With the May edition of International Affairs published, the book reviews section has featured over 120 books so far this year. If that sounds like an overwhelming number, fret not; these Top 5 books blogs are here to help! In this round-up, Book Reviews Editor Mariana Vieira highlights five impressive books from our May issue, exploring peace negotiations in South Africa, mapping China’s charm offensive and rethinking sovereignty, as well as the origins of nuclear dependence. Unlike the prospect of springtime in London, this selection will not disappoint!
It starts with doubt. A country’s leader—someone who was elected—laments the decline of journalism. Then, maybe, a law bans “fake news.” Soon, sure enough, a critic is arrested. Democracy reaches a breaking point. Reporting under the shadow of authoritarianism isn’t impossible, but it is dangerous work. Surveillance becomes oppressive; officials grow increasingly bold. Some journalists try to start anew in exile, which is logistically complicated, beyond the culture shock of resettling in a foreign land. Some abandon state-controlled outlets in favor of social media, where they must make an individual case for their relevance and wade through harassment. Some seek allies across borders, hoping that justice will eventually reach home. Some try to make space for themselves, finding a compartment that no one has thought to search and destroy—yet. All over the world, the resilience of the press is paired with grief.
Whether the US and China are in fact slouching towards a new “Cold War” or not, one thing is certain: Commerce between them is still hotter than ever.
In the 10 years since Xi Jinping took power as China’s leader, trade volumes between the world’s top two economies have continued to grow. The same is true of Chinese trade with key US allies like the EU and, to a lesser extent, Japan.
In fact, US-China trade has continued to rise despite the Great US-China Trade War of 2018-2020, when the Trump administration and Beijing slapped tariffs on some $730 billion of each other’s goods. In 2022, US-China trade reached a dizzying record high of $689 billion. For comparison with the actual Cold War — US-Soviet trade throughout the entire 1980s amounted to less than $50 billion.
Cembrero: “Marruecos solo ha cumplido con el control de la inmigración”
El periodista hace balance en Ceuta de las relaciones bilaterales después de la crisis de 2021 y el “nuevo partenariado” | No ve la mano del país vecino en la corrupción electoral de Melilla ni cree que haya “chantajeado” a Sánchez
Dos años después de la crisis migratoria que convulsionó Ceuta en mayo de 2021 (“la invasión pacífica”, la ha denominado aunque ha recordado que hubo tres fallecidos) y pasados casi catorce meses de la firma en Rabat entre el rey de Marruecos, Mohamed VI, y el presidente del Gobierno de España, Pedro Sánchez, de la declaración que formalizó una “nueva etapa de partenariado” entre ambos países con supuestas grandes ventajas para las ciudades autónomas, el periodista Ignacio Cembrero se ha desplazado este viernes al campus local para hacer balance de lo acontecido desde ambas fechas de referencia.
Is the US to blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?
That’s what Jeffrey Sachs thinks. In a recent op-ed titled “The War in Ukraine Was Provoked,” the Columbia University professor – a man I’ve known and respected for a solid 25 years, who was once hailed as “the most important economist in the world” and who’s played a leading role in the fight against global poverty – argues that the United States is responsible for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to attack Ukraine 15 months ago.
This claim is morally challenged and factually wrong, but it is not a fringe view. Many other prominent figures such as political scientist John Mearsheimer, billionaire Elon Musk, conservative media star Tucker Carlson, and even Pope Francis have made similar assertions, echoing the Kremlin’s narrative that Russia is but a victim of Western imperialism.
The U.S. military said Tuesday that a Chinese fighter jet flew aggressively close to a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft over the South China Sea, forcing the American pilot to fly through the turbulent wake.
The Chinese J-16 fighter pilot “flew directly in front of the nose of the RC-135,” which was conducting routine operations in international airspace last Friday, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said in a statement. It called the Chinese move an » unnecessarily aggressive maneuver.”
U.S. defense leaders have complained that China’s military has become significantly more aggressive over the past five years, intercepting U.S. aircraft and ships in the region. And tensions with China have only grown in recent months over Washington’s military support and sales of defensive weapons to self-governing Taiwan, China’s assertions of sovereignty to the contested South China Sea and its flying of a suspected spy balloon over the U.S.