Book cover of Fragile Victory: The Making and Unmaking of Liberal Order by James E. Cronin
International & World Politics

Fragile Victory: The Making and Unmaking of Liberal Order

The liberal democratic order that seemed so stable in North America and Western Europe has become precarious. James E. Cronin argues that liberalism has never been secure and that since the 1930s the international order has had to be crafted, redeployed, and extended in response to both victories and setbacks. […Learn More]

Book cover of Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia by Natalie Koch
History

Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia

The iconic deserts of the American southwest could not have been colonized and settled without the help of desert experts from the Middle East. For example: In 1856, a caravan of thirty-three camels arrived in Indianola, Texas, led by a Syrian cameleer the Americans called “Hi Jolly.” This “camel corps,” the US government hoped, could help the army secure the new southwest swath of the country just wrested from Mexico. Though the dream of the camel corps – and sadly, the camels – died, the idea of  drawing on expertise, knowledge, and practices from the desert countries of the Middle East did not. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today by Hal Brands
International & World Politics

The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today

The United States is entering an era of great-power competition with China and Russia. Such global struggles happen in a geopolitical twilight, between the sunshine of peace and the darkness of war. In this innovative and illuminating book, Hal Brands, a leading historian and former Pentagon adviser, argues that America should look to the history of the Cold War for lessons in how to succeed in great-power rivalry today. […Learn More]

Book cover of Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East by Azriel Bermant
Biography & Autobiography

Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East

Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East examines Thatcher’s policy on the Middle East, with a spotlight on her approach towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It questions claims that she sought to counter the Foreign Office Middle East policy, and maintains that the prime minister was actually in close agreement with the Whitehall bureaucracy on the Arab-Israeli conflict. […Learn More]

Book cover of Dead in the Water: A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy by Matthew Campbell
Business & Money

Dead in the Water: A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy

In July 2011, the oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso was drifting through the treacherous Gulf of Aden when a crew of pirates attacked and set her ablaze in a devastating explosion. But when David Mockett, a maritime surveyor working for Lloyd’s of London, inspected the damaged vessel, he was left with more questions than answers. How had the pirates gotten aboard so easily? And if they wanted to steal the ship and bargain for its return, then why did they destroy it? The questions didn’t add up—and Mockett would never answer them. Soon after his inspection, David Mockett was murdered.  […Learn More]

Book cover of Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates by Emma Ashford
Business & Money

Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates

In a world where oil-rich states are more likely to start war than their oil-dependent counterparts, it’s surprising how little attention is still paid to these so-called petrostates. These states’ wealth props up the global arms trade, provides diplomatic leverage, and allows them to support violent and nonviolent proxies. In Oil, the State, and War, Emma Ashford explores the many potential links between domestic oil production and foreign policy behavior and how oil production influences global politics. […Learn More]

Book cover of Geography Is Destiny: Britain and the World: A 10,000-Year History by Ian Morris
Europe

Geography Is Destiny: Britain and the World: A 10,000-Year History

In the wake of Brexit, Ian Morris chronicles the ten-thousand-year history of Britain’s relationship to Europe as it has changed in the context of a globalizing world.

When Britain voted to leave the European Union in 2016, the 48 percent who wanted to stay and the 52 percent who wanted to go each accused the other of stupidity, fraud, and treason. […Learn More]

Book cover of The Return of Marco Polo's World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century by Robert D. Kaplan
International & World Politics

The Return of Marco Polo’s World: War, Strategy, and American Interests in the Twenty-first Century

In the late thirteenth century, Marco Polo began a decades-long trek from Venice to China along the trade route between Europe and Asia known as the Silk Road—a foundation of Kublai Khan’s sprawling empire. Now, in the early twenty-first century, the Chinese regime has proposed a land-and-maritime Silk Road that duplicates exactly the route Marco Polo traveled. […Learn More]