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Review – Strategic Vision

Review – Strategic Vision

In this book, Zbigniew Brzezinski surveys the forces today that will shape the geo-political landscape of the near- and medium-term future.

Review – Unanswered Threats

Review – Unanswered Threats

Some states fail to recognize, respond to, and counteract rising states that pose a danger. What accounts for this underbalancing? This is the question Schweller attempts to answer.

Review – Unanswered Threats

Review – Unanswered Threats

In Unanswered Threats, Randall Schweller challenges preconceptions about the prevalence of balancing behavior in international relations.

Review – God’s Century

Review – God’s Century

God’s Century is not the first book to make a case for the importance of religion in global affairs. Yet, Toft, Philpott, and Shah’s book is a valuable addition to the literature.

Review – After the Globe, Before the World

Review – After the Globe, Before the World

This book begins where R.B.J Walker left off in ‘Inside/Outside’, continuing his discussion of sovereignty, the state and the system of states.

Review – The Afghan Way of War

Review – The Afghan Way of War

In the current intervention in Afghanistan, the policy debate has often been shrouded in the sterile language of state-building and counter-insurgency.

Review – India’s Strategic Practice and the Return of History

Review – India’s Strategic Practice and the Return of History

Scholars from the South are infiltrating IR from within the discipline. To that trend, Vivekanandan’s work is a welcome addition.

Review – Managing the China Challenge

Review – Managing the China Challenge

China’s rapid economic growth continues apace presenting multi-national corporations with new opportunities. Kenneth G. Lieberthal explores the strategies MNCs need to employ to succeed in business in China and the importance of remaining sensitive to the state’s political concerns.

Review – Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Review – Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Klare’s analysis is timely, well written, and intriguing considering its central thesis that the world’s reliance on fossil fuels will eventually lead to increased geopolitical tensions. While other books offer a more thorough account, this is a welcome read.

Review – In My Time

Review – In My Time

Dick Cheney served as Vice President during one of the most controversial U.S. administrations in history. Those hoping for a greater insight into this divisive period, or wanting to better understand Cheney, will be disappointed by a memoir that offers little more than was already known.

Review – International Interventions in Local Conflicts

Review – International Interventions in Local Conflicts

The bloody and protracted small wars of the last 20 years seem to be the current norm in IR, and may well be so for the foreseeable future. It is into this context that we can place Uzi Rabi’s edited collection.

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