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Syria's Uprising and the Fracturing of the Levant
Hokayem, Emile, author
Abingdon, Oxon. : Routledge for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2013
Acknowledgements -- List of acronyms -- Map of Syria's ethnic and sectarian distribution -- Introduction -The regional and international dimensions of Syria's revolution -- An unpredictable uprising? -Syria's complex terrain -- Ch. one: the decay of the Syrian state --Bashar al-Assad's consolidation of power -- The challenge of reform and the flawed modernisation of the economy -- The decay of the state -- The nature of the regime -- The centrality of the security forces -- Ch. two: the uprising and the regime -- The political geography of the Syrian uprising -- The regime's response and resilience -- Ch. three: The rise of the opposition -- The emergence of many oppositions -- The militarisation of the uprising -- Revolution and Islamism -- Ch. four: the regional struggle over Syria -- Syria in the regional landscape -- Regional competition: between Turkey, Iran and the Gulf -- Iraq: the spectre of sectarian war reappears -- Vulnerable states: Lebanon and Jordan -- Israel: the end of a predictable relationship -- Ch. five: Syria in the international context -- Western confusion and ambivalence -- An incremental response -- International diplomacy -- Making sense of Western hesitancy -- Russia takes a stand -- Military constraints to intervention -- The Western debate over assisting the rebellion -- Conclusion -- Societal fragmentation -- Who holds power? -- The opposition's challenges -- The regime's survival strategy -- The diplomatic solution: delusion or only game in town?-The troubled regional picture.

As an upbeat and peaceful uprising quickly and brutally descended into a zero-sum civil war, Syria has crumbled from a regional player into an arena in which a multitude of local and foreign actors compete. The volatile regional fault lines that run through Syria have ruptured during this conflict, and the course of events in this fragile yet strategically significant country will profoundly shape the future of the Levant. -- Publisher description.
Baker Berry U162 .A34 no.438

The power of currencies and currencies of power
edited by Alan Wheatley
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, [2013]
The origins and use of currency power -- The pretenders to the dollar's crown -- The dollar and US power -- Financial blockades: reserve currencies as instruments of coercion -- Global trade and global currencies -- The renminbi's rise and Chinese politics -- The new shape of Asia -- The international monetary system: past, present ... and a possible future? -- Conclusion.

Today, a Great Power's arsenal extends well beyond the military, embracing soft power and also currency power. The dollar dominates the global economy, used in settling trade and investment deals but also held in reserve in vast quantities by central banks in case of a payments crisis. This demand for dollars keeps US borrowing costs lower than they otherwise would be, reinforcing the country's economic power and helping to pay for the world's strongest armed forces. This Adelphi sets out how the US has regularly deployed the power of the dollar to put pressure on foes such as Iran, as well as allies including the United Kingdom and Germany. Contributors, including Robert Zoellick, the former head of the World Bank, and John Williamson, a leading expert on currencies, assess how long the US will be able to maintain this 'exorbitant privilege' in tandem with a rising China. Beijing, sensing that the global crisis might herald the end of the dollar's supremacy, is eager to gain monetary power by carving out an international role for its own currency, the renminbi. The book examines the obstacles China must first overcome in its quest and the strategic consequences if it succeeds.
Baker Berry U162 .A34 no.439

Arctic opening : insecurity and opportunity
Le Mière, Christian, author
Abingdon : Routledge for the International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2013
List of acronyms -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The warming Arctic: Contexts -- Economic opportunities -- The Arctic as a theatre of military operations -- Paramilitary and constabulary activity -- Geopolitical impacts of the changing Arctic -- The future of Arctic governance -- Conclusion -- Figures and maps.

"The Arctic is opening. Global warming is leading to seasonal sea-ice retreat, which in turn opens hitherto impassable shipping routes and new areas for resource exploitation. Such changes are elevating the Arctic's geostrategic value and stoking inter-state competition. The admission of five Asian states as Arctic Council observers in 2013 underlines the increased importance of the High North in global politics. And as the sea ice retreats, so military forces are redeployed northwards, raising the prospect of conflict. Christian Le Mière and Jeffrey Mazo bring much-needed sobriety to the discussion of change in the Arctic, outlining the possibilities of and limits to economic opportunities in the High North while providing a detailed examination of the political and military changes this might bring. Their analysis provides an invaluable guide as the region transforms from a parochial concern to a global interest." --Publisher's website.
Baker Berry U162 .A34 no.440

Food security in Asia : challenges, policies and implications
Barthwal-Datta, Monika, 1980- author
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, 2014
1. Understanding food security -- What is food security? -- Towards food sovereignty -- The Green Revolution -- Agricultural trade liberalisation -- The 2007-08 food-price crisis -- Household, national and regional food security -- 2. What is driving food insecurity in Asia -- Changing dietary patterns -- Agricultural decline and shifts -- Competing land uses in Asia -- Environmental degradation and water shortages -- Climate change -- Growing energy demand and biofuels -- Poverty and urbanisation -- 3. How Asia has fed its citizens -- 'Outsourcing' food production -- Raising yields in Southeast Asia -- Multi-pronged approaches in India -- 4. Challenges of sustainability, resilience and adaptation -- Declining investment in agriculture -- Limited land and water -- Extreme weather and climate change -- Rural farmers under threat -- Land tenure -- 5. Where policies fail -- China and Indonesia : biofuels and foreign investments -- Vietnam and the Philippines : over-emphasis on rise self-sufficiency? -- The Philippines, Indonesia and India : corruption, inefficiency and waste -- Conclusion -- China and India : food security, conflict and geopolitics -- Small farmers food security across Asia -- Public investment in agriculture and rural development -- Environmental sustainability and climate change -- Regional politics : ASEAN and SAARC -- Effective governance.

