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

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Cambria Press Publication Review for A New Strategy for Complex Warfare

Congratulations to Colonel Thomas Drohan (PhD, Princeton University), Head of the Department of Military & Strategic Studies at the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy, on the outstanding review by the journal Parameters of his book, A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia.

This book, which is part of the new Cambria Rapid Communications in Conflict and Security Studies (RCSS) Series (general editor: Dr. Geoffrey R. H. Burn), was published by Cambria Press in 2016 and launched at the ISA and AAS conferences.

The review notes that “in placing weapons-centric strategic changes front and center, policymakers are putting the cart before the horse. Thankfully Drohan, a scholar with a doctorate from Princeton who now heads the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the US Air Force Academy after years of his own military service, is in a unique position to bridge this gap between academic theorists and policy practitioners, a task he successfully accomplishes.”

It commends the book because it “does much of the heavy lifting required for acquiring a proper understanding of Asian security cultures. 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.”

The review also emphasizes how “Drohan does not simply provide policymakers with pages of historical detail and no guidelines for determining its relevance. He excels in explaining the implications cultural histories have for US security strategy and prescribes both philosophical and pragmatic changes practitioners should make.”

Buy A New Strategy for Complex Warfare: Combined Effects in East Asia for only $29.95 today on Amazon.

International Day of Rural Women – Villages, Women, and the Success of Dairy Cooperatives in India

October 15 is the International Day of Rural Women, and so Cambria Press is highlighting Villages, Women, and the Success of Dairy Cooperatives in India: Making Place for Rural Development by Dr. Pratyusha Basu.

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“The constant appearance of India’s cooperative dairying program in celebratory itineraries of national and international development can be considered one of its principal distinguishing features. One prominent instance of this utilization of the program to mark the successes of rural development was the visit by Bill Clinton, then president of the United States, to the village of Nayala in the state of Rajasthan in western India on March 23, 2000, as part of an official visit to South Asia. In his meeting with members of a women’s dairy cooperative society in Nayala, Clinton marveled at their use of automated milk-testing and accounting technologies (BBC News 2000b; Joseph 2000) and offered the following parting words: ‘I grew up in a place with many dairy cows. And I know what hard work it is. And I will always treasure this. And I will put this up in the White House so that people from all over the world will know I have come here, and I can tell them the story of what you are doing. (American Presidency Project 2000)’ “

The Professional Geographer has noted that this book “has wider implications for development studies beyond the case of cooperative dairying in India. Basu’s research is critical of broad-brush studies, policies, and programs of international and national development that aim to alleviate poverty with “one-size-fits-all” perspectives and that are not sufficiently attentive to diversity within community cultures and politics or open to multifaceted approaches to sustaining livelihoods.”

Villages, Women, and the Success of Dairy Cooperatives in India is an important resource for those studying geography, sociology, anthropology, rural studies, development studies, gender studies, and Asian studies (especially regional studies of India).

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Cambria Press New Publication: New, Highly Accessible Book on Bilateral Aid to #LatinAmerica

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Cambria Press New Publication – Bilateral Aid to Latin America: Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations by Francis Adams

Bilateral Aid to Latin America:
Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations

Cambria Press announces the release of this comprehensive, detailed account of the bilateral economic assistance of six major donor nations—the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, and China—to the nations of Latin America.

This important, accessible resource will be very useful in understanding the nature, impact, and motivations of such foreign assistance to Latin America. For example, the book looks at the relationship between China and Latin America:

From Chapter 8, CHINA: Power, Wealth, and Interests:

Protecting state-sponsored investments in Latin America is a top priority for the Chinese government. As with trade, China hopes to avoid new restrictions on foreign investment. The cumulative stock of China’s direct investments in Latin America is $26.7 billion, roughly one-fifth of China’s foreign investment worldwide. …

China has now surpassed Japan as the leading Asian trading partner for Latin America. It is the first or second largest trading partner for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.”

Libraries collections that focus on Latin America, international development, and economic assistance will want to add Bilateral Aid to Latin America: Foreign Economic Assistance from Major Donor Nations to their purchase list.

About the author: A University Professor of Political Science at Old Dominion University, Francis Adams (PhD, Cornell University) is also the chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography and holds a joint appointment with the Graduate Program in International Studies. Professor Adams’s previous publications include The United Nations in Latin America: Aiding Development, Deepening Democracy: Global Governance and Political Reform in Latin America, and Dollar Diplomacy: United States Economic Assistance to Latin America.

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Landmines do not know the difference between war and peace

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Cambria Press Book: Landmines in Cambodia

A recent article in The Economist reports that southeastern Myanmar is “one of the most mine-ridden regions in the world”, where “over 5m Burmese people live in areas contaminated by landmines, most of which are concentrated on the long border with Thailand.”  In spite of the lethal consequences of landmines, demining has been out of the question because “ ‘they are still viewed very much as a military asset rather than a humanitarian issue,’  says a director at one Western anti-mine lobby.”

However, this is indeed very much a humanitarian issue as seen in Wade Roberts’ book, Landmines in Cambodia: Past, Present, and Future, which provides the first and only comprehensive historical account of landmine-related contamination in Cambodia. Although the study was done on Cambodia, the issues are nevertheless pertinent to other countries, including Myanmar. In fact, Dr. Robert Keeley, author of The Economics of Landmine Clearance, commends the book because “the utilisation of measuring tools such as the ones developed in this book could help rational decision making and assist in that laudable aim of ‘doing the greatest good for the greatest possible number’.”

He also praises Roberts because he “is a man who clearly cares deeply about the problems caused by landmines and the fate of the rural poor of Cambodia” and this can be seen in the personal experience he relates in the book: “Sarun Sot was standing in an open field outfitted with a worn sack dangling from one shoulder. On his other shoulder, he had positioned a strap which was connected to the shaft of a metal detector. The strap helped to hold the weight of the device as he motioned it left and right in concentrically expanding semicircle patterns. Alone, he was searching for metal. Sarun was 12 years old. His family relied on the income he acquired selling the snippets and oddments of metal he unearthed.” All this would be done in landmine-ridden areas, with Sarun not being an exception but the rule.

Given the rich combination of quantitative and qualitative data coupled with the practical recommendations delineated, this book will be of immense value to scholars in poverty management studies, policy studies, and sociology.

Recommend this Cambria Press book today! There are affordable Cambria Press e-book versions of this title.

Professors, if you would like to use this for your class, refer your librarian to the Cambria Press Desk Copy Plus Program that helps you get free versions for your students!

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