Toward a New Public Diplomacy: Redirecting U.S. Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy) by P. Seib
The Independence of Scotland: Self-Government and the Shifting Politics of Union by Michael Keating
The Party Period and Public Policy: American Politics from the Age of Jackson to the Progressive Era by Richard L. McCormick
Perilous Options: Special Operations as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy by Lucien S. Vandenbroucke
Power Politics and the Indonesian Military by Damien Kingsbury
?Toward a New Public Diplomacy: Redirecting U.S. Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy) by P. Seib
English | Oct. 20, 2009 | ISBN: 0230617433 | 270 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
Proponents of American public diplomacy sometimes find it difficult to be taken seriously. Everyone says nice things about relying less on military force and more on soft power. But it has been hard to break away from the longtime conventional wisdom that America owes its place in the world primarily to its muscle. Today, however, policy makers are recognizing that merely being a “superpower” – whatever that means now – does not ensure security or prosperity in a globalized society. Toward a New Public Diplomacy explains public diplomacy and makes the case for why it will be the crucial element in the much-needed reinvention of American foreign policy.
?The Independence of Scotland: Self-Government and the Shifting Politics of Union by Michael Keating
English | Nov. 23, 2009 | ISBN: 0199545952 | 225 Pages | PDF | 1 MB
After three hundred years, the Anglo-Scottish Union is in serious difficulty. This is not because of a profound cultural divide between England and Scotland but because recent decades have seen the rebuilding of Scotland as a political community while the ideology and practices of the old unionism have atrophied. Yet while Britishness is in decline, it has not been replaced by a dominant ideology of Scottish independence. Rather Scots are looking to renegotiate union to find a new place in the Isles, in Europe, and in the world.
There are few legal, constitutional or political obstacles to Scottish independence, but an independent Scotland would need to forge a new social and economic project as a small nation in the global market-place, and there has been little serious thinking about the implications of this. Short of independence, there is a range of constitutional options for renegotiating the Union to allow more Scottish self-government on the lines that public opinion seems to favor. The limits are posed not by constitutional principles but by the unwillingness of English opinion to abandon their unitary conception of the state. The end of the United Kingdom may be provoked, not by Scottish nationalism, but by English unionism.
?The Party Period and Public Policy: American Politics from the Age of Jackson to the Progressive Era by Richard L. McCormick
English | Dec. 15, 1988 | ISBN: 0195047842 | 384 Pages | PDF | 19 MB
These boldly argued essays describe and analyze key developments in American politics and government in an era when political parties commanded mass loyalties and wielded unprecedented power over government affairs. McCormick follows the major parties from their emergence in the 1820s and 1830s to their transformation almost a century later, discussing the nature of governance, clarifying economic policies of promotion, distribution, and (later) regulation that characterized government functions at every level, and sorting out the complex relationships between politics and policy during the “party period.”
?Perilous Options: Special Operations as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy by Lucien S. Vandenbroucke
English | Oct. 28, 1993 | ISBN: 0195045912 | 270 Pages | PDF | 16 MB
In the past three decades, the United States government has used special operations repeatedly in an effort to achieve key foreign policy objectives, such as in the overthrow of Fidel Castro in Cuba and the rescuing of American hostages in Iran. Many of these secret missions carried out by highly trained commando forces have failed. In Perilous Options, Lucien Vandenbroucke examines the use and misuse of such special operations through an in-depth analysis of four operations–the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Sontay raid to rescue POWs in North Vietnam, the Mayaguez operation, and the Iran hostage rescue mission.
Drawing extensively on declassified government documents, interviews with key decision makers and participants in these episodes, and other primary material, Perilous Options identifies recurrent problems in the way the United States government has prepared and executed such operations. These recurrent problems, outlined by key participants in these four special operations, include faulty intelligence, poor interagency and interservice cooperation and coordination, inadequate information and advice provided to decisionmakers, wishful thinking on the part of decisionmakers, and overcontrol of mission execution from outside the theater of operations. Vandenbroucke also explores the extent to which recent efforts to revitalize the U.S. operations capability have addressed these problems, identifying additional changes that can improve the government’s ability to plan, evaluate, and execute such operations.
?Power Politics and the Indonesian Military by Damien Kingsbury
English | July 18, 2003 | ISBN: 041529729X | 299 Pages | PDF | 2 MB
Throughout the postwar history of Indonesia, the military have played a key role in the politics of the country and in imposing unity on a fragmentary state. The collapse of the authoritarian New Order government of President Suharto weakened the state and the armed forces briefly lost their grip on control of the archipelago. However, under President Megawati, the military has again begun to assert itself, and re-impose its heavy hand on control of the state, most notably in the fracturing outer provinces. Based on extensive original research, this book examines the role of the military in Indonesian politics. It looks at the role of the military historically, examines the different ways it is involved in politics, and considers how the role of the military might develop in what is still an uncertain future.