#ISA2020 Highlights – Outstanding Books by Excellent Women Authors

On International Women’s Day, we are very proud to highlight some outstanding books by excellent women authors.

Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena (UC Berkeley)
author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka

Sanchita Banerjee Saxena

Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries by Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is praised by William Milam, Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh for being “insightful and perceptive,” noting that “most exciting to me is the potential that domestic coalitions in industry might augment to full-fledged policy networks, perhaps to grow into the kind of inclusive political institutions that are the basis of modernization and real democracy.”

Dr. Gabriela Fried Amilivia
(California State University Los Angeles)
author of State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America

 

Gabriela Fried Amilivia

State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America: Transmissions Across The Generations of Post-Dictatorship Uruguay, 1984–2004 by Gabriela Fried Amilivia is lauded by Gabriele M. Schwab, Chancellor’s Professor, Comparative Literature, School of Humanities, University of California, Irvine, for being “a groundbreaking study for anyone interested in crimes against humanity and their haunting transgenerational legacy.”

Dr. Anita Dey Nuttall (University of Alberta)
coeditor of International Relations and the Arctic

Anita Dey Nuttall Arctic

International Relations and the Arctic: Understanding Policy and Governance coedited by Dr. Anita Dey Nuttall earned an excellent review in Polar Record, which noted that “this is a fantastic and elaborate collection” that “will be of great interest to both the Arctic studies community and IR scholars.”

Dr. Hume Johnson (Roger Williams University)
author of Challenges to Civil Society

Hume Johnson civil society

Challenges to Civil Society: Popular Protest & Governance in Jamaica by Hume Johnson is praised by Dr. Priya Kurian, University of Waikato, because it is “a pioneering work that reconceptualises civil society to examine the nature and consequences of popular protest in Jamaica” and “will be invaluable to our rethinking the concept of civil society.”

Dr. Anabela Carvalho  (University of Minho)
coeditor of Climate Change Politics

Anabela Carvalho

Climate Change Politics: Communication and Public Engagement by Anabela Carvalho and Tarla Rai Peterson is commended by Max Boykoff, University of Colorado, because it “effectively take readers beyond well-worn laments of science-policy woes and into emancipatory spaces of possibility and innovation in order to confront twenty-first-century climate challenges.”

Dr. Tarla Rai Peterson (Texas A&M University)
coeditor of Social Movement to Address Climate Change

Tarla Rai Petersen Climate

Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action edited by by Danielle Endres, Leah Sprain, and Tarla Rai Peterson is the Winner of the Christine L. Oravec Award in Environmental Communication. Professor Leah Ceccarelli, University of Washington, notes that “this book exhibits the best that public scholarship has to offer. Its authors utilize sophisticated rhetorical theory and criticism to uncover the inventional constraints and possibilities for participants at various sites of the Step-It-Up day of climate activism.”

Dr. Susan Bryant (United States Army, ret.)
coeditor of Military Strategy in the 21st Century

Susan Bryant

Military Strategy in the 21st Century: People, Connectivity, and Competition coedited by Susan Bryant comes highly recommended by John Nagl, author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife and Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War because it delves into “the evolving character of war in an increasingly interconnected, networked world—and suggest innovations that will make us safer and more capable.”

Dr. Helen E. Purkitt (United States Naval Academy)
editor of African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century 

 

Helen Purkitt African Security

African Environmental and Human Security in the 21st Century by Helen E. Purkitt is commended by the Institute for Environmental Security, which notes that “the originality and comprehensiveness of each chapter means that the volume is likely to appeal to a wide range of readers for many years … an important book for African Studies, economic development, environmental and earth science, environmental security, human security, international relations, national security and military science collections.”

Dr. Edith A. Disler (United States Army, ret.)
author of Language and Gender in the Military

Edith A Disler

Language and Gender in the Military: Honorifics, Narrative, and Ideology in Air Force Talk by Edith A. Disler  provides a refreshing perspective on gender and language dynamics in a setting that had previously not been examined.

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ISSS-IS 2019 Annual Conference, Denver

Cambria Press is proud to be a silver sponsor for the 2019 ISSS-IS Annual Conference, which will be held at the Sié Center at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado, October 18–19.

