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Security Studies Catalogue 2015Security Studies Catalogue 2015

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Security Studies

Polity is one of the world's leading publishers in security studies, politics and international relations. We publish many of the key scholars in the field and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge publications. We also have a strong list of textbooks in politics which are widely adopted at colleges and universities around the world.

Our authors include internationally renowned scholars and analysts in security studies such as Thomas Weiss, Paul Rogers, Paul Diehl, Mary Kaldor, Alan Dowty, John Ikenberry, Tzvetan Todorov, Dennis Sandole, Barry Buzan, Martin Shaw, John Dryzek and Robert E. Goodin.

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Major Textbooks

Book CoverFierke: Critical Approaches to International Security, second edition

"With her focus on security as both constructed and necessarily political, Karin Fierke remains one of the most important voices on critical theoretical engagement with security in international relations. This text is a must-read for any student or researcher serious about the study and practice of security."

Matt McDonald, The University of Queensland

Book CoverKane: Strategy: Key Thinkers

"A uniquely accessible and profound examination of the foundations of contemporary strategic thought. This book should be the starting point for anyone who wishes to understand the theory of war. A major intellectual achievement."

Eric Grove, Liverpool Hope University

Book CoverWilliams: War and Conflict in Africa

"A must-read for anyone with an interest in modern Africa. Its thematic chapters make it easy for development workers and other non-academic practitioners to dip in and out of. Yet its undoubted intellectual rigour and judicious use of existing studies and analyses ensure its utility to scholars and students of Africa whatever their disciplinary hue."

International Affairs

Book CoverRamsbotham, Woodhouse and Miall: Contemporary Conflict Resolution, third edition

"This new third edition confirms the stellar place of this book on the bookshelf of every scholar and practitioner in the field of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Nowhere else will you find such a comprehensive overview of the history of the field and its current methodologies, as well as entirely new chapters dedicated to the most pertinent issues of today, including the environment, gender, religion and the media. A must read - a hugely important resource for us all"

Mari Fitduff, Brandeis University

Book CoverMiall, Woodhouse, Ramsbotham and Mitchell: The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader

"This book is an absolute must-have resource for anyone interested in the birth and history of conflict resolution as a field of study, as well as a lexicon of fundamental documents that are currently shaping thinking and practice in the peacebuilding field. It is a unique and inspiring testimony to many of the challenges the field has faced."

Mari Fitzduff, Brandeis University

Book CoverDannreuther: International Security: The Contemporary Agenda, second edition

"Roland Dannreuther provides a sensitive and analytically strong account of the intellectual dilemmas faced by security studies in the new environment of threat in the post-Cold War era. This book delivers an impressive tour d'horizon of the array of new and challenging issues faced by both academics and practitioners in the area of security and a balanced account of the continuing debates within the sub-discipline."

S. Neil MacFarlane, University of Oxford

Book CoverWeiss: Humanitarian Intervention, 2nd Edition

"Quite simply, the best short account of the notion of humanitarian intervention currently available."

British Journal of Sociology

Book CoverGuelke: Politics in Deeply Divided Societies

"A distinguished expert in deeply divided societies, Guelke skilfully unpacks the challenges facing societies divided by ethnicity, religion, and race and tackles the critical dilemmas encountered by those seeking to design durable conflict-mitigating institutions. Politics in Deeply Divided Societies will stimulate current scholarship and nurture the next generation of students"

Neophytos G. Loizides, University of Kent

Book CoverBalas and Diehl: Peace Operations, 2nd Edition

"With what is more than an updated historical primer on peace operations, Diehl and Balas have done a masterful job of differentiating peacekeeping and peacebuilding, synthesizing the most recent quantitative findings on correlates of success and identifying the future challenges for policymakers. All is accomplished in a highly accessible book."

Karen A. Mingst, University of Kentucky

Book CoverMcdonald: Food Security

"In this crisply written, insightful book, McDonald brings our notions of security up to date by demonstrating how current global food systems undermine the world's ability to provide sufficient, safe, and nutritious food for everyone. Timely, sophisticated, and necessary, Food Security explains how this leaves all of us more vulnerable and offers important ideas for what to do about it."

Paul Wapner, American University

Book CoverKaldor: New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era, third edition

"A timely and important book. Putting the so-called revolution in military affairs firmly to one side, Mary Kaldor has provided us with a window into the future of war."

Martin van Creveld, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Book CoverGill and Phythian: Intelligence in an Insecure World, second edition

"Gill and Phythian have… produced a comprehensive, readable, nicely illustrated, and thought-provoking examination of national security intelligence in today's uncertain and dangerous world. Want to know all about espionage, covert action, and counterintelligence? Here's an excellent place to begin."

Loch K. Johnson, University of Georgia

Book CoverDetraz: International Security and Gender

"This is a complex and critical overview of the field of gender and security, which familiarizes readers with the field in a fair and even-handed manner and provides forward-looking challenges to the field's research agendas."

