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    Book Review: The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed

Book Review: The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia by Madawi Al-Rasheed

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In The Son King: Reform and Repression in Saudi Arabia, Madawi Al-Rasheed provides a new account of Saudi Arabia’s recent history, focusing on the duality of reform and repression that has characterised the era of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammed bin Salman. This book is an essential resource for those looking to understand the transformations and contradictions of Saudi […]

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    Book Review: Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro by Richard Lapper

Book Review: Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro by Richard Lapper

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In Beef, Bible and Bullets: Brazil in the Age of Bolsonaro, Richard Lapper examines the underlying features of Brazilian society and recent socio-economic trends that shaped the 2018 presidential elections and lifted Jair Bolsonaro to power. Mark S. Langevin reviews the book, which provides a compelling, albeit incomplete, explanation of Bolsonaro’s ascent by exploring who exactly he represents.

Beef, Bible […]

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    Biden’s post-Afghanistan foreign policy pragmatism may be wishful thinking given the history of hubris in American leadership

Biden’s post-Afghanistan foreign policy pragmatism may be wishful thinking given the history of hubris in American leadership

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Completing the withdrawal from Afghanistan is a major foreign policy milestone in the first year of the Biden presidency. Is it promising, perilous – or pending? Ron Pruessen considers “over-the-horizon” possibilities in light of the foreign policy hubris of presidents past.

August 31, 2021: “Last night in Kabul,” President Joe Biden announced, “the United States ended 20 years of war […]

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    Biden’s mishandled Afghanistan withdrawal is unlikely to have a large effect on the 2022 midterms

Biden’s mishandled Afghanistan withdrawal is unlikely to have a large effect on the 2022 midterms

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In the wake of what many experts have criticized as a mishandled withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, President Joe Biden is now looking to move the narrative elsewhere. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift examines the likely political fallout from Afghanistan on the White House, how it will affect the president’s domestic priorities, and the potential consequences for the […]

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    Biden’s messy Afghanistan withdrawal has increased the need to deliver on his domestic agenda

Biden’s messy Afghanistan withdrawal has increased the need to deliver on his domestic agenda

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After nearly two decades of boots on the ground, last month American forces left Afghanistan, with the Taliban retaking the country much more quickly than had been anticipated by the administration of President Biden. In this Q&A, LSE Phelan US Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz looks at the withdrawal from Afghanistan in the context of a US strategic adjustment […]

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    Book Review: Zoning China: Online Video, Popular Culture and the State by Luzhou Li

Book Review: Zoning China: Online Video, Popular Culture and the State by Luzhou Li

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In Zoning China: Online Video, Popular Culture and the State, Luzhou Li examines ‘cultural zoning’ in contemporary China to consider why government regulation of online video is much more lenient than the regulation of broadcast television. This timely and insightful analysis provides a critical lens both for understanding Chinese cultural industries as an integral part of the expanding globalised capitalist economy and […]

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    ‘They Are Going to Eat Our Lunch’: Joe Biden’s China Challenge

‘They Are Going to Eat Our Lunch’: Joe Biden’s China Challenge

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President Biden and his administration have few agreements on policy with his predecessor, Donald Trump, other than on China. Richard Johnson writes that Biden has recognised that the US will be in strategic competition with China in the long term, and that some of his policy measures have put the US at odds with the European Union, which is […]

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    Biden’s meetings with the G7 and Putin made little concrete progress, reflecting the President’s focus on domestic rather than foreign policy.

Biden’s meetings with the G7 and Putin made little concrete progress, reflecting the President’s focus on domestic rather than foreign policy.

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Joe Biden’s recent trip to Europe—with included meetings with G7 allies in the UK and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva—was the American president’s first major foray onto the world stage since taking office. In this Q&A, Thomas Gift gives his overview of Biden’s trip. He explains what issues were discussed, why we shouldn’t be surprised that the meetings […]

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    Biden’s G-7 trip is about repairing international relationships and reviving US support for multilateralism

Biden’s G-7 trip is about repairing international relationships and reviving US support for multilateralism

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Joe Biden’s first overseas trip as president begins this week with the G-7 summit in the UK. Julie Norman writes that Biden’s has two aims for this trip: shoring up relationships with allies to promote US multilateralism, and reaffirming democratic values among the G-7, NATO, and the EU in opposition to China and Russia. 
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    To return the US to the global stage, Biden must first strengthen the country’s domestic foundations.

To return the US to the global stage, Biden must first strengthen the country’s domestic foundations.

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After four years of “America First” policies under Donald Trump, President Biden has pledged to return the US to a position of leadership on the world stage. Charles A. Kupchan and Peter Trubowitz write that to accomplish this, Biden will first need to rebuild popular support for internationalism at home through programs to support US workers affected by trade, […]

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