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China’s Response to the Sino–U.S. Trade War→The Gathering Pacific Storm

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) has reported that Rear Admiral Lou Yuan, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, declared during a Dec. 20 speech delivered in Shenzhen, China, that the ongoing disputes over the ownership of the East and South China Seas could be resolved by sinking two US super carriers. This statement appears to run counter to China’s long-term goals.

In The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development, Tai Ming Cheung and Thomas G. Mahnken note in their concluding chapter “The Long-Term Implications of Future US Strategy for China and Chinese Strategy for the United States,” that

China’s efforts to develop core defense competencies in advanced areas could be undermined by being goaded into an arms race with the United States, forcing China to invest in research and development that it can ill afford and in technologies in which it is ill equipped to compete over the long term. […]

Xi Jinping appears to share this view, as he has emphasized the importance of China pursuing its own development of asymmetric technological capabilities and not simply following others. At a meeting of the Central Finance and Economics Leading Small Group in August 2014, Xi said that China should “develop its own asymmetric shashoujian capabilities and not just do exactly the same as developed countries are doing.”

Consequently, the defense technological race between the United States and China can be expected to continue for the foreseeable future, especially during Xi’s tenure to at least the early 2020s, and could even intensify depending on the overall  direction in US-China relations. While China will watch closely how the United States proceeds with its Third Offset Strategy or whatever other technology development initiatives that emerge in the coming year, Beijing will likely continue to focus on
its own priorities and not be drawn too closely into an action-reaction dynamic with a far more able innovation competitor.

Released just a few months ago, The Gathering Pacific Storm is considered by leading  experts such as Robert Work, 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), to be “a timely, thought provoking book” and “essential reading for those concerned about the erosion of U.S. military-technical advantage.”

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Asian Security – 3 Essential Books

Asian Security

The Gathering Pacific Storm

Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development

Tai Ming Cheung and Thomas G. Mahnken

The U.S. has enjoyed overwhelming military technological superiority in the post-Cold War era, but China has begun to chip away at this dominance. As distrust and strategic rivalry becomes more prominent in US-China relations, this is helping to turn what had previously been parallel but separate military research and development efforts by both countries into a directly connected competition. This contest for leadership in defense technology and innovation promises to be a long-term and highly expensive endeavor for the United States and China.

Examining the nature of the US-China defense technological competition requires a more comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the complex military, economic, innovation, and other drivers at play. Moreover, this technological race is still in the early stages of development and can be expected to grow larger, more complex, and more intense, so The Gathering Pacific Storm: Emerging US-China Strategic Competition in Defense Technological and Industrial Development, edited by by Tai Ming Cheung and Thomas G. Mahnken, provides an invaluable resource for understanding the origins and patterns of competition in different domains.

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“This is a timely, thought provoking book on the state of the increasingly heated military-technological competition between the United States and its great power rivals, China and Russia. Coming on the heels of new National Security and Defense strategies that emphasize the return of great power competition, it is essential reading for those concerned about the erosion of U.S. military-technical advantage. Dr. Cheung and Dr. Mahnken’s book is sure to provide an important intellectual foundation for debate over this important issue. Highly recommended!” –Robert Work, 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense and CEO of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS)

Trust and Distrust in Sino-American Relations

Challenge and Opportunity

Steve Chan

Trust is a concept that ought to be at the front and center of international relations research. It is pivotal to how states interpret the actions of others and decide their own policies. Mutual distrust can set off a spiral of competitive dynamics as a consequence of reciprocal misinterpretation of each other’s intentions. At the same time, misplacing one’s confidence in a state that is actually untrustworthy can seriously jeopardize a country’s security. Yet despite its analytic and policy importance, only a few books have given systematic attention to this pivotal concept.

Trust and Distrust in Sino-American Relations: Challenge and Opportunity by Steve Chan fills that gap by addressing the question of how states acquire a reputation for trustworthiness—or untrustworthiness—in the eyes of others. It focuses especially on the relationship between China and the U.S., the two most consequential countries in today’s world, offering a systematic framework for analyzing their level of trust, and examining how ongoing trends and prospective developments may foster or undermine this relationship. In this, it provides a new approach to the subject by applying theoretical insights and empirical generalizations from the international relations literature to the case of Sino-American relations.

