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What We’re Reading: The Cause of War and Tyranny

Man, the State, and War:A Theoretical Analysis By Kenneth Waltz As a former international relations student, I have heard the name Kenneth Waltz, the father of...

What We’re Reading: African Literature and Russia Television

Nemtsy By Stas Ivanov Ignoring the Soviet era, Russia has a pretty bad record of film and television production. Even the critical film successes have found...

What We’re Reading: Relatable Pandemics

Vanishing Hour: A Novel of a Man, a Girl, and the End of the World By Lisa King Many have imagined how the end of the...

What We’re Reading: Questioning American Exceptionalism

American Power After Afghanistan By Jessica T. Matthews “American exceptionalism” is a uniquely polarizing idea. Its proponents would have you believe the United States is a...

What We’re Reading: Sober Spy Dramas

The Bureau Created by Eric Rochant To enjoy spy shows, viewers inevitably have to suspend their disbelief. In “Homeland,” when she isn’t bawling or having a...

What We’re Reading: Nordic Noir and Nuance in Latin America

The Wolf and the Watchman By Niklas Natt och Dag Swedish literature is very much its own monster, and “The Wolf and the Watchman” by Niklas...

What We’re Reading: A Legendary Betrayal

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal By Ben Macintyre “A Spy Among Friends,” by British author and journalist Ben Macintyre, tells...

What We’re Reading: Hard Times in the Hill Country and Resilience

Selected Readings of Robert Caro By Robert Caro This past weekend, I was left alone for the first time in a long time thanks to the...

What We’re Reading: American Generals and the Truth About Trade Wars

The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today  By Thomas E. Ricks This study of the evolution of U.S. generals is revealing of...

What We’re Reading: Russian Tragedy and Securing the Western Hemisphere

Train to Samarkand By Yakhina Guzel Shamilevna “Train to Samarkand” is a new novel by Russian writer Guzel Yakhina, who gained notoriety in Russia after her...

What We’re Reading: A History of Uyghur Resistance

The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land By Gardner Bovingdon In “The Uyghurs: Strangers in Their Own Land,” author and professor of Central Eurasian studies Gardner...

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