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Sex and World Peaceunsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war. The authors compare micro-level gender violence and macro-level state peacefulness in global settings, supporting their findings with detailed analyses and color maps. Harnessing an immense amount of data, they call attention to discrepancies between national laws protecting women and the enforcement of those laws, and they note the adverse effects on state security of abnormal sex ratios favoring males, the practice of polygamy, and inequitable realities in family law, among other gendered aggressions. The authors find that the treatment of women informs human interaction at all levels of society. Their research challenges conventional definitions of security and democracy and shows that the treatment of gender, played out on the world stage, informs the true clash of civilizations. In terms of resolving these injustices, the authors examine top-down and bottom-up approaches to healing wounds of violence against women, as well as ways to rectify inequalities in family law and the lack of parity in decision-making councils. Emphasizing the importance of an R2PW, or state responsibility to protect women, they mount a solid campaign against women's systemic insecurity, which effectively unravels the security of all.
That summer feeling: sun-filled days, warm nights, and the sweet expectation that comes with finding--or rediscovering--love. . . His Bride To Be, Lisa JacksonThe job perks: a two-week luxury cruise in the company of one of the most eligible bachelors on the West Coast. But posing as Hale Donovan's fiancée to finesse a takeover deal will challenge all of Valerie Pryce's resolve to keep business and pleasure separate. . . You Again, Elizabeth BassA group yoga tour to Peru is the last place Meredith expects to see her workaholic ex-boyfriend, Sam. Seven years have changed everything--except Meredith's regret at abruptly running away. Yet amid the magnificent views and ancient ruins, a new chance may be waiting. . . Return To Hampton Beach, Mary CarterJacob was the shy, kind twin. Chris was wild and dangerous. As a teenager, Celia Jensen was a little in love with them both. Now Celia is coming back to Hampton Beach for a summer, where she'll untangle the lie that broke her heart. Summer Memories, Holly ChamberlinThere's nowhere Ellen would rather nurse her wounds after her ex's betrayal than Ogunquit, Maine--a little beach town where she spent idyllic childhood summers. Then Ellen meets a charming local artist who challenges her to create new memories. . .
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