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Crises in World Politics Book Series

The “Cambridge Studies in International Crises”, an initiative of the Centre of International Studies and Hurst Publishers addresses issues of contemporary concern in world politics. From 2012, the Centre for International Studies is entering into partnership with the Centre for Rising Powers in the publication of the series, whose mandate will now expand to include theoretical and historical works on power transitions.

The series draws on the distinctive interdisciplinary approach to world politics found at the CIS and also a hallmark of research at CRP. The editors welcome contributions from international relations scholars, but they also wish to widen the debate about world politics by encouraging historians, economists, strategists, political scientists, geographers, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians and others to publish with us. Multi-disciplinary research (namely that which is not reducible to any one discipline) and collaborations between different disciplines are also welcomed.

The series is open to both thematic analyses of world politics as well as to empirical studies of particular questions and issues. The notion of 'crisis' that defines the series is deliberately broad, and includes research that addresses a 'twenty-years' crisis' as well as that which focuses on a more delimited crisis, e.g. missiles in Cuba. Thus the editors welcome analyses of both 'structural crises', such as disparities in wealth between North and South or the changing balance of power from the EU and the US to the BRICs, as well as short-term crises requiring immediate action in the areas of international and regional security, financial crises, and crises in multilateral institutions.

In addition to work by scholars, the series editors welcome contributions from practitioners and those with direct experience of world politics-be they politicians, diplomats, businessmen, journalists, NGO officials, the military, or others-to develop and publish their thoughts. It is in part for this reason that the series will consist of two 'tracks'.

The first is the publication of short interventions (c. 40,000 to 60,000 words) that seek to intervene directly in current debates. The second is for major thematic and empirical studies in world politics (c. 80,000 to 120,000 words).

All books in the series are co-published simultaneously in North America with major university presses. Co-publishers for books recently published in the series include Columbia, Cornell, Chicago, and Princeton.

If you are interested in writing for the series, please contact the series editor, .

Some books from the Series 


The Ambiguous Genocide

Gérard Prunier

Utopia or Auschwitz

Germany's 1968 Generation and the Holocaust

By Hans Kundnani

The Terrorist in Search of Humanity

Militant Islam and Global Politics

By Faisal Devji

New Powers

How to become one and how to manage them

By Amrita Narlikar

Creating Africas

Struggles over nature, conservation and land

By Knut G. Nustad

Talking to Terrorists

Making peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque Country

Edited by John Bew and Martyn Frampton and Iñigo Gurruchaga

Independent Diplomat

Despatches from an Unaccountable Elite

By Carne Ross


Revolt on the Tigris

The Sadr Uprising and Governing Iraq

By Mark Etherington


War From the Ground Up

Twenty-First-Century Combat as Politics

Emile Simpson


Landscapes of the Jihad

Militancy, Morality, Modernity

Faisal Devji


Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq

Ahmed S. Hashim


Iraq in Fragments

The Occupation and its Legacy

Eric Herring and Glen Rangwala


Rescuing Afghanistan

William Maley


Songs and Secrets

South Africa from Liberation to Governance

Barry Gilder