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    Book Review: Politics Rules: Power, Globalization and Development by Adam Sneyd

Book Review: Politics Rules: Power, Globalization and Development by Adam Sneyd

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In Politics Rules: Power, Globalization and Development, Adam Sneyd confronts the neglect of politics in government and mainstream development circles, stressing the importance of careful, ‘disinterested’ political analysis. While suggesting that there may be no easy way out of the trap of ideology, Gavin Fridell welcomes the book as a thought-provoking and engaging guide that plots conceptual and practical ways […]

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    Canada’s quiet complicity with the increasingly elastic US border

Canada’s quiet complicity with the increasingly elastic US border

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For the past two years, much attention has been paid to the US government’s heavy-handed enforcement practices at its southern border. Emily Gilbert writes that these practices are also taking place on the US-Canada border where refugees are similarly denied the ability to make asylum claims because of their country of origin. She draws attention to the elasticity of […]

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    Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

Book Review: There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince by Greg Beckett

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In There Is No More Haiti: Between Life and Death in Port-au-Prince, Greg Beckett offers a richly detailed, decade-long ethnography of Haiti that digs into how it feels to endure ‘forever crisis’. This deep and thoughtful study shows a sensitivity to the affect of ongoing disaster and the relationship between crisis and ordinariness, contributing to both the literature on Haitian politics and […]

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    Americans lack the stomach for a protracted trade war with China

Americans lack the stomach for a protracted trade war with China

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In recent weeks, the US-China trade war has ratcheted up, with both sides adopting new measures designed to inflict pain on the other’s economy. As US and Chinese leadership attempt to credibly commit to waiting out the other in a bruising economic battle, Thomas Gift explains why China may have the advantage. He argues that Americans are largely unwilling […]

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    Why almost everyone will lose from military intervention in Iran

Why almost everyone will lose from military intervention in Iran

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Recent weeks have seen rising tensions between Iran and the US and UK, following the international effort to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the Iran nuclear deal – in the face of renewed US sanctions and difficulties in trading with the European Union. Alexander Soderholm writes that despite the escalation between both sides, the aftermath of […]

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    Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

Primary Primers: No matter who wins the Democratic primary, an end to ‘Forever War’ is unlikely

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Since 2001, the US has been engaged in a global campaign of counterterrorism operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Tom Watts writes that if a Democrat is elected to the White House in 2020, the ‘Forever/Endless War’ is unlikely to end. As presidential candidates, both Barack Obama and Donald Trump pledged to change how transnational terrorist organisations were fought, […]

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    Trump’s reckless bludgeoning of the Iranian economy won’t force it to capitulate but shows that America still wields massive power.

Trump’s reckless bludgeoning of the Iranian economy won’t force it to capitulate but shows that America still wields massive power.

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In recent weeks President Trump has put increasing pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, with the Persian Gulf nation responding by shooting down a US drone and harassing shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Christian Emery writes that President Trump’s ability to harm the Iranian economy through sanctions, over the objections of China and the EU, illustrates that […]

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    Book Review: Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order by Bruno Maçães

Book Review: Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order by Bruno Maçães

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In Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order, Bruno Maçães discusses the contours and possibilities of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an expansive project that explicitly seeks to reconfigure the contemporary global economy with socioeconomic and geopolitical implications for each of the countries involved. Maçães’s thorough analysis succeeds in capturing the exuberance as well as the apprehension generated by the […]

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    Primary Primers: Three reasons why foreign policy negotiations during the 2020 campaign season are a bad idea

Primary Primers: Three reasons why foreign policy negotiations during the 2020 campaign season are a bad idea

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As both campaign and as presidential rhetoric, Donald Trump has boasted of his deal making prowess. However, like for all other presidents before him, the deals that Donald Trump makes internationally will be informed by US domestic politics – especially in the lead-up to a presidential election. Looking to the past, Andrew Payne writes that while previous administrations have […]

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    Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M. Walt

Book Review: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy by Stephen M. Walt

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In The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of US Primacy, Stephen M. Walt offers a character study of three US administrations and the vast network of think tanks and policy wonks that have influenced the trajectory of America’s recent foreign policy – from its political victories to its fiascoes. This book will be rewarding reading for […]

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