External Actors and Public goods Provision in Failing States – Special Issue in Governance

Stephen Krasner and Thomas Risse edit a special issue in the latest issue of Governance where they look at the capacity and efficacy of external international actors in providing vital public services in areas of limited statehood and why some are more successful than others. All the countries covered experience deficits in terms of statehood, … Continue reading

What I’m Reading

Ian Hall – The Engagement of India: explores the strategies that major states have employed to engage and shape the relationship with a rising and newly vibrant India and their successes and failures in the effort and how India has largely responsed. Itty Abraham – How India Became Territorial?: Situated within critical IR theory, the book … Continue reading

Networks of Rebellion – Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse: Paul Staniland

The last three decades have seen a plethora of insurgent groups vying to topple sovereign authorities and regain control over contested territories. From Iraq and Afghanistan to Southeast and South Asia, insurgencies are unfolding with troubling regularity. South Asia has become a particularly fertile terrain for this kind of political activism. Despite the litany of … Continue reading

Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era – Vipin Narang

Do regional nuclear powers have nuclear strategies that are similar to the superpowers? Vipin Narang’s new book on nuclear strategy explores this question by surveying the postures, doctrines and command and control procedures of six regional nuclear powers – India, China, Pakistan, Israel, France and South Africa. Part I of this book covers the nuclear experiences and … Continue reading