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“Steve Chan, a leading scholar of Chinese foreign policy, has once again come up with an excellent book, this time on the topic of ‘trust.’ In this succinctly written book, he provides a very rich theoretical and empirical discussion of trust and mistrust in international relations with the use of Sino-US relations as empirical case study. A valuable addition to both IR theory and the study of China’s foreign relations.” —T.V. Paul, James McGill Professor of International Relations, McGill University

A New Strategy for Complex Warfare

Combined Effects in East Asia

Thomas A. Drohan

A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia by Thomas A. Drohan develops new theory for superior strategy in complex warfare. The approach is comprehensive and practical, and it is applied to three contemporary security crises involving the United States, China, the Koreas, and Japan. Beginning with existing theories on strategy and culture, a new interpretation of “combined effects strategy” is introduced based on research and years of experience.

Unlike previous works, this study considers security culture as a way to understand warfare conceived and waged broadly: patterns of confrontation and cooperation, threat perception and assessment, and strategic effectiveness. In addition, for the first time, contemporary crises detail the interaction of strategies operating as lines of effect which when combined, create powerful synergies. A summary analysis of each case develops implications for future strategy. The concluding chapter is unique in its discussion of the influence of security culture on operational concepts, when lines of effect combine, and how security culture informs combined effects strategy, particularly for the United States.

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“Few works have succeeded as much as this one at succinctly explaining centuries of Asian cultural history and contextualizing that history to current security issues in the region. Members of the security community will greatly benefit from this unique perspective. … Drohan excels in explaining the implications cultural histories have for US security strategy and prescribes both philosophical and pragmatic changes practitioners should make. ” —Parameters

These books are in the Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security (RCCS) Series (General Editor: Geoffrey R.H. Burn).

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Cambria Press Publication Review: State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America

Congratulations to Professor Gabriela Fried Amilivia on the outstanding review of her book, State Terrorism and the Politics of Memory in Latin America: Transmissions Across The Generations of Post-Dictatorship Uruguay, 1984–2004, in the Journal of Latin American Studies, which praises the book for being “an invaluable contribution.”

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The review notes that:

Gabriela Fried Amilivia’s accomplished work is an invaluable contribution to the modest, yet growing, body of literature to focus exclusively on the evolution of memory in post-dictatorship Uruguay, which has tended to occupy a secondary role in both theoretical and critical debates to its larger neighbour across the Río de la Plata. This study therefore gives the flurry of activity and interest in commemoration since the mid-1990s in Uruguay the nuanced attention it duly deserves, taking its place alongside Eugenia Allier Montaño’s work on sites and practices of memory, Francesca Lessa’s seminal study of transitional memory and justice and Mariana Achugar’s coverage of memory and subjectivity beyond ‘the usual suspects’ to incorporate the Uruguayan military. … Fried’s work differs in a number of ways … What emerges is an intensely rich and moving study of memory, arguably a reflection of the blending of Fried’s personal and professional positions as a member of the latter generation and a scholar and active contributor to academic debates.

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Cambria Press Publication Review – A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia

Congratulations to Brigadier General Thomas Drohan on another outstanding journal review of his book, A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia.

Asian Warfare

The Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs commends the book because it “provides comprehensive and insightful analysis over a new strategy in complex warfare that bridges the gap among different theories, military doctrines and practices of strategy formulation.”

The review recommends the book, stating that “A New Strategy for Complex Warfare is helpful for practitioners to frame the situation, think about their desired effects and achieve the synthesis effects after adopting multiple physical and psychological means. Readers seeking an insightful analysis over the complexity of foreign strategies and the interactions among different strategic means are likely to find this book helpful.”

This book is in the Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security (RCCS) Series (General Editor: Geoffrey R.H. Burn).

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Book Highlight: North Korea Demystified

If the world is to effectively deal with the reality of North Korea, reliable information is critical. This book seeks to demystify the “intelligence black hole” that is North Korea. In so doing, it supplies the reader with much needed factual information garnered through firsthand experience by those who have actually visited and done research in North Korea. Each chapter consists of original research by prominent experts in the field.This is a timely read, given the current escalation of political tensions between North Korea and the United States. Whereas other studies of North Korea most often rely merely on available secondary resources (e.g., texts, films etc.) rather than firsthand experience or interviews in supporting central claims, this edited volume, led by foremost North Korean expert Dr. Han S. Park, has the unprecedented advantage of all its contributors having actually spent a considerable amount of time “on the ground” in North Korea gathering information for their research. North Korea Demystified is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

North Korea Demystified

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