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Adelphi series

The Adelphi series is The International Institute for Strategic Studies' flagship contribution to policy-relevant, original academic research.

Eight books are published each year. They provide rigorous analysis of contemporary strategic and defence topics that is useful to politicians and diplomats, as well as academic researchers, foreign-affairs analysts, defence commentators and journalists.

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  1. No Exit

    North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, and International Security

    By Jonathan D. Pollack

    Series: Adelphi series

    This book chronicles the political-military development of the Korean Peninsula since 1945, with particular attention to North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear technology and nuclear weapons, and how it has shaped Northeast Asian security and non-proliferation policy and influenced the strategic choices...

    Published May 16th 2011 by Routledge

  2. Trapped Giant

    China's Troubled Military Rise

    By Jonathan Holslag

    Series: Adelphi series

    Emboldened by economic strength and growing military power, China is emerging as a challenger to US dominance in the Pacific. But its promised peaceful rise has done little to convince regional powers that it will not use force to press longstanding territorial claims or attempt sea-denial...

    Published December 22nd 2010 by Routledge

  3. Europe and Global Security

    By Bastian Giegerich

    Series: Adelphi series

    In the twenty-first century, the European Union is confronted by myriad security problems that demand concerted action and cooperation. As a negotiating power, it seeks to persuade Iran to forswear a nuclear weapons programme. As a crisis manager it seeks to contribute to global peace and stability...

    Published November 23rd 2010 by Routledge

  4. Ending Wars, Consolidating Peace

    Economic Perspectives

    By Mats Berdal, Achim Wennmann

    Series: Adelphi series

    The transition from war to peace is fraught with tension and the risk of a return to bloodshed. With so much at stake, it is crucial that the international community and local stakeholders make sense of the complex mosaic of challenges, to support a lasting, inclusive and prosperous peace. Recent...

    Published August 31st 2010 by Routledge

  5. Sanctions as Grand Strategy

    By Brendan Taylor

    Series: Adelphi series

    Economic sanctions are becoming increasingly central to shaping strategic outcomes in the twenty-first century. They afford great powers a means by which to seek to influence the behaviour of states, to demonstrate international leadership and to express common values for the benefit of the...

    Published May 5th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Towards Nuclear Zero

    By Raimo Väyrynen, David Cortright

    Series: Adelphi series

    Rarely in the atomic age have hopes been raised as high as they are now for genuine progress toward disarmament. The new receptivity reflected in the policy declarations of many governments was sparked by a wave of private initiatives led by former senior policy leaders in many countries. This...

    Published April 27th 2010 by Routledge

  7. Climate Conflict

    How Global Warming Threatens Security and What to Do about It

    By Jeffrey Mazo

    Series: Adelphi series

    Climate change has been a key factor in the rise and fall of societies and states from prehistory to the recent fighting in the Sudanese state of Darfur. It drives instability, conflict and collapse, but also expansion and reorganisation. The ways cultures have met the climate challenge provide...

    Published March 21st 2010 by Routledge

  8. Building Asia’s Security

    By Nick Bisley

    Series: Adelphi series

    This book provides a systematic analysis of the current state and future trajectory of security cooperation in the world’s most economically dynamic and strategically uncertain region. It explains the rapid rise of a complex array of security mechanisms in Asia and argues that their limited...

    Published January 6th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Building Peace After War

    By Mats Berdal

    Series: Adelphi series

    The widespread practice of intervention by outside actors aimed at building ‘sustainable peace’ within societies ravaged by war has been a striking feature of the post-Cold War era. But, at a time when more peacekeepers are deployed around the world than at any other point in history, is the...

    Published October 7th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Transforming Pakistan

    Ways Out of Instability

    By Hilary Synnott

    Series: Adelphi series

    This book argues that any strategy for dealing with Pakistan requires an understanding of the country’s complex and turbulent history and of the weaknesses of its political and other institutions. It describes how, in the absence of an inherent national identity, successive military and civilian...

    Published August 16th 2009 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Power Shifts and New Blocs in the Global Trading System
    By Sanjaya Baru
    To Be Published March 10th 2015
  2. Asia’s Power Dynamics: Military Change and its Geopolitical Effects
    By Desmond Ball, Raja C. Mohan, Tim Huxley, Adam Ward
    To Be Published July 31st 2015

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