The spike in global food prices in 2007-08 not only led to riots on several continents; it also reawakened fears about the world's future ability to feed itself, as growing populations place greater demands on agricultural systems operating in increasingly difficult environmental and climatic conditions. With more than half the world's people and high levels of inequality, Asia lies at the centre of the global food-security challenge of the twenty-first century. The region - especially China and India - is drawing on world stocks and importing more staples, as its own farms strain to meet its growing middle classes' desire for more meat and processed foods. Meanwhile, the smallholder farmers who supply 80% of the continent's food confront continued poverty, as they struggle to raise output in the face of creeping environmental degradation, looming water shortages and the unpredictable effects of climate change. As this Adelphi shows, there are no simple solutions. Today, rice is exported while some households still go hungry, unrest grows as land is appropriated for biofuels or industry, and nations compete over waters rich in fish. Only integrated policies that take into account the complex socio-economic and political aspects of food security have any chance of succeeding.
Baker Berry U162 .A34 no.441-442

Overcoming Pakistan's nuclear dangers
Fitzpatrick, Mark (Senior fellow for non-proliferation)
Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge for The International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2014
Pakistan's nuclear arsenal - the fastest growing in the world - raises concerns on many grounds. Although far from the scale of the Cold War, South Asia is experiencing a strategic arms race. And the more weapons there are, the more potential for theft, sabotage and nuclear terrorism. Worries that Pakistan's nuclear-weapons technology might again be transferred to nuclear aspirants have not been expunged. Being outside the nuclear club makes it harder to ensure nuclear safety. Of gravest concern is the potential for a nuclear war, triggered by another large-scale terrorist attack in India with Pakistani state fingerprints as in the 2008 Mumbai atrocity, this time followed by an Indian Army reprisal. Lowering the nuclear threshold, Pakistan has vowed to deter this with newly introduced battlefield nuclear weapons. Mark Fitzpatrick evaluates each of the potential nuclear dangers, giving credit where credit is due. Understanding the risks of nuclear terrorism and nuclear accidents, Pakistani authorities have taken appropriate steps. Pakistan and India give less attention, however, to engaging each other on the issues that could spark a nuclear clash. The author argues that to reduce the nuclear dangers, Pakistan should be offered a formula for nuclear legitimacy, tied to its adopting policies associated with global nuclear norms.
Baker Berry U162 .A34 no.443

Hoplites at war : a comprehensive analysis of heavy infantry combat in the Greek world, 750-100 BCE
Bardunias, Paul M., author
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
I.the tools -- Weapons -- Shields -- Body armor -- Other devices -- The men -- Culture -- Physicality -- Psychology -- The phalanx -- Hoplite formations -- The phalanx in action -- Special tactics -- Phalanx maneuvers -- Use of terrain -- Conclusions.

"Drawing on classical literature, archaeology and the latest data from physical, behavioral and medical science, this study of hoplite equipment, tactics and command seeks to separate modern myths from observable facts. The authors resolve some persistent controversies and advance new theories about the nature of ancient Greek warfare"--
Baker Berry U33 .B47 2016

Entrer en guerre
sous la direction de Hélène Baty-Delalande et Carine Trevisan
Paris : Hermann, [2016]
Baker Berry U21 .E64 2016

The Weight of Command : Voices of Canada's Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them
Granatstein, J. L., editor
Toronto : UBC Press, [2016]
"Three-quarters of a century after the Second World War, almost all the participants are gone. This book contains interviews with and about the Canadian generals who led the troops during that war. Edited and introduced by one of the foremost military historians of our time, this carefully curated collection brings to life the generals and their wartime experiences. The content is revealing and conversations frank. Peers and subordinates alike scrutinize key commanders of the war, sometimes offering praise but often passing harsh judgment. We learn of their failings and successes--and of the heavy weight of command borne by all."--
Baker Berry U54.C2 G75 2016

Commanding military power : organizing for victory and defeat on the battlefield
Grauer, Ryan, 1983- author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2016
Commanding military power -- Liaoyang -- Huai-Hai campaign -- The 5th Phase Offensive -- The 3rd Phase Offensive -- Conclusion.
Baker Berry UB210 .G825 2016

Early Iron Age Greek warrior 1100-700 BC
D'Amato, Raffaele, author
Oxford, UK : Osprey Publishing, 2016
Baker Berry U33 .D36 2016

Boom : the life of Viscount Trenchard - father of the Royal Air Force
Miller, Russell, author
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016
Baker Berry UG626.2.T745 M5 2016

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