"Hot Off The Presses"
Pollution, and Development By Kelly Sims Gallagher The MIT Press Chinese production of automobiles rose from 42,000 cars per year in 1990 to 2.3 million in 2004; the number of passenger vehicles on the road doubled every two and a half years through the 1990s and continues to grow. In China Shifts Gears, Kelly Sims Gallagher identifies an unprecedented opportunity for China to "shift gears" and avoid the usual problems associated with the automobile industry- including urban air pollution caused by tailpipe emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, and high dependence on oil imports-while spurring economic development.
Can foreign investment be an effective vehicle for transfer of clean technology?
". . . Gallagher addresses the extremely important question of whether foreign direct investment can be an effective vehicle for the transfer of clean technology, in particular in the automotive sector. The question has enormous implications not only for China (air pollution, cancer rates) but for the world (oil prices, climate change).The importance of this book is therefore very great."
-Judith Shapiro, School of International Service,
American University, author of Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary ChinaGender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq: A Feminist Reformulation of Just War Theory
By Laura Sjoberg
Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, forthcoming July 2006
Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq offers a feminist critique and reconstruction of just war theory. It points out gender biases in the just war tradition and suggests alternative jus ad bellum and jus in bello standards that emphasize women, political marginality, andempathy. Laura Sjoberg applies this feminist just war theory to analyze the wars in Iraq since the end of the Cold War-the First Gulf War, the war of sanctions, and the Second Gulf War. . . . Sjoberg suggests that dialogue and empathy replace righteousness in just war thinking for the good of human safety everywhere and concludes with alternative visions of Gulf War policies, inspired by feminist just war theory.
"A new and distinctive feminist voice on war! Sjoberg grabs hold of the trickiest issues of justice and war making, as well as war avoiding, and shakes everything up. . . .This rigorous and reflective study will be a benchmark work for years to come."
-Christine Sylvester, Lancaster University
Uncertainty Underground:Yucca Mountain and the Nation's High-Level Nuclear Waste
Edited by Allison M. Macfarlane and Rodney C. King
The MIT Press
Uncertainty Underground is the first effort to review the uncertainties in the analysis of the long-term performance of the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain. The book does not pass judgment on the suitability of the site but provides reliable science-based information to support open debate and inquiry into its safety.
Uncertainty Underground is the first effort to review uncertainties in performance at Yucca Mountain. "The energy honeymoon is rapidly ending as hydrogen-rich fossil fuels are depleted and combustiondriven global climate impacts accelerate. The path to major successor sources offers few attractive options, which is why nuclear waste issuesmust be resolved. Uncertainty Underground offers comprehensive, authoritative, and understandable essays on this critical issue. . . ."
-John H. Gibbons, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology (1993-1998)
The Unfinished Peace after World War I: America, Britain and the Stabilisation of Europe, 1919-1932
By Patrick O. Cohrs
Cambridge University Press
This is a highly original and revisionist analysis of British and American efforts to forge a stable Euro-Atlantic peace order between 1919 and the rise of Hitler. Patrick Cohrs argues that this order was not founded at Versailles but rather through the first "real" peace settlements after World War I-the London reparations settlement of 1924 and the Locarno security pact of 1925. Crucially, both fostered Germany's integration into a fledgling transatlantic peace system, thus laying the only realistic foundations for European stability. What proved decisive was that key decision-makers drew lessons from the "Great War" and Versailles' shortcomings. Yet Cohrs also re-appraises why they could not sustain the new order, master its gravest crisis-the Great Depression- and prevent Nazism's onslaught.
". . . . Based on massive archival scholarship and elegantly written, his study focuses on American and British roles and asks why a stable European security system could not be consolidated between the Versailles Treaty and the advent of Hitler. . . ."
-Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University
Publication UpdateNuclear Terrorism:The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, by Belfer Center Director Graham Allison, is now available in the United Kingdom and in Japan.The United Kingdom edition is published by Constable & Robinson, the Japanese edition by Nikkei.
In his afterword to the Japanese edition of Nuclear Terrorism, Allison writes, "As the Japanese have immortalized poignantly in stone at the Peace Memorial Museum of Hiroshima,‘To remember Hiroshima is to abhor nuclear war.'" In April, Allison traveled to Japan where he took part in the Trilateral Commission meetings and discussed his book.
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