CIS Book Manuscript Workshops
"These workshops are absolutely invaluable" - Lauge Poulsen (Postdoctoral research fellow, Nuffield College)
CIS organises Book Manuscript Workshops to provide a supportive environment to authors at the University of Oxford that have manuscripts close to completion but still open to revision. The workshops take place as a lunchtime discussion and can include an additional session during the afternoon if required.
In terms of the format, CIS send out a call for interest that includes the author's book title and paragraph on the book to the CIS mailing lists and those who sign up for the workshop receive, in advance of the event, the part of the manuscript that the author would like to share.
If you are at the University of Oxford and have a manuscript relevant to International Relations, and would like to hold a Book Manuscript Workshop at CIS please contact Barnaby King at email@example.com for further information.
by Professor Cécile Fabre, 20 October 2017. Economic statecraft is an important tool of foreign policy. Its main instruments are economic sanctions, aid conditionality, loan conditionality, and debt forgiveness. It is used as a means for political actors to position themselves on the world stage by signaling what their foreign policy aims are; it is also used to force or induce a change in other political actors’ conduct and thus in the status quo, or on the contrary to deter those actors from changing the status quo. Like war, it is often coercive – and certainly harmful. Unlike war, however, it has not received systematic treatment at the hands of moral and political philosophers. My aim, in this book, is to start filling that gap. To state the book’s central thesis: Political actors such as states, coalitions of states, and international organizations are morally entitled, on behalf of their individual members, to resort to economic sanctions and conditional aid, but only as a means to protect human rights, and so long as the harms which they thereby inflict on the targets of those measures are not out of proportion to the goods they bring about. Moreover, they are morally entitled, on behalf of their individual members, to resort to conditional lending and conditional debt forgiveness, not just with a view to protect human rights, but also to pursue non-wrongful larger political goals – under certain conditions.
'The Virtual Weapon and International Order’
by Lucas Kello, 24 November 2016. The cyber revolution is the revolution of our times. The rapid expansion of cyberspace brings both promise and peril. It promotes new modes of political interaction, but it also disrupts interstate dealings and empowers nonstate actors who may instigate diplomatic and military crises. Despite significant experience with cyber phenomena, the conceptual apparatus to analyze, understand, and address their effects on international order remains primitive. This book adapts and applies international relations theory to create new ways of thinking about cyber strategy. It draws on a broad range of case studies, including the Estonian crisis, the Olympic Games operation against Iran, and the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. Synthesizing data from a variety of government and other sources from around the globe, this important work establishes new conceptual benchmarks to help security experts adapt strategy and policy to the unprecedented challenges of our times.
'What next: Britain after Brexit'
by Anthony Barnett, 2nd November 2016. Brexit was a wake up call - but a wake up to what? A nightmare of Farage proportions that drags Britain further into an Atlantic of fear and chronic isolation? Or a wake up to mend our broken democracy and heal a profoundly torn society? If you agree we want a society where ‘taking control’ means our being capable of shaping a future with the rest of the world, not one where we are ‘controlled’ by our past like a straight-jacket, then we need to understand, I mean really understand, why Brexit happened, what it means and how we build a future we want.
'Borderlands: Violent Non-state Groups and Insecurity on the Edges of Colombia’
by Annette Idler, 8 February 2016. Borderlands are critical security zones but remain poorly understood. Colombia’s border regions are paradigmatic for the security threats that arise from the convergence of conflict and transnational organised crime in such spaces. They are safe havens for terrorists, sites of supply for the armed groups involved in Colombia’s decades-long civil war and geo-strategic corridors for the global cocaine industry. Operating with impunity, numerous violent non-state groups compete for territorial control, cooperate in illegal cross-border activities, and substitute for the governance functions usually associated with the state. Providing unique and exclusive first-hand insights into these war-torn border areas, this book shows how the geography of borderlands reinforces violence, but also renders insecurity invisible. It reveals how the myriad and fluid arrangements among rebels, criminals, paramilitaries and the like trigger violence, erode the social fabric of borderland communities and challenge the legitimacy of governments.
'Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges'
by Federico Fabbrini, 24 April 2015. The Euro-crisis and the legal and institutional responses to it have had important constitutional implications on the architecture of the European Union (EU). The purpose of the book is to offer a broad picture of how relations of power in the EU have changed, considering three different dimension: 1) the vertical relations of power between the member states and the EU institutions: 2) the relations of power between the political branches and the courts; and 3) the horizontal relations of power between the EU member states themselves.
‘The Pigeons of Denshawai: Empire and its Legacy in the Middle East, 1917-1967’
by Roger Hardy, March 2015. To understand today’s Middle East, with its enduring conflicts and unresolved crises of identity, we need to understand how it emerged in the half-century between 1917 and 1967. The Pigeons of Denshawai describes the dramas of decolonisation and the legacies of European colonial rule.
‘Humanitarian Ethics: A Guide to the Morality of Aid in War and Disaster'
by Hugo Slim, 16 June 2014. The book is the first book length text on the ethical principles and practice of humanitarian action and is directed primarily at students, practitioners and scholars of humanitarian action.
'Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Commercial Disputes under Private Institutions and Public Authority'
by Thomas Hale, 21 May 2014. The book manuscript explores how states and private actors have sought to provide the necessary rule of law to facilitate global economic exchanges in a world divided between nearly 200 sovereign states. It traces the emergence of the current tripartite, hybrid system in which private, transnational judges’ decisions are enforced in domestic courts under international law. The book draws on a series of global surveys of corporate attitudes toward dispute resolution, archival and statistical research on the diffusion of intergovernmental treaties concerning commercial arbitration, and detailed case studies of the United States, China and Argentina.
- In August 2015, this manuscript was published as 'Between Interests and Law: The Politics of Transnational Commercial Disputes' (CUP).
‘Letting Down the Guard: Developing Countries, Bounded Rationality, and the Diffusion of Investment Treaties’
by Lauge Poulsen, 19th May 2014. Rooted in insights from behavioural economics, the book argues that developing countries were often ‘predictably irrational’ when signing up to one of the most potent international legal regimes underwriting economic globalization.
- In August 2015, this manuscript was published as 'Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy: The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries' (CUP).
‘Future in the Balance – up-scaling human consciousness to up-scale our chance of survival’
by Scilla Elworthy, 15 November 2013. Based on Einstein’s premise that no problem can be solved from the consciousness that created it, the book explores how the challenges faced by humanity are being addressed by individual and global initiatives reliant on radically developed awareness.