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  • Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace by DOMINICLIEVENReview by: ROBERT LEGVOLDForeign Affairs, Vol. 89, No. 3 (May/June 2010), p. 147Published by: Council on Foreign RelationsStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25680954 .Accessed: 14/06/2014 13:33

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    Article Contentsp. 147

    Issue Table of ContentsForeign Affairs, Vol. 89, No. 3 (May/June 2010), pp. 1-158Front MatterCommentsHelping Others Defend Themselves: The Future of U.S. Security Assistance [pp. 2-6]The Brussels Wall: Tearing Down the EU-NATO Barrier [pp. 7-12]The Global Glass Ceiling: Why Empowering Women Is Good for Business [pp. 13-20]

    EssaysThe Geography of Chinese Power: How Far Can Beijing Reach on Land and at Sea? [pp. 22-41]Bigger Is Better: The Case for a Transatlantic Economic Union [pp. 42-50]And Justice for All: Enforcing Human Rights for the World's Poor [pp. 51-62]Top of the Class: The Rise of Asia's Universities [pp. 63-75]Faulty Basel: Why More Diplomacy Won't Keep the Financial System Safe [pp. 76-88]Expeditionary Economics: Spurring Growth After Conflicts and Disasters [pp. 89-99]NATO's Final Frontier: Why Russia Should Join the Atlantic Alliance [pp. 100-112]

    Reviews &ResponsesReview EssaysOverpowered? Questioning the Wisdom of American Restraint [pp. 114-119]It Takes the Villages: Bringing Change From Below in Afghanistan [pp. 120-127]

    ResponseTo the Finland Station: Is Taiwan Selling Out to China? [pp. 128-133]

    Recent Books on International RelationsPolitical and LegalReview: untitled [pp. 134-134]Review: untitled [pp. 134-135]Review: untitled [pp. 135-135]Review: untitled [pp. 135-136]Review: untitled [pp. 136-136]

    Economic, Social, and EnvironmentalReview: untitled [pp. 136-136]Review: untitled [pp. 136-137]Review: untitled [pp. 137-137]Review: untitled [pp. 137-137]Review: untitled [pp. 137-138]

    Military, Scientific, and TechnologicalReview: untitled [pp. 138-138]Review: untitled [pp. 138-139]Review: untitled [pp. 139-139]Review: untitled [pp. 139-139]

    The United StatesReview: untitled [pp. 140-140]Review: untitled [pp. 140-140]Review: untitled [pp. 140-141]Review: untitled [pp. 141-141]Review: untitled [pp. 141-142]

    Western EuropeReview: untitled [pp. 142-142]Review: untitled [pp. 142-142]Review: untitled [pp. 142-143]Review: untitled [pp. 143-143]Review: untitled [pp. 143-143]

    Western HemisphereReview: untitled [pp. 144-144]Review: untitled [pp. 144-144]Review: untitled [pp. 144-145]Review: untitled [pp. 145-145]

    Eastern Europe and Former Soviet RepublicsReview: untitled [pp. 146-146]Review: untitled [pp. 146-146]Review: untitled [pp. 146-147]Review: untitled [pp. 147-147]Review: untitled [pp. 147-147]Review: untitled [pp. 148-148]

    Middle EastReview: untitled [pp. 148-148]Review: untitled [pp. 148-149]Review: untitled [pp. 149-149]Review: untitled [pp. 149-150]

    Asia and PacificReview: untitled [pp. 150-150]Review: untitled [pp. 150-151]Review: untitled [pp. 151-152]Review: untitled [pp. 152-152]

    AfricaReview: untitled [pp. 153-153]Review: untitled [pp. 153-154]Review: untitled [pp. 154-154]Review: untitled [pp. 154-154]

    Letters to the EditorGETTING DERADICALIZATION RIGHT [pp. 155-157]DECODING DEMOGRAPHY [pp. 157-158]FOR THE RECORD [pp. 158-158]

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