What We’re Reading: Making America and the Caucasus

Weekly reviews of what's on our bookshelves.

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American Nations: A History of Eleven Rival Regional Cultures by Colin Woodard There’s no denying a deep social divide exists in the United States. Most anyone in the country has asked, “Who in their right mind could think that?” when reading or listening to the latest national news. The feeling is universal and independent of where one’s political beliefs fall on the ever-widening political spectrum in the United States. I turned to Colin Woodard’s book with the goal of gaining more insight into the regional and social divides prevalent in the U.S. today. Woodard’s primary argument is that the United States is not a single nation-state but rather a state composed of multiple nations. The book can be divided into three main sections: the foundation of the different nations, historical rivalry between the nations and the present expression of these nations in modern politics. “American Nations” lays out the differences among the different groups of Europeans who settled North America, with emphasis on the United States. The reader is reminded of the importance and lasting impact of French, Spanish and Dutch settlements in addition to the British settlements. The author outlines how British settlement varied as distinct subgroups from the […]

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Allison Fedirka
Allison Fedirka is the director of analysis for Geopolitical Futures. In addition to writing analyses, she helps train new analysts, oversees the intellectual quality of analyst work and helps guide the forecasting process. Prior to joining Geopolitical Futures, Ms. Fedirka worked for Stratfor as a Latin America specialist and subsequently as the Latin America regional director. She lived in South America – primarily Argentina and Brazil – for more than seven years and, in addition to English, fluently speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Ms. Fedirka has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and international studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s degree in international relations and affairs from the University of Belgrano, Argentina. Her thesis was on Brazil and Angola and south-south cooperation.
Ekaterina Zolotova
Ekaterina Zolotova is an analyst for Geopolitical Futures. Prior to Geopolitical Futures, Ms. Zolotova participated in several research projects devoted to problems and prospects of Russia’s integration into the world economy. Ms. Zolotova has a specialist degree in international economic relations from Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. In addition, Ms. Zolotova studied international trade and international integration processes. Her thesis was on features of economic development of Venezuela. She speaks native Russian and is fluent in English.