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Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes by Francisco E. Thoumi

Illegal Drugs, Economy, and Society in the Andes

Author(s)
Francisco E. Thoumi

Some countries develop illegal drug industries, and others do not. Discerning the distinguishing characteristics—social, economic, and political—of countries with these industries forms the subject of Francisco Thoumi’s sophisticated and humane study.

Finding the Middle Way: The Utraquists' Liberal Challenge to Rome and Luther by Zdenék V. David

Finding the Middle Way: The Utraquists' Liberal Challenge to Rome and Luther

Author(s)
Zdeněk V. David

Can an orthodox Christian creed and ritual be combined with a liberal church administration and a tolerant civic acceptance of not-so-orthodox views and practices? This question finds an affirmative answer in Zdenek V. David’s history of the Utraquist church of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Bohemia.

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy, and the State, edited by Hugo Frühling and Joseph S. Tulchin with Heather Golding

Crime and Violence in Latin America: Citizen Security, Democracy, and the State

Violence and crime pose serious threats to the relatively fragile democracies of Latin America and the Caribbean. This volume offers timely discussion by attorneys, government and policy officials, and academics from the United States and Latin America of the responses of the state, civil society, and the international community to these threats.

Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, edited by Hugh Heclo and Wilfred M. McClay

Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America

Religion Returns to the Public Square explores how and why religion has to be mixed up with American politics. Uncovering the philosophical, historical, legal, and social roots of this relationship, these essays go beyond hot-button issues to reflect on the current interactions and future possibilities of religion and politics in America.

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963, by Ilya V. Gaiduk

Confronting Vietnam: Soviet Policy toward the Indochina Conflict, 1954–1963

Author(s)
Ilya V. Gaiduk

Based on extensive research in the Russian archives, this book examines the Soviet approach to the Vietnam conflict between the 1954 Geneva conference on Indochina and late 1963, when the overthrow of the South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and the assassination of John F. Kennedy radically transformed the conflict.

Composing Urban History and the Constitution of Civic Identities

Composing Urban History and the Constitution of Civic Identities tells the story of how fractured urban communities sometimes succeed and sometimes fail at creating a way of life embracing the many varieties of people and institutions that make cities both urban and urbane.

Democracy and the Internet: Allies or Adversaries? by Leslie David Simon, Javier Corrales, and Donald R. Wolfensberger

Democracy and the Internet: Allies or Adversaries?

Author(s)
Leslie David Simon, Javier Coralles, Donald Wolfensberger

Is the Internet intrinsically democratic, supporting new varieties of expression and association? Or is it a dangerous vehicle of propaganda, helping repressive governments to deceive their people and mobs to drive democratic governments to extremes? In Democracy and the Internet: Allies or Adversaries? three essays draw evidence from starkly different regions of the world.

A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and the Congress by Lee Hamilton with Jordan Tama

A Creative Tension: The Foreign Policy Roles of the President and the Congress

Author(s)
Lee H. Hamilton, Jordan Tama

A Creative Tension is a unique look at the foreign policy roles of Congress and the president by one of the most astute congressional practitioners of foreign policy of recent decades, former U.S. representative and chairman of the House International Relations Committee Lee H. Hamilton.

Environmental Peacemaking, edited by Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko

Environmental Peacemaking

This volume examines the case for environmental peacemaking by comparing progress, prospects, and problems of initiatives in six regions—South Asia, Central Asia, the Baltics, Southern Africa, the Caucasus, and the U.S.-Mexico border.

Uncle Sam and Us: Globalization, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State by Stephen Clarkson

Uncle Sam and Us: Globalization, Neoconservatism, and the Canadian State

Author(s)
Stephen Clarkson

This comprehensive study analyzes the Mulroney-Chrétien era’s impact on Canadian governance through two related factors, globalization from without and neoconservatism from within. It concludes that the Canadian state has been weakened more by ideologues than by global forces.

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