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    Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden by Michael Cox

Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden by Michael Cox

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Professor Michael Cox discusses his new book, Agonies of Empire: American Power from Clinton to Biden, which explores how five very different American Presidents have addressed US foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. In so doing, the book examines the deep sources of American power, the crisis many claim the US is now facing and how […]

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    Long Read: Before and After the Towers: Afghanistan’s Forty-Year Crisis

Long Read: Before and After the Towers: Afghanistan’s Forty-Year Crisis

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A newly published special issue of LSE Public Policy Review aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the deeper reasons for the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, covering the whole period from the Soviet invasion of December 1979 through to the final western withdrawal in August 2021. Here Michael Cox introduces the discussions of how the Taliban finally triumphed and […]

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    Book Review: Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan by Ashley Jackson

Book Review: Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan by Ashley Jackson

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In Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan, Ashley Jackson provides fascinating insight into the relationship civilians have with both insurgencies and governments, focusing particularly on the experiences of civilians in Afghanistan. This engaging book makes a vital contribution to reimagining civilian-insurgent relations, writes Christopher Featherstone.

Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan. Ashley Jackson. Hurst. 2021. 

In this timely book, Ashley […]

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    How the US can use economic and soft power to improve human rights and maintain diplomatic leverage in Afghanistan

How the US can use economic and soft power to improve human rights and maintain diplomatic leverage in Afghanistan

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Last summer, the US ended its 20-year presence in Afghanistan, withdrawing its remaining troops and the Taliban quickly reasserting control of the country. Muhammad Ali Nasir writes that rather than making a new mistake by imposing sanctions on Afghanistan, the US should instead should offer support and assistance to make the Taliban militarily and economically dependent on it, at a […]

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    Book Review: Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by Vladislav M. Zubok

Book Review: Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union by Vladislav M. Zubok

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In Collapse, Vladislav M. Zubok examines the fall of the Soviet Union, showing how the collapse was not sudden but rather the result of a long decline with economic strains at the centre. This is a compelling and detailed study that will prove to be the new standard work on a critical period in world history that still has ramifications […]

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    Book Review: Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora by Crystal Nicole Eddins

Book Review: Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora by Crystal Nicole Eddins

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In Rituals, Runaways, and the Haitian Revolution: Collective Action in the African Diaspora, Crystal Nicole Eddins explores the networks of solidarity integral to the Haitian Revolution, showing how the self-mobilisation of enslaved people through collective action forcibly eroded the institution of slavery. Eddins’s work makes a significant contribution to the decolonisation of knowledge through a commendable dialogue between African/diasporic studies, the […]

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    Book Review: Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam by David Biggs

Book Review: Footprints of War: Militarized Landscapes in Vietnam by David Biggs

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Footprints of War by David Biggs offers readers an intriguing new perspective on the long history of military conflict and occupation in central Vietnam by integrating environmental perspectives with more traditional military and political histories. The book is a welcome contribution to creating a richer local history of central Vietnam in the context of the wider Wars for Indochina and […]

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    What does international law have to do with the war in Ukraine?

What does international law have to do with the war in Ukraine?

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What is the relevance of international law to the war in Ukraine? Susan Marks discusses key aspects of the discourse around the ‘rules-based international order’.

With so much bloodshed and destruction and a huge Russian military convoy heading towards Kyiv, I find it hard to develop any kind of coherent perspective on what is going on in Ukraine and how international […]

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    What political science can tell us about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine  

What political science can tell us about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine  

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More than two weeks ago, Russia invaded Ukraine prompting international consternation at this violation of the liberal international order. Omar Shahabudin McDoom looks at how we can use political science to better understand the conflict. He writes on what it may mean for the liberal international order, the responsibility of the international community to intervene in such conflicts to […]

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    Economists discuss the economic fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine

Economists discuss the economic fallout of Russia’s war in Ukraine

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What are the likely economic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the responses by the international community? The Initiative on Global Markets surveyed US and European economists in top universities, including LSE’s Christopher Pissarides and Ricardo Reis. They express their views on the potential fallout for the Russian economy, the European economy, the US dollar’s role as an international […]

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