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TitleAuthorCopyright YearPublisherName
Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear AgeJames L. Nolan, Jr.2020Belknap Press
Biosecurity Dilemmas: Dreaded Diseases, Ethical Responses, and the Health of NationsChristian Enemark2017Georgetown University Press
Charting China's Future: Domestic and International ChallengesDavid Shambaugh, ed.2011Routledge
China's Maritime Gray Zone OperationsAndrew S. Erickson and Ryan D. Martinson, eds.2019Naval Institute Press
Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to AmericansMichael A. Cohen and Micah Zenko2019Yale University Press
Incitement: Anwar Al-Awlaki's Western JihadAlexander Meleagrou-Hitchens2020Harvard University Press
International Negotiation in a Complex World, 4th ed.Brigid Starkey, Mark A. Boyer, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld2015Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Is Islam an Enemy of the West?Tamara Sonn2016Polity Books
North Korea and Security Cooperation in Northeast AsiaTae-Hwan Kwak and Seung-Ho Joo, eds.2014Ashgate
North Korea: Warring with the WorldPaul Moorcraft2020Pen & Sword
Oil, 2nd ed.Gavin Bridge and Philippe Le Billon2017Polity Books
Outsourcing War to Machines: The Military Robotics RevolutionPaul J. Springer2018Praeger
Peace AgreementsNina Caspersen2017Polity Books
Political Conflict and Exclusion in Jerusalem: The Provision of Education and Social ServicesRawan Asali Nuseibeh2016Routledge
Power after Carbon: Building a Clean, Resilient GridPeter Fox-Penner2020Harvard University Press
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