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Dragon in the Tropics

Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chavez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela by Javier Corrales and Michael Penfold “Since he was first elected in 1999, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez Frias has reshaped a frail but nonetheless pluralistic democracy into a semi-authoritarian regime—an outcome achieved with spectacularly high oil income and widespread electoral support. … Continue reading

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet

Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy by Michael T. Klare From Publishers Weekly Looking at the “new international energy order,” author and journalist Klare (Resource Wars) finds America’s “sole superpower” status falling to the increasing influence of “petro-superpowers” like Russia and “Chindia.” Klare identifies and analyzes the major players as well as … Continue reading

The Race for What’s Left

The Race for What’s Left: The Global Scramble for the World’s Last Resources by Michael T. Klare “The world is facing an unprecedented crisis of resource depletion—a crisis that goes beyond “peak oil” to encompass shortages of coal and natural gas, copper and cobalt, water and arable land. With all of the Earth’s habitable areas … Continue reading

Climate Change and Migration

Climate Change and Migration: Security and Borders in a Warming World by Gregory White In the modern era, two types of international migration have consumed our attention: politically induced migration to flee war, genocide, and instability, and migration for economic reasons. Recently, though, another force has generated a new wave of refugees-global warming. Climate change … Continue reading

Transitional Justice in Balance

Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy by Tricia D. Olsen, Leigh A. Payne, and Andrew G. Reiter Since the 1970s, countries emerging from dictatorship or civil war have increasingly employed a variety of transitional justice mechanisms to address past human rights violations and to promote reconciliation and democracy. Myriad articles and books have … Continue reading

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Does Europe Still Matter?

European Foreign Policies: Does Europe Still Matter? by Ronald Tiersky and John Van Oudenaren The extent of Europe’s influence in the twenty-first century is one of the fundamental questions in a rapidly changing world order. How much does Europe still matter in geostrategic affairs? Will the Europeans seek more international clout and be willing to … Continue reading

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Controversies in Globalization

Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations ed. Beth McBratney, Peter M. Haas, John A. Hird Debate-style readers can be provocative teaching tools, but if the readings are not in dialogue with one another, the crux of the debate is lost on students. Editors Hird and Haas solve this issue by inviting 15 pairs … Continue reading

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Global Giant : Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?

edited by Eva Paus, Penelope B. Prime, and Jon Western.   “…This is a thought-provoking, well reasoned, and informative study–of use to scholars, students, journalists, and policy makers alike.”   “In the large pantheon of ‘rising China’ books this study stands out. Its principal strengths derive from the cast of contributors and the breadth of … Continue reading

Winning the War on War

Winning the War on War by Joshua S. Goldstein –Preeminent scholar of international relations Joshua Goldstein tears down one of the greatest myths of modern history. Despite all the hand-wringing, fearmongering, and bad-news headlines, peace is on the rise. Fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are smaller and more localized … Continue reading

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