The New Cold War Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State

The New Cold War  Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State

This study paints a provocative picture of the new religious revolutionaries altering the political landscape of the Middle East, South and Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Author: Mark Juergensmeyer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520086517

Category: History

Page: 292

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"This is an indispensable book in helping us understand the new world disorder that seems to be overtaking us. Juergensmeyer points out that much of the world neither understands nor finds attractive the idea of a 'secular state.' He helps us see that religious nationalism is a fact of life that will be with us for a long time to come. Deconstructing any simple notion of 'fundamentalism,' he shows us how it is possible to live with religious nationalism constructively without demonizing it. That is a major achievement."—Robert Bellah, co-author of Habits of the Heart "This penetrating analysis of the relationship of religious movements to political developments demonstrates how new forms of nationalism, rooted in indigenous religious and cultural traditions, are challenging the western model of the secular state in the Middle East, South Asia, and Eastern Europe. Because there is, Juergensmeyer argues, no satisfactory compromise between the religious vision of the national state and that of liberal democracy, a new kind of cold war may develop, no less obstructive of a peaceful international order than the old. An important, and sobering, feature of Juergensmeyer's analysis is his constant awareness of the significance of 'the religious right' in the United States and other western democracies."—Ainslie T. Embree, Columbia University "This is an outstanding study of an increasingly important subject. I find Juergensmeyer's concept of religious nationalism more useful in explaining the new worldwide religious resurgence than most concepts currently in use. The book is gracefully written and should be read by anyone interested in world affairs."—Ehud Sprinzak, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Categories: History

China and the United States

China and the United States

This essay collection presents a new examination and fresh insight into Sino-American relations from the end of World War II to the 1960s.

Author: Xiaobing Li

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761809783

Category: Political Science

Page: 348

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This essay collection presents a new examination and fresh insight into Sino-American relations from the end of World War II to the 1960s. The compilation breaks new ground by exploring some of the untouched Chinese and Soviet Communist sources to document the major events and crises in East Asia. It also identifies a new pattern of confrontations between China and America during the Cold War. Based on extensive multi-archival research utilizing recently-released records, the authors move the study away from the usual Soviet-American rivalry and instead focus on the relatively unknown area of communists' interactions and conflicts in order to answer questions such as why Beijing sent troops to Korea, what role China played in the Vietnam War, and why Mao caused crises in the Taiwan Straits. The articles in the book examine Chinese perceptions and positions, and discuss the nature and goals of China's foreign policy and its impact on Sino-American relations during this crucial period.
Categories: Political Science

The New Cold War

The New Cold War

And once more, the Kremlin is battling the White House every step of the way. Mark MacKinnon spent these years working in Moscow, and his view of the story and access to those involved remains unparalleled.

Author: Mark Mackinnon

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 9780307369925

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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An intrepid investigation into the pro-democracy movements that have reshaped the Eastern bloc since 2000, reopening the Kremlin’s wounds from the Cold War. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union collapsed two years later, liberal democracy was supposed to fill the void left by Soviet communism. Poland and Czechoslovakia made the best of reforms, but the citizens of the “Evil Empire” itself saw little of the promised freedom, and more of the same old despots and corruption. Recently, a second wave of reforms–Serbia in 2000, Georgia in 2003 and Ukraine in 2004, as well as Kyrgyzstan’s regime change in 2005 – have proven almost as monumental as those in Berlin and Moscow. The people of the Eastern bloc, aided in no small part by Western money and advice, are again rising up and demanding an end to autocracy. And once more, the Kremlin is battling the White House every step of the way. Mark MacKinnon spent these years working in Moscow, and his view of the story and access to those involved remains unparalleled. With The New Cold War, he reveals the links between these democratic revolutions – and the idealistic American billionaire behind them–in a major investigation into the forces that are quietly reshaping the post- Soviet world. From the Hardcover edition.
Categories: Political Science

The New Cold War

The New Cold War

The book compares the old Cold War with the New Cold War in order to understand what will be different this time around. Will the New Cold War be similar to the last one with massive military build-ups on each side?

