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Crises in World Politics Book Series

 The "Cambridge Studies in International Crises", an initiative of the Centre of International Studies-CIS and Hurst Publishers addresses issues of contemporary concern in world politics, From 2012, the Centre for International Studies is entering into partnership with the Centre for Rising Powers-CRP in the publication of the series, whose mandate will now expand to include theoretical and historical works on power transitions.

The series draws on the distinctive interdisciplinary approach to world politics found at the CIS and also a hallmark of research at CRP. The editors welcome contributions from international relations scholars, but they also wish to widen the debate about world politics by encouraging historians, economists, strategists, political scientists, geographers, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians and others to publish with us. Multi-disciplinary research (namely that which is not reducible to any one discipline) and collaborations between different disciplines are also welcomed.

The series is open to both thematic analyses of world politics as well as to empirical studies of particular questions and issues. The notion of 'crisis' that defines the series is deliberately broad, and includes research that addresses a 'twenty-years' crisis' as well as that which focuses on a more delimited crisis, e.g. missiles in Cuba. Thus the editors welcome analyses of both 'structural crises', such as disparities in wealth between North and South or the changing balance of power from the EU and the US to the BRICs, as well as short-term crises requiring immediate action in the areas of international and regional security, financial crises, and crises in multilateral institutions.

In addition to work by scholars, the series editors welcome contributions from practitioners and those with direct experience of world politics-be they politicians, diplomats, businessmen, journalists, NGO officials, the military, or others-to develop and publish their thoughts. It is in part for this reason that the series will consist of two 'tracks'.

The first is the publication of short interventions (c. 40,000 to 60,000 words) that seek to intervene directly in current debates. The second is for major thematic and empirical studies in world politics (c. 80,000 to 120,000 words).

All books in the series are co-published simultaneously in North America with major university presses. Co-publishers for books recently published in the series include Columbia, Cornell, Chicago, and Princeton.

If you are interested in writing for the series, please contact the series editors, Professor Brendan Simms (,  or Mr Michael Dwyer (

You can find a list of past publications in the series on the website of Hurst Publishers.


'Governance, Domestic Change, and Social Policy in China. 100 Years after the Xinhai Revolution' edited by Jean-Marc F. Blanchard and Kun-Chin Lin

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'Bargaining with a Rising India. Lessons from the Mahabharata' by Amrita Narlikar and Aruna Narlikar is now available at Oxford University Press.

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International Affairs Special Issue, May 2013, Negotiating the Rise of New Powers

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