Governance by Indicators: Global Power through Classification and Rankings. Oxford: Oxford University Press. £90.00
Quantification, measuring and figures are everywhere around us. We accept statistics and benchmarks as the preconditions for our decision making or the the governments and international organizations who make their decisions based on those indicators. The case studies in the book include human rights, technologies of global governance, humanitarian indicators, markets, etc.
"Using insights from case studies, empirical work, and theoretical approaches from several disciplines, the book identifies legal, policy, and normative implications of the production and use of indicators as a tool of global governance." (from the publisher).
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