Author: Jack Green

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798694022644

Category:

Page: 214

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The old Cold War was the name given to the highly tense and antagonistic relationship between America and the Soviet Union. It was a cold war precisely because it did not lead to all out war between the two sides, despite their ideological differences. This book argues that we are now entering a New Cold War, but this time the highly fraught relationship is between China and America. Trading relations are at an all time low. A military build-up is already occurring on both sides and multiple attacks in cyber space are now a frequent occurrence. Even more concerning are the recent 'land grabs' in the South China Sea as China asserts control of many of the islands in the area, establishing huge military garrisons in this vast expanse of sea. The book compares the old Cold War with the New Cold War in order to understand what will be different this time around. Will the New Cold War be similar to the last one with massive military build-ups on each side? Will the world be divided once again by alliances on both sides? What are the risks of this New Cold War descending into a hot war? Although there have been many commentaries on this New Cold War, this is one of the first books to provide a detailed analysis of this new strategic landscape.
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A New Cold War

A New Cold War

This book examines the contention that current US-Russia relations have descended into a ‘New Cold War’.

Author: Nicholas Ross Smith

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783030206758

Category: Political Science

Page: 86

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This book examines the contention that current US-Russia relations have descended into a ‘New Cold War’. It examines four key dimensions of the original Cold War, the structural, the ideological, the psychological, and the technological, and argues that the current US-Russia relationship bears little resemblance to the Cold War. Presently, the international system is transitioning towards multipolarity, with Russia a declining power, while current ideological differences and threat perceptions are neither as rigid nor as bleak as they once were. Ultimately, when the four dimensions of analysis are weighed in unison, this work argues that the claim of a New Cold War is a hyperbolic assessment of US-Russia relations.
Categories: Political Science

Imperial Gamble

Imperial Gamble

Marvin Kalb, a former journalist and Harvard professor, traces how the Crimea of Catherine the Great became a global tinder box.

Author: Marvin Kalb

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815727446

Category: Political Science

Page: 230

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Marvin Kalb, a former journalist and Harvard professor, traces how the Crimea of Catherine the Great became a global tinder box. The world was stunned when Vladimir Putin invaded and seized Crimea in March 2014. In the weeks that followed, pro-Russian rebels staged uprisings in southeastern Ukraine. The United States and its Western allies immediately imposed strict sanctions on Russia and whenever possible tried to isolate it diplomatically. This sharp deterioration in East-West relations has raised basic questions about Putin's provocative policies and the future of Russia and Ukraine. Marvin Kalb, who wrote commentaries for Edward R. Murrow before becoming CBS News' Moscow bureau chief in the late 1950's, and who also served as a translator and junior press officer at the US Embassy in Moscow, argues that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Putin did not "suddenly" decide to invade Crimea. He had been waiting for the right moment ever since disgruntled Ukrainians rose in revolt against his pro-Russian regime in Kiev's Maidan Square. These demonstrations led Putin to conclude that Ukraine's opposition constituted an existential threat to Russia. Imperial Gamble examines how Putin reached that conclusion by taking a critical look at the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia. It also journeys deep into Russian and Ukrainian history to explain what keeps them together and yet at the same time drives them apart. Kalb believes that the post-cold war world hangs today on the resolution of the Ukraine crisis. So long as it is treated as a problem to be resolved by Russia, on the one side, and the United States and Europe, on the other, it will remain a danger zone with global consequences. The only sensible solution lies in both Russia and Ukraine recognizing that their futures are irrevocably linked by geography, power, politics, and the history that Kalb brings to life in Imperial Gamble.
Categories: Political Science

A new Cold War

A  new Cold War

A 'new Cold War' narrative, increasingly popular, interprets this competition as a resumption of the Cold War.

Author: Andrew Monaghan

Publisher:

ISBN: 1784130591

Category: Europe

Page: 14

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The war in Ukraine suggests a new era of competition between the West and Russia. It has (again) revealed both fundamental differences in how European security is understood, and increasing friction in values. Together, these problems suggest an emergent 'clash of Europes' that pits the West's relatively liberal vision for the region against a more conservative 'Russian Europe'. A 'new Cold War' narrative, increasingly popular, interprets this competition as a resumption of the Cold War. Many Western political figures and observers have asserted that Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, is trying to turn back the clock, even to rebuild the USSR, and therefore that the experience of the Cold War could offer useful lessons for politicians today. The 'new Cold War' debate traps Western thinking about Russia in the 20th century. It reflects, and encourages, a dangerous tendency on the part of politicians and military strategists to prepare for past wars. It also offers a misleading sense of familiarity and predictability about Russia that does not take into account either the different international situation today or Russian adaptability to changing geopolitics.
Categories: Europe

Towards a New Cold War

Towards a New Cold War

Examines United States foreign policy from the Vietnam era to the Reagan years, including discussions on policy decisions in Indochina, the Middle East, Central America, East Timor, and with the Soviet Union.

