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Author: Mehak Majeed

Key messages Women in the region of Jammu and Kashmir have been suffering directly and indirectly due to the persistence of low intensity conflict. Over time however there has been a growing degree of resilience reflected by women in Jammu and Kashmir towards facing fragility and uncertainty. Women in Kashmir Empirical research and innumerable case studies and individual representations have proved that it is axiomatic that women have received inferior treatment compared to men and have been suffering because of this for centuries. Multitude of

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Critical Perspectives

With international human rights under challenge, this book represents a comprehensive critique that adds a social policy perspective to recent political and legalistic analysis.

Expert contributors draw on local and global examples to review constructs of universal rights and their impact on social policy and human welfare. With thorough analysis of their strengths, weaknesses and enforcement, it sets out their role in domestic and geopolitical affairs.

Including a forward by Albie Sachs, this book presents an honest appraisal of both the concepts of international human rights and their realities. It will engage those with an interest in social policy, ethics, politics, international relations, civil society organisations and human rights-based approaches to campaigning and policy development.

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The globalized era is characterized by a high degree of interconnectedness across borders and continents and this includes human migration. Migration flows have led to new governance challenges and, at times, populist political backlashes. A key driver of migration is environmental conflict and this is only likely to increase with the effects of climate change.

Bringing together world-leading researchers from across political science, environmental studies, economics and sociology, this urgent book uses a multifaceted theoretical and methodological approach to delve into core questions and concerns surrounding migration, climate change and conflict, providing invaluable insights into one of the most pressing global issues of our time.

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Lessons from Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia

What social factors contribute to the tragic state of health care in Africa?

Focusing on East African societies, this book is the first to investigate what role religion plays in health care in African cultures. Taking into account the geopolitical and economic environments of the region, the authors examine the roles played by individual and group beliefs, government policies, and pressure from the Millennium Development Goals in affecting health outcomes.

Informed by existing related studies, and on-the-ground interviews with individuals and organizations in Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia, this interdisciplinary book will form an invaluable resource for scholars seeking to better understand the links between society, multi-level state instruments, and health care in East Africa.

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Cross-National Perspectives

This volume brings together international experts to provide fresh perspectives on geopolitical concerns in the South China Sea.

The book considers the interests and security strategies of each of the nations with a claim to ownership and jurisdiction in the Sea. Examining contexts including the region’s natural resources and China’s behaviour, the book also assesses the motivations and approaches of other states in Asia and further afield.

This is an accessible, even-handed and comprehensive examination of current and future rivalries and challenges in one of the most strategically important and militarized maritime regions of the world.

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American Strategy and the Illusion of War on the Cheap
Author: Thomas Waldman

America has been at war for most of the 20th and 21st centuries and during that time has progressively moved towards a vicarious form of warfare, where key tasks are delegated to proxies, the military’s exposure to danger is limited, and special forces and covert instruments are on the increase. Important strategic decisions are taken with minimal scrutiny or public engagement.

This compelling account charts the historical emergence of this distinctive tradition of war and explains the factors driving its contemporary prominence. It contrasts the tactical advantages of vicarious warfare with its hidden costs and potential to cause significant strategic harm.

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Fieldwork Interrupted

This international, edited collection brings together personal accounts from researchers working in and on conflict and explores the roles of emotion, violence, uncertainty, identity and positionality within the process of doing research, as well as the complexity of methodological choices.

It highlights the researchers’ own subjectivity and presents a nuanced view of conflict research that goes beyond the ‘messiness’ inherent in the process of research in and on violence. It addresses the uncomfortable spaces of conflict research, the potential for violence of research itself and the need for deeper reflection on these issues.

This powerful book opens up spaces for new conversations about the realities of conflict research. These critical self-reflections and honest accounts provide important insights for any scholar or practitioner working in similar environments.

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Meeting Future Challenges with Past Lessons

With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) behind us, this book asks did they work? And what happens next? Arguing that to effectively look forward, we must first look back, the editors of this insightful book gather leading scholars and practitioners from a range of backgrounds and regions to provide an in-depth exploration of the MDG project and its impact.

Contributors use region-specific case studies to explore the effectiveness of the MDGs in addressing the root causes of poverty, including resource geographies, early childhood development and education, women’s rights and disability rights as well as the impact of the global financial crisis and Arab Spring on MDG attainment.

Providing a critical assessment that seeks to inform future policy decisions, the book will be valuable to those working in the development community as well as to academics and students of international development, international relations and development economics.

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Author: Tobias Ide

and context-dependent, especially if pull and capability factors, as well as environmental peacemaking dynamics, are factored in. As renewable resource scarcity mainly affects local, low-intensity conflicts, the associated migration flows are likely to be intra-state and short in distance. Conclusion This chapter makes three core arguments. First, with the increasing degradation of the natural environment, renewable resources are getting scarcer, especially for poor and marginalized regions and groups. Second, such scarcity increases the risk of (especially

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Author: Thomas Waldman

, these conflicts seemed to appear out of nowhere. That they were often continuations of Cold War proxy wars or sparked precisely due to the collapse of long- standing structures was largely irrelevant to a public increasingly exposed to images of human suffering in faraway places. Calls for policymakers to ‘do something’ gathered momentum. Leaders at the Pentagon were generally opposed to involvement in low- intensity conflicts. After all, in 1991 the military had just demonstrated its prowess in high-end conventional war, thinking that all wars would have that

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