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Review Feature – Organised Crime in Mexico

Review Feature – Organised Crime in Mexico

This review feature examines two books that address developments in organised crime in Mexico, the roots of violence, and the challenges faced by the new government.

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Review – Inside the Foreign Office

This three-part documentary shows UK politicians and civil servants in action, explores what diplomats do, and the impact of Brexit with some amusing yet worrying footage.

A U.S. Special Forces intelligence sergeant provides security overwatch as a Special Forces engineering sergeant, both assigned to Special Operations Task Force – South, climbs over an irrigation wall during a security patrol March 8, in Panjwai District, Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The SOTF-South Special Forces team in the area conducts regular patrols in order to bolster security as well as to meet with area villagers to assess development projects.

Review – Unwinnable: Britain’s War in Afghanistan 2001-14

Theo Farrell’s recent book provides some new insights into Britain’s war in Afghanistan though there is ambiguity over the point at which the war was unwinnable and why.

Review – Security Entrepreneurs: Performing Protection in Post-Cold War Europe

Review – Security Entrepreneurs: Performing Protection in Post-Cold War Europe

The book examines the approach to security privatization taken in four Eastern European states, revealing the influence of global norms and the post-communist transition.

Review – Alienation and Freedom

Review – Alienation and Freedom

This book provides in English hitherto unpublished works of Fanon and gives us greater insights into his personality besides providing a complete picture of his thought.

Review – Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis

Review – Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis

A major contribution to social science that synthesises insights from several separate yet complementary perspectives within the wide compass of historical materialism.

Review – Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers?

Review – Debating Humanitarian Intervention: Should We Try to Save Strangers?

The authors tackle the ethical issues surrounding humanitarian intervention and the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention – from two competing standpoints.

Review – Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

Review – Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World

Samuel Moyn argues that the human rights movement has done nothing to stop inequality from emerging and accelerating, and it is not up to the task of reversing it.

Review – Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Review – Adults in the Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment

Rather than a lesson on the economics of bailouts and austerity, Varoufakis’ memoir reads like a treatise on the politics of sovereign debt restructuring during crises.

Review – Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans

Review – Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans

Mujanović’s book outlines the crisis of democracy and failure of Western efforts to democratise the Balkan region but offers pessimism as well as hope for the future.

Review – Multipolar Globalization: Emerging Economies and Development

Review – Multipolar Globalization: Emerging Economies and Development

This book presents a clear and convincing argument for the shift from a Western centered globalization to a multipolar one and also considers multicentric perspectives.

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