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher:

ISBN: 1565848594

Category: Political Science

Page: 539

View: 253

Examines United States foreign policy from the Vietnam era to the Reagan years, including discussions on policy decisions in Indochina, the Middle East, Central America, East Timor, and with the Soviet Union.
Categories: Political Science

Soviet American Relations a New Cold War

Soviet American Relations  a New Cold War

The conduct of relations with the Soviet Union has been the natural focal point for American foreign policy since World War II. In the formulation of that policy, two major questions have bedeviled policy-makers: What are Soviet intentions?

Author: William George Hyland

Publisher: RAND Corporation

ISBN: IND:39000001931828

Category: Soviet Union

Page: 73

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This report is an interpretive account of Soviet-American relations over the past few decades, with emphasis on the 1970s. The author reconstructs the different periods and issues in the evolution of U.S.-Soviet relations based on his personal experience and views, drawing in part on his participation in some of the events since 1969. The author surveys Soviet-American relations in retrospect. Then the period of detente is examined. A discussion of Soviet foreign policy and defense strategy in transition includes sections on the new balance of power with the United States, the China factor, and the more aggressive Soviet course from Angola to Afghanistan. The Soviet-American position on SALT and the SALT process is reassessed. Finally, the outlook and prospects for Soviet-American relations is assessed, and the real meaning and significance of the current Polish crisis is given.
Categories: Soviet Union

Reagan and the World

Reagan and the World

Analyzes the aims and goals of the Reagan administration's foreign policy, looks at arms control and nuclear proliferation, and discusses U.S. intervention in South America

Author: Jeff McMahan

Publisher:

ISBN: UTEXAS:059173017837312

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 682

Analyzes the aims and goals of the Reagan administration's foreign policy, looks at arms control and nuclear proliferation, and discusses U.S. intervention in South America
Categories: History

The Great Nightfall

The Great Nightfall

Former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf II analyzes the threats and challenges to America from a rising China and other adversaries and shows us how we must face them.

Author: J. William Middendorf, 2nd

Publisher:

ISBN: 0917012119

Category:

Page:

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The greatest threat to U.S. military strength is the misconception that America can no longer afford military superiority. The military strength we need will not come cheaply, but the costs of weakness and complacency are far greater. Former Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf II analyzes the threats and challenges to America from a rising China and other adversaries and shows us how we must face them.
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El Salvador

El Salvador

A collection of essays on El Salvador discusses the rise of militant labor, terrorism, and human rights issues; and the prospects for peace

Author: Marvin E. Gettleman

Publisher:

ISBN: 0394623452

Category: Communism

Page: 450

View: 688

A collection of essays on El Salvador discusses the rise of militant labor, terrorism, and human rights issues; and the prospects for peace
Categories: Communism

The New Cold War

The New Cold War

The New Cold War is an extended (18,000 word) essay examining the effects and consequences that increased military competition and preparedness would have on US-Soviet relations from 1979-1988.When President Reagan entered office in 1981 he ...

Author: M J Poynter

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 1072285568

Category:

Page: 96

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The New Cold War is an extended (18,000 word) essay examining the effects and consequences that increased military competition and preparedness would have on US-Soviet relations from 1979-1988.When President Reagan entered office in 1981 he set out an ambitious military programme designed to "roll-back" the Soviet Union and re-establish the U.S. as a world leading superpower. Reagan's foreign policy was set on a strongly held ideological belief of renewed antagonism with the USSR characteristic to that of 1950's anti-communism. In maintaining that the Russians were intent on achieving world domination by any means possible, Reagan described the Soviet Union as being "the focus of evil in the modern world".The Reagan administration's anti-Soviet rhetoric combined with its reckless talk of limited nuclear war signified a shift in U.S. policy from maintaining a nuclear deterrent to preparing for a nuclear conflict. In residing over the largest peacetime re-armament programme in U.S. history, Reagan's military build-up would include a new generation of strategic weapons. With intense military competition and fears of a first-strike, the New Cold War was characterised by an increased emphasis on the likelihood of war and the need for preparation against a possible Soviet attack.
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The Russia China Axis

The Russia China Axis

In The Russia-China Axis, Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan systematically chronicle the growing threat from the Russian-Chinese Axis, and they argue that only a rebirth of American global leadership can counter the corrosive impact of ...

