Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 6)

In chapter 6, “Resourcing Partners and Allies,” of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Rebecca Patterson gives an overview of how the United Nations plans, budgets, and implements peace operations around the world. Patterson specifically focuses on the role the US government plays in the formulation of peace operations’ mandates and the...

Book Excerpt: “Staging for the Emperors” by Liana Chen

Much scholarly attention has been devoted to understanding the dynamics between the Qing court theatre and the burgeoning popular theatrical traditions outside the court. However, the insights drawn from recent studies have only begun to be applied to the analysis of dramas commissioned by the Qing court for various ceremonial occasions. Treating Qing dynasty court theatre as a unique site...

Forthcoming: “Chinese Poetry as Soul Summoning” by Nicholas Morrow Williams

With “Chinese Poetry as Soul Summoning,” Nicholas Morrow Williams has written a “masterful study of the Elegies of Chu (Chuci)” that looks at the soul of the soul (hun) and the soul-summoning ritual in Chinese literature from ancient times up to the twentieth century. Robert Egan of Stanford University writes: “This is a masterful study of the Elegies of Chu (Chuci), particularly...

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 5)

In chapter 5, “Resourcing US Diplomatic Priorities,” of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Geoffrey Odlum examines the foreign policy and foreign assistance planning process and the separate processes for requesting and appropriating resources. Odlum looks at five obstacles to integrating policy and resource planning within Congress, in the Executive Branch “interagency”...

Forthcoming: “Subcontinent Adrift” by Feroz Hassan Khan

With Subcontinent Adrift, Feroz Hassan Khan has written a “must read on the continuing simmering security dangers in South Asia and their impact on the rest of the world.” While several books have looked at the security challenges faced by India and Pakistan in isolation as well as the strategies they have each adopted in response, Subcontinent Adrift places the...

Book Excerpt: “Taking China to the World” by Theodore Huters

The following is an excerpt from Taking China to the World: The Cultural Production of Modernity by Theodore Huters: In The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels characterized communism as a specter haunting late-nineteenth-century Europe, one whose leaders tried desperately to exorcise. For the past century of Chinese history, following the the pivotal cultural reform movement named after the...

Book Excerpt from “Resourcing the National Security Enterprise” (Chapter 4)

In chapter 4, “The Role of Congress in Resourcing National Security,” of Resourcing the National Security Enterprise: Connecting the Ends and Means of US National Security, Jason Galui examines how the United States develops policy choices from the perspective of the National Security Council. He explains that US leaders need to present options to the president that have a higher...

Book Excerpt: “Terrence McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama”

For the past fifty years, Terrence McNally has been one of America’s major dramatists and the most prolific playwright about gay life in New York City. Terrence McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama is the first book-length study to the broad, distinguished history of gay theatre in America during his career. In this book, McNally’s work is seen...

Book Excerpt: “Sensing the Sinophone” by Astrid Møller-Olsen

Since the 1990s, extensive urbanization in East Asian has created a situation where more people identify themselves as citizens of the city they live in rather than their ancestral village or nation. At the same time, however, this new urban identity has been under attack from the constant threat of urban restructuring. Such rapidly changing cityscapes form environments of urban...

Forthcoming: “Calling for a New Renaissance” by Gao Xingjian

With “Calling for a New Renaissance,” the Nobel Laureate explores his primary aesthetic concerns of the past decade. He criticizes the influence of ideology on art and literature and calls for a new Renaissance that would generate truly innovative creations. Unprecedented in this book is Gao’s insight into how, despite being educated in the People’s Republic of China, he succeeded...

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