Why is something known as a global public good, the opportunity to trade and gain more from it, something that has to be defended ? Globalization is indeed such an irony. But it is an irony that is ...

Ulrich Beck, now a professor emeritus at London School of Economics, is unlike other academics. His forays into sociology seeks to make sociology real, or, as deeply connected as he can to the lay ...

The amazing presidential victory of President Barack H.Obama eight years in 2008 ago is now coming to a close. But how did Obama gain the ballast to win the presidency in the first place ?James Mann, ...

How do states form their alliances, and when do they abandon them if at all ? Stephen M Walt began this book by asking how do states "make friends" ? Indeed, when faced with a turbulent world, marked ...

It has been reported by The New Yorker that President Elect Trump, not unlike President George Bush, has not paid much attention to the classified briefings. One can only hope that come January 20 ...

The late Kenneth N Waltz was a mathematician, who subsequently took to studying political science, eventually becoming a professor at University of California, Berkley and Columbia University. But ...

"Theory of International Politics," as written by Kenneth N. Waltz purports to understand great power politics from the standpoint of "structural" or "systemic anarchy."When an international system's ...

Mohammad El Erian is not your typical American of Egyptian background. He has led PIMCO, one of the largest private equities in the world, and subsequent to that, led the endowment of Harvard ...

The global economy is stagnant, regardless of what the headlines say. Be it China, or, the US, there is a limit to what those big-sized economies can do. Why the limit ? When they actually do them, ...

Alastair Iain Johnston, a Canadian who became a top Sinologist in Harvard University as early as late 1990s, is one of the first to look into Chinese state-craft in a detailed and systematic light; ...

"China Joins the World: Progress and Prospect" takes into account the many agreements that China have signed on; especially its ascension to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Becoming part of the ...

The rise of Japan is not a new thing. In the 19th century, through intensive reforms known as Meiji Reformation, Asia had witnessed the first inkling of a Japanese ascent. The problem with Japan's ...

"Who Are We ? The Challenges to America's National Identity," is a work of scholarship that deserves utmost respect. It asked all the right questions, and proceeded with some of the most provocative ...

There was a time in 1980s when Communist regimes fell like bowling pins. And, they fell, simply because their people decided to vote with their feet. Instead of challenging the regimes head-on, they ...

The delicate process of writing history comes in the form of mastering all sources well; often having to read multiple languages. The Ph.D. degrees in Harvard and other top universities in the US ...

"China and East Asia: After the Wall Street Crisis," begins on the premise that the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 was in principle an American financial crisis. The sub-prime mortgage debacle ...

Exceptional political economists, the likes of which can zero in on corruption and insidious political practices, are hard to come by. Even if they exist, many have to write under a different name; ...

Despite the capitalization of the word "diplomacy," Henry Kissenger's book is a master piece on the diplomacy in Europe, not the rest of the world. The book, however, is sufficiently important, to ...

Minxin Pei is one of the rare species in the field of Sinology: he actually has the temerity to take on the beast that is China ! As a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace, ...

Free trade is a generalization that is often confounded by its own reality. Governments, formed of different regime types, and ideological fervor, can only remain in power if they respond to the ...

Cheng Li (his proper Mandarin enunciation is Li Cheng), is a leading Sinologist with a twist. Based in Brookings Institution, Washington DC over the last two decades. His niche is leadership dynamics ...
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