Author: Douglas E. Schoen

Publisher: Encounter Books

ISBN: 9781594037573

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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The United States is a nation in crisis. While Washington’s ability to address our most pressing challenges has been rendered nearly impotent by ongoing partisan warfare, we face an array of foreign-policy crises for which we seem increasingly unprepared. Among these, none is more formidable than the unprecedented partnership developing between Russia and China, suspicious neighbors for centuries and fellow Communist antagonists during the Cold War. The two longtime foes have drawn increasingly close together because of a confluence of geostrategic, political, and economic interests—all of which have a common theme of diminishing, subverting, or displacing American power. While America’s influence around the world recedes—in its military and diplomatic power, in its political leverage, in its economic might, and, perhaps most dangerously, in the power and appeal of its ideas—Russia and China have seen their influence increase. From their support for rogue regimes such as those in Iran, North Korea, and Syria to their military and nuclear buildups to their aggressive use of cyber warfare and intelligence theft, Moscow and Beijing are playing the game for keeps. Meanwhile America, pledged to “leading from behind,” no longer does much leading at all. In The Russia-China Axis, Douglas E. Schoen and Melik Kaylan systematically chronicle the growing threat from the Russian-Chinese Axis, and they argue that only a rebirth of American global leadership can counter the corrosive impact of this antidemocratic alliance, which may soon threaten the peace and security of the world.
Categories: Political Science

Defeating Political Islam

Defeating Political Islam

Author: Moorthy/S Muthuswamy

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 9781615921386

Category: Social Science

Page: 287

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It is great luck to come across a book like Moorthy S. Muthuswamy''s Defeating Political Islam. It contains all the answers to the questions looming over our widening and deepening presence in ''AfPak'' and more.... Mr. Muthuswamy''s must-read chapter about India''s debilitating fight against political Islam makes a compelling case for the United States to elevate India''s role in fighting global jihad.... It all makes perfect sense; in some ways, it''s even obvious.... Which isn''t to say that [it] won''t come as eye-popping revelation to its readers. I only hope they won''t take the book''s urgent message to heart too late.-WASHINGTON TIMESHere is a thorough and provocative discussion of the threat of the global jihad and Islamic supremacism in all its dimensions. Moorthy Muthuswamy deserves our gratitude for presenting a solidly argued exposition of what must be done in order to fight, and win, this conflict on ideological and political grounds, defending human rights and religious freedom from the threat posed to them by the jihadists. We can only hope that our political leaders and those of all the nations that are threatened by the jihad will heed his wise counsel before it is too late.-Robert Spencer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About MuhammadIn his book Defeating Political Islam: The New Cold War Moorthy Muthuswamy gives an excellent analysis of the threat the Islamic ideology poses to the West....With this book, Muthuswamy not only identifies and analyzes the problem civilized democracies face with Islam, but he also aims to give possible ways to deal with it as well. This book is a must-read for everyone and an eye-opener for those who are not yet aware of the threat Islam poses to our Western civilization.-Geert Wilders, member of the Dutch Parliament; Political leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV); Internationally known for his outspoken views on Islam and the making of his short film FitnaMuthuswamy''s lucid analysis identifies the axis of global jihadism - Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan. His succinct discussion further elaborates a practical geopolitical strategy to thwart their odious political Islamic agenda. This thoughtful and frank book should be read by all concerned with preservation of free democratic societies threatened by a resurgent onslaught of totalitarian jihad.-Andrew G. Bostom, editor of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History and The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-MuslimsAl Qaeda and its sympathizers are often viewed as isolated fanatics outside of the mainstream Muslim population-outlaws not only in the West but also in respectable Muslim nations. This book argues just the opposite: that in fact terrorism is the logical outgrowth of an international Islamic political agenda that is endorsed and funded by Islam''s major players-Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan. Author Moorthy S. Muthuswamy labels these nations the Axis of Jihad. For decades, he says, they have been devoted to extending their spheres of influence in the name of religion.Utilizing a recent groundbreaking statistical analysis of Islamic doctrines and an analysis based upon the outlook of Muslims, he discusses the possibility that Islam is less a religion and more an ideology of conquest.Muthuswamy urges US policymakers to rethink the War on Terror along the lines of the successfully waged Cold War against communism. The nuclear physicist-author makes the following main point:Like the Cold War, this war is more a contest of ideas than armed conflict. Rather than placing the emphasis on military might and costly wars abroad, the West should invest the bulk of its effort in a science-based ideological war, one that is directed at discrediting the simplistic, conquest-oriented theological roots of Islamist indoctrination and jihadist politics.Muthuswamy also emphasizes the importance of a largely non-Musli
Categories: Social Science

