Reviews Archive

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Africa, Americas, Asia, Economics, Europe, Middle East, Politics, Reviews

Evaluating democracy’s global standing: The prospect of a freer world

“Democracy in Decline” is a compilation of scholarly essays assessing world affairs and empirical records that arguably represent the deterioration of democracy, largely in...
"303 Squadron Pilots" by Eugeniusz Duraczyński. Public domain, accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Eastern Europe, Europe, Human Rights, Politics, Reviews, Security

Bad Blood

White Spots—Black Spots: Difficult Matters in Polish-Russian Relations, 1918-2008 confirms, much to the chagrin of its editors, that the countries’ disagreements are quasi-perennial. Every...
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North America, Politics, Reviews, Security

The Strategist: The Work of an Unconventional Political Scientist

Political scientist Bartholomew Sparrow has written what might be considered an unconventional work, The Strategist, a biography of Brent Scowcroft. His book is unconventional...
The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World, by Joel K. Bourne Jr.
Environment, Reviews, Science & Technology

The End Allegedly Still Nigh

Review of The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World Thomas Robert Malthus shares an unenviable place in public thought with men...
Mural on the Israeli West Bank Barrier. By Justin McIntosh, accessed via Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-2.0.
36(3) Spring 2015, Middle East, Politics, Reviews, Security

Trapped Within Walls

A Review of Avi Shlaim’s The Iron Wall Anyone who claims to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict is either badly mistaken or has spent several decades...
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Americas, Europe, North America, Politics, Reviews, Western Europe

Feuding Nationalism: A Review of Jaime Lluch’s Visions of Sovereignty

Nationhood is complicated. A major threat to large democracies is the presence of multiple nations within their borders that rupture the sanctity of the...
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Middle East, North America, Reviews

The “American” of American Sniper

The word “American” is the operative term for understanding “American Sniper”—Clint Eastwood’s epic biopic of the deadliest sniper in American history. Although it is...
An Italian store inspired by the Addiopizzo movement to advertise that it refuses to pay "pizzo" - protection money to the Mafia by "Dedda71". CC-BY-3.0., accessed via Wikimedia Commons.
Africa, Asia, Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Africa, Europe, Human Rights, Middle East, Politics, Reviews, South Asia, Western Europe

Collective Action Against Corruption

Few global issues are as nonpartisan, universal, and severe as corruption.  Shaazka Beyerle articulates the importance of halting malfeasance in Curtailing Corruption: People Power...
36(1) Summer 2014, Americas, Europe, North America, Politics, Reviews, Western Europe

Polemics

There are countless reasons why Christopher Hitchens has been a figure of international interest for decades, especially after his death in 2011. His bafflingly...
35(4) Spring 2014, Asia, East Asia, Economics, Reviews

The Chinese Mirage: A Review of Michael Pettis’s Avoiding the Fall

There is little arguing against the fact that China’s economic growth is unprecedented, with the possible historical exceptions of postwar Japan, South Korea, and...