Dilemmas of Democracy and Dictatorship
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Dilemmas of Democracy and Dictatorship : Place, Time, and Ideology in Global Perspective

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The phenomenon of globalization applies to political violence as well as to more benign aspects of life. Most people in the West, as well as the Third World, politicians and media included, are still missing this point. As a result, they are failing to adapt to the new realities--unlike their enemies.Dilemmas of Democracy and Dictatorship is a collection of essays Radu has published over the past decade. Some are opinion pieces; others are academic articles. The topics include political violence and terrorism in general, and in specific areas--Latin America, the Balkans, Turkey, Sub-Saharan Africa, Western and Eastern Europe. Radu discusses the causes and methods of contemporary terrorism, the process of state decay in some African countries, and mentalities and absurdities in Latin and Balkan politics. He also points out Western European illusions, delusions, and attitudes, and reviews American policy and confusion in dealing with the Third World. At times the analysis is political, other times military, and often it is sociological or psychological. In the author's words he is "always politically incorrect." The approach is multidisciplinary.What ties these disparate essays together is Radu's personal experience--both as a field researcher and in a few cases as a participant in ongoing events, and his personal idiosyncrasies, opinions, and perception of areas visited. These essays clearly demonstrate that in the face of globalization the world is not a village but a conglomerate of differences. This volume will be of particular interest to students of political violence, insurgency/guerrilla warfare, and Third World politics, journalists, and policymakers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 427 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 35.6mm | 793.8g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765803135
  • 9780765803139

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-[T]his book is an incredibly diverse tome dedicated to the issues of conflict, guerilla warfare, and political violence. The style of the book is very accessible... [A]n interesting read and a worthy work. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates through faculty.-

--M. D. Crosston, Choice

-There are some excellent analysts publishing on politics and violence, and there are also excellent observers who walk the ground and seem to have the inside story. Michael Radu is both. Truly global in his interests, Radu is as good on Africa as on Central America, as learned about the Kurdish Worker's Party as he is on Sendero Luminoso in Peru. These are scintillating and learned essays.-

--Christopher C. Harmon, Kim T. Adamson; Chair of Insurgency & Terrorism, Marine Corps University

-Michael Radu's important collection of works written over numerous years reflects a deep engagement and understanding of the realities of terrorism and conflict in varied parts of the world including Latin America and Europe. Radu's writings are a convincing broadside against any form of appeasement of terrorists. He exposes many self-proclaimed freedom fighters, such as the PKK, for the terrorists they are and details their shady connections and dealings. Likewise, his insight into the flawed policies to confront--and occasionally appeasement of--terrorists that the left has made a trademark are refreshing.-

--Dr. Svante Cornell, Research Director of Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS/Uppsala University

-Michael Radu is a rare analyst's analyst who examines instruments of political power and their use in contemporary history. Rather than frame global events and foreign crises in terms served up by the media or ascribe intelligence to street mobs like some writers, Radu draws comparisons and lets you know who has pulled what lever before and against whom. He gives you the details behind the strikes and mass mobilizations, providing context and a basis for understanding history as well as for making informed predictions. While his words may seem blunt and, at times grim, they always ring true.-

--Steve Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies "[T]his book is an incredibly diverse tome dedicated to the issues of conflict, guerilla warfare, and political violence. The style of the book is very accessible... [A]n interesting read and a worthy work. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

--M. D. Crosston, Choice

"There are some excellent analysts publishing on politics and violence, and there are also excellent observers who walk the ground and seem to have the inside story. Michael Radu is both. Truly global in his interests, Radu is as good on Africa as on Central America, as learned about the Kurdish Worker's Party as he is on Sendero Luminoso in Peru. These are scintillating and learned essays."

--Christopher C. Harmon, Kim T. Adamson; Chair of Insurgency & Terrorism, Marine Corps University

"Michael Radu's important collection of works written over numerous years reflects a deep engagement and understanding of the realities of terrorism and conflict in varied parts of the world including Latin America and Europe. Radu's writings are a convincing broadside against any form of appeasement of terrorists. He exposes many self-proclaimed freedom fighters, such as the PKK, for the terrorists they are and details their shady connections and dealings. Likewise, his insight into the flawed policies to confront--and occasionally appeasement of--terrorists that the left has made a trademark are refreshing."