Is There a New Cold War

Is There a New Cold War

Provides essays that cover varying opinions on the possibility of another Cold War, discussing the likelihood of such an event, what might trigger it, and which countries might be involved.

Author: Stefan Kiesbye

Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC

ISBN: PSU:000067173112

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 138

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Provides essays that cover varying opinions on the possibility of another Cold War, discussing the likelihood of such an event, what might trigger it, and which countries might be involved.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction

The US Vs China

The US Vs China

An accessible survey of Sino-American relations in Asia, which analyses the complex interactions between the two powers and asks whether conflict is inevitable.

Author: Jude Woodward

Publisher:

ISBN: 1526121999

Category: China

Page: 284

View: 186

An accessible survey of Sino-American relations in Asia, which analyses the complex interactions between the two powers and asks whether conflict is inevitable.
Categories: China

Russia

Russia

The book provides a survey of all the major political and social issues facing Russia today. There is no comparable collection of essays by insiders in print. This is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in the largest country on earth.

Author: Michel Korinman

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131798386

Category: History

Page: 396

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When Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000, George Bush said he was a man he could trust. Since then, relations between Russia and the West have gone from bad to worse. The EU and Russia have been unable to agree on the terms of their partnership; NATO expansion continues apace, threatening to include countries like Ukraine and Georgia; the United Kingdom harbours, as political refugees, men who call for the violent overthrow of the Russian government; and the United States is determined to build an anti-missile shield which, Moscow fears, would render feasible a 'first strike' against Russia. How do Russians see these developments and the other developments inside their fascinating country? This book contains articles by some fifty commentators and decision-makers, the overwhelming majority Russians, on issues as diverse as immigration, demography, the economy, gas and oil pipelines, foreign policy, public opinion, and international relations. The book provides a survey of all the major political and social issues facing Russia today. There is no comparable collection of essays by insiders in print. This is an invaluable tool for anyone interested in the largest country on earth.
Categories: History

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives

Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives

This is revisionist history at its best, compelling readers to rethink fateful events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and the possibilities ahead.

Author: Stephen F. Cohen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231520423

Category: Political Science

Page: 328

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In this wide-ranging and acclaimed book, Stephen F. Cohen challenges conventional wisdom about the course of Soviet and post-Soviet history. Reexamining leaders from Nikolai Bukharin, Stalin's preeminent opponent, and Nikita Khrushchev to Mikhail Gorbachev and his rival Yegor Ligachev, Cohen shows that their defeated policies were viable alternatives and that their tragic personal fates shaped the Soviet Union and Russia today. Cohen's ramifying arguments include that Stalinism was not the predetermined outcome of the Communist Revolution; that the Soviet Union was reformable and its breakup avoidable; and that the opportunity for a real post-Cold War relationship with Russia was squandered in Washington, not in Moscow. This is revisionist history at its best, compelling readers to rethink fateful events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and the possibilities ahead. In his new epilogue, Cohen expands his analysis of U.S. policy toward post-Soviet Russia, tracing its development in the Clinton and Obama administrations and pointing to its initiation of a "new Cold War" that, he implies, has led to a fateful confrontation over Ukraine.
Categories: Political Science

The New Cold War

The New Cold War

The first book to explain how the Kremlin's increasingly authoritarian and aggressive stance threatens Europe, America and the world.

Author: Edward Lucas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing UK

ISBN: 0747596360

Category: Political Science

Page: 350

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The first book to explain how the Kremlin's increasingly authoritarian and aggressive stance threatens Europe, America and the world.
Categories: Political Science