Laura Sjoberg, University of Florida

Book CoverSjoberg: Gender, War, and Conflict

"Laura Sjoberg's book is a feminist international relations primer for the real world. She shows that we can't understand - let alone end - wars and conflicts if we don't understand the masculinities and femininities that fuel them. This is the book that everyone - students, academics, and policy-makers - needs to read."

Jacqui True, Monash University

Book CoverCohn: Women and Wars: Contested Histories, Uncertain Futures

"To my mind, the very best academic work makes its reader sit up and take notice, either because the ideas are unfamiliar or because familiar ideas have been articulated in a new and engaging way. The individual chapters in this volume do both."

Gender and Development

Book CoverKreps and Kaag: Drone Warfare

"Kaag and Kreps offer a concise, provocative, and well-informed primer on the many issues related to drones. Anyone interested in this emerging form of warfare will want to read this book."

Daniel Byman, Georgetown University

Book CoverAcharya: The End of American World Order

"An important contribution to the building debate over how to sustain international order in an era of profound change. His vision is not just creative and provocative, but also a compelling prediction of where the world is likely headed."

Charles Kupchan, Georgetown University

Book CoverBradshaw: Global Energy Dilemmas

"The best single-volume guide to the problems of energy that I have come across. It is comprehensive, thoroughly researched, up-to-date, and, most important, provides readers with a coherent framework for making smart decisions about energy policy."

Michael Klare, Hampshire College

Book CoverLoch Johnson: National Security Intelligence

"In this finely crafted introduction, Loch Johnson offers a lively and accessible overview of the issues, theories, and themes that constitute both the study and practice of intelligence."

James J. Wirtz, Naval Postgraduate School, California

Book CoverStein: Israel Since the Six-Day War: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow

"Beautifully written, informative and authoritative, this book is a little treasure that ought to be read by all those interested in Israel and the Middle East."

Ahron Bregman, King's College London

Book CoverTurner: Congo

"The book on Congo that I have been waiting for: compact, powerful, and judicious. It is clear without oversimplifying the complexity. It provides an important historical perspective, and makes sexual violence central to the set of problems that need to be explained. Perfect for classroom use, and an excellent primer on the central issues for experts and readers of all hues."

Nancy Rose Hunt, University of Michigan

Book CoverHannigan: Disasters without Borders

"This fluent, critical and accessible book provides a wealth of detail and insight into the political and social pressures that shape discourse, international organization and policy for disaster management. A strongly recommended text for students of humanitarianism, disaster risk management, and international development policy, and a wake-up call for practitioners."

Mark Pelling, King's College London

Book CoverHampshire: Politics of Immigration

"Not only a brilliant work of scholarship, it is the best book on the politics of migration in decades and deserves to become the standard work."

Randall Hansen, University of Toronto

Book CoverGearty: Liberty and Security

"Encompasses hugely important, wide-angled themes and does so with tremendous erudition, lucidity, assuredness and power."

Global Policy

Polity Book Series

Global Futures

Polity's exciting new 'Global Futures' series explores the key questions set to determine the kind of world we're shaping for generations to come. Written by leading experts across the world, these short books offer pacey and thought-provoking responses to some of biggest contemporary challenges, from conflict in the Middle East to the future of Europe.

Book CoverMohammed Ayoob: Will the Middle East Implode?

"A trenchant and clear-eyed analysis of the turbulent forces now buffeting the Middle East. No one knows exactly where these societies are headed, but this book is a sure guide to the rival forces that are now contending in the region and a timely warning of the dangers ahead. It is more than a tour d'horizon; it is a tour de force."

Stephen Walt, Harvard Kennedy School

Book CoverChristopher Coker: Can War be Eliminated?

"Christopher Coker's new book is a masterpiece of erudite concision in which I learned something new on every page. He is not only Britain's leading philosopher of warfare, but a prolific historian who puts the competition to shame."

Michael Burleigh, author of Small Wars, Faraway Places: Global Insurrection and The Making of the Modern World

Hot Spots in Global Politics

These concise books offer authoritative overviews of conflicts in some of the world’s most notorious political ‘hot spots’. Written for a broad audience of students and general readers, they provide invaluable introductions to key regional and sub-regional conflict zones.

War and Conflict in the Modern World

This ground-breaking series provides intellectually rigorous introductions to core topics in War and Conflict Studies, drawing on a wide range of modern examples. Written by internationally renowned scholars, the books will aim to provide new empirical and/or analytical insight and make a clear contribution to public debate.


We live in a world of diminishing resources. Demand for many fuels and minerals far exceeds supply and the global battles to access and control these resources are intensifying. In this exciting new series leading international experts explore the geopolitics of key natural resources. From oil to water, timber to coltan, these provocative and illuminating books offer big-picture analyses of the complex power struggles at play and their implications for the future of these vital global resources.