--Dr. Svante Cornell, Research Director of Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS/Uppsala University

"Michael Radu is a rare analyst's analyst who examines instruments of political power and their use in contemporary history. Rather than frame global events and foreign crises in terms served up by the media or ascribe intelligence to street mobs like some writers, Radu draws comparisons and lets you know who has pulled what lever before and against whom. He gives you the details behind the strikes and mass mobilizations, providing context and a basis for understanding history as well as for making informed predictions. While his words may seem blunt and, at times grim, they always ring true."

--Steve Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies "[T]his book is an incredibly diverse tome dedicated to the issues of conflict, guerilla warfare, and political violence. The style of the book is very accessible... [A]n interesting read and a worthy work. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates through faculty."

--M. D. Crosston, Choice

"There are some excellent analysts publishing on politics and violence, and there are also excellent observers who walk the ground and seem to have the inside story. Michael Radu is both. Truly global in his interests, Radu is as good on Africa as on Central America, as learned about the Kurdish Worker's Party as he is on Sendero Luminoso in Peru. These are scintillating and learned essays."

"--"Christopher C. Harmon, Kim T. Adamson; Chair of Insurgency & Terrorism, Marine Corps University

"Michael Radu's important collection of works written over numerous years reflects a deep engagement and understanding of the realities of terrorism and conflict in varied parts of the world including Latin America and Europe. Radu's writings are a convincing broadside against any form of appeasement of terrorists. He exposes many self-proclaimed freedom fighters, such as the PKK, for the terrorists they are and details their shady connections and dealings. Likewise, his insight into the flawed policies to confront--and occasionally appeasement of--terrorists that the left has made a trademark are refreshing."

"--"Dr. Svante Cornell, Research Director of Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS/Uppsala University

"Michael Radu is a rare analyst's analyst who examines instruments of political power and their use in contemporary history. Rather than frame global events and foreign crises in terms served up by the media or ascribe intelligence to street mobs like some writers, Radu draws comparisons and lets you know who has pulled what lever before and against whom. He gives you the details behind the strikes and mass mobilizations, providing context and a basis for understanding history as well as for making informed predictions. While his words may seem blunt and, at times grim, they always ring true."

"--"Steve Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies "There are some excellent analysts publishing on politics and violence, and there are also excellent observers who walk the ground and seem to have the inside story. Michael Radu is both. Truly global in his interests, Radu is as good on Africa as on Central America, as learned about the Kurdish Worker's Party as he is on Sendero Luminoso in Peru. These are scintillating and learned essays.""-- Christopher C. Harmon, Kim T. Adamson; Chair of Insurgency & Terrorism, Marine Corps University" "Michael Radu's important collection of works written over numerous years reflects a deep engagement and understanding of the realities of terrorism and conflict in varied parts of the world including Latin America and Europe. Radu's writings are a convincing broadside against any form of appeasement of terrorists. He exposes many self-proclaimed freedom fighters, such as the PKK, for the terrorists they are and details their shady connections and dealings. Likewise, his insight into the flawed policies to confrontand occasionally appeasement ofterrorists that the left has made a trademark are refreshing.""-- Dr. Svante Cornell, Research Director of Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS/Uppsala University" "Michael Radu is a rare analyst's analyst who examines instruments of political power and their use in contemporary history. Rather than frame global events and foreign crises in terms served up by the media or ascribe intelligence to street mobs like some writers, Radu draws comparisons and lets you know who has pulled what lever before and against whom. He gives you the details behind the strikes and mass mobilizations, providing context and a basis for understanding history as well as for making informed predictions. While his words may seem blunt and, at times grim, they always ring true." "--Steve Johnson, Senior Policy Analyst for Latin America, The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies
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About Michael Radu

Michael S. Radu is senior fellow and co-chairman of the Center on Terrorism at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia. Educated in communist Romania and at Columbia University, he has taught in the United States and South Africa. He has traveled to over forty countries doing research on local politics and political violence and has served as electoral observer in four countries, including as a UN observer in Cambodia. He is the author or editor of ten books.
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