The Books We Read in – Foreign PolicyForeign Policy staffers tore through stacks of books this year; many were featured in reviews in the magazine or online. Here are some of our other favorites. Throughout history, a handful of scrappy states turned themselves into true sea powers, using their control of sea and trade lanes to punch above their weight on the world stage. Sea powers are free, open, inclusive, and inquisitive. Traders and merchants are in charge. Continental powers, on the other hand, tend to be closed, restrictive, and servile.
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The ladies turned up and out to talk about foreign policy — from Russia to cyber and national security; energy to borders. The Middle East was a popular topic, with several great books on Syria. There is a plethora of expertise here. This is the multigenerational history of people who experienced Sino-Soviet affairs most intimately: prominent Chinese revolutionaries who traveled to Russia in their youths to study, often falling in love and having children there. Trade in human lives thrived in North China during the Qing and Republican periods.
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The FP staff asked me to follow suit with some of my favorites from the world of international politics and foreign policy. See also: The Books We Read in Kenneth Waltz, Man, the State, and War. An all-time classic, which I first read as a college sophomore. Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel. Combines biology and macro-history in a compelling fashion, explaining why small differences in climate, population, agronomy, and the like turned out to have far-reaching effects on the evolution of human societies and the long-term balance of power.
Jump to navigation. In this authoritative and harrowing account of the massacres of Communists in Indonesia in the s, Robinson seeks to recover the episode from historical oblivion. What emerges is a scathing and persuasive indictment of the Indonesian military and the foreign powers—especially the United States and the United Kingdom—that were complicit in the brutality. Read the review. In his well-crafted book, Steil argues that although the Marshall Plan was a strategic success, it also contributed mightily to the evolving Cold War. He shows that key U. Gessen follows the lives of seven Russians and, in the process, recounts a battle of ideas about Russia and its future.