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When Right and Left Collide: ‘The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics’

Given its name, it might seem that the NRA-the National Rifle Association-is concerned with issues surrounding firearms in the United States.

And it is. But in his latest book, The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World PoliticsDr. Clifford Bob , associate professor of political science at Duquesne University, examines how the NRA and other right-wing organizations stir it up internationally. The book provides an eye-opening account of conservative global activism-its mobilization, strategies and goals-and its clashes with human rights, environmental and social justice organizations on gun rights, gay rights and other issues.

"Few scholars or journalists have examined how the right wing acts internationally," Bob said. "It is powerful, it is important, and we need to pay attention to it to understand how policy is made nationally and internationally. Increasingly in recent years, right-wing groups have formed global networks and come into conflict with the left wing, much like they do in the United States. Both sides are linking up with local allies all over the world and bringing the culture wars to other places."

Bob's book analyzes how the NRA and an international network of gun groups have become active at the UN and in Latin American countries such as Brazil. "These conflicts are part of a larger, global clash over firearms regulation, with activists using developments in one country to score points in others," said Bob. "Even if you're defeated in one place, you can fight on in others-and these groups do."

Bob's findings, which highlight the strategies activists use to battle one another, may change how campaigners fight, scholars study policy wars and everyone thinks about global politics.The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics was published by Cambridge University Press as part of its series Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.