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Recent Faculty Publications


April 14, 2014

A number of faculty have published books in recent weeks. Below is a list of the publications.

Confronting Memories of World War II: European and Asian Legacies edited by Daniel Chirot, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Gi-Wook Shin and Daniel Sneider

Confronting Memories coverIn both Europe and Asia, common questions of criminality, guilt, and collaboration have intersected with history and politics on the local level to shape the way that wartime experience has been memorialized, reinterpreted, and used. By directly comparing European and Asian legacies, Confronting Memories of World War II provides unique insight into the way that World War II continues to influence contemporary attitudes and politics on a global scale. The collection brings together experts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives to explore the often-overlooked commonalities between European and Asian handling of memories and reflections about guilt. These commonalities suggest new understandings of the war's legacy and the continuing impact of historical trauma.

Book Talk April 27, 2014: Yom Hashoah Commemoration with Lecture by Prof. Dan Chirot >>

Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development by Sunila S. Kale, Assistant Professor

Electrifying India explores the political and historical puzzle of uneven development in India's vital electricity sector. In India, electrification was central to how early nationalists and planners conceptualized Indian development, and huge sums were spent on the project from then until now. Yet, sixty-five years after independence over 400 million residents of India are still without electricity. In some states, nearly all citizens have access to electricity, while in others fewer than half of households have reliable electricity. To help explain this variation, this book offers both a regional and a historical perspective on the politics of electrification of India.


Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East by Joel S. Migdal, Robert F. Philip Professor

Joel S. Migdal revisits the approach U.S. officials have adopted toward the Middle East since World War II, which paid scant attention to transformations in the region. Migdal shows how insufficient attention to key transformations led to a series of missteps and misconceptions in the twentieth century. With the Arab uprisings of 2009 through 2011 prompting another major shift, Migdal sees an opportunity for the United States to deploy a new, more workable strategy, and he concludes with a plan for gaining a stable foothold in the region.


86 Days in Greece: A Time of Crisis by Taso Lagos, Foreign Studies Director for Hellenic Studies

86 Days in Greece
is an insider's view into the social, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of the crisis in Greece. This book provides a unique, philosophical and impressionistic account of one of the most important moments in Europe today. Without the conventional structure of theoretical assumptions and academic rhetoric, this work brings the reader as close as one can come to the Greek people, their understandings, trials and obstacles to future reforms.


Strategic Water: Iraq and Security Planning in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin by Frederick Lorenz, senior JSIS lecturer, and Edward J. Erickson

Strategic Water takes a close look at the decline in freshwater availability and its impact on regional security, a serious problem that is often neglected. The authors make it clear that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating much faster than expected, and in a few years much of Iraq’s water supply will be undrinkable, largely due to high salinity levels. This book predicts a crisis, what that might look like, as well as solutions to be done in the short term to help avoid the worst-case scenario.