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Resources: Books Archives - Great Decisions

What to Read: NATO

NATO In Search of a Vision Gulner Aybet, Rebecca R. Moore (Georgetown University Press) 2010 As the NATO Alliance enters its seventh decade, it finds itself involved in an array of military missions ranging from Afghanistan to Kosovo to Sudan. It also stands at the center of a host of regional and global partnerships. Yet, […]

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What to Read: Myanmar

Burma/Myanmar: What Everyone Needs to Know David I. Steinberg (OUP) 2009 In the past two decades, Burma/Myanmar has become a front-page topic in newspapers across the world. This former British colony has one of the most secretive, corrupt, and repressive regimes on the planet, yet it houses a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is and […]

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What to Read: Intervention

The Idea that is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World Ann Marie Slaughter (Basic Books) 2007 In The Idea That Is America, a preeminent foreign policy scholar eloquently reminds us of the essential principles on which our nation was established: liberty, democracy, equality, tolerance, faith, justice, and humility. Our ongoing struggle to […]

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What to Read: Iran

The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran David Crist (Penguin Press) 2012 Much has changed in the world since 1979, but Iran and America remain each other’s biggest national security nightmares. “The Iran problem” is a razor-sharp briar patch that has claimed its sixth presidential victim in Barack Obama and […]

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What to Read: Eurozone

Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance Nouriel Roubini (Penguin Books) 2011 Renowned economist Nouriel Roubini electrified the financial community by predicting the current crisis before others in his field saw it coming. This myth-shattering book reveals the methods he used to foretell the current crisis and shows how those methods can […]

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What to Read: China in Africa

Winner Takes All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World Dambisa Moyo (Basic Books) 2012 Commodities permeate virtually every aspect of modern daily living, but for all their importance—their breadth, their depth, their intricacies, and their central role in daily life—few people who are not economists or traders know how commodity […]

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What to Read: Egypt

Egypt After Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World Bruce K. Rutherford (2008) Egypt’s autocratic regime is being weakened by economic crises, growing political opposition, and the pressures of globalization. Observers now wonder which way Egypt will go when the country’s aging president, Husni Mubarak, passes from the scene: will it embrace Western-style […]

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What to Read: Defense

  America and the World: Conversations on the Future of American Foreign Policy Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, David Ignatius (2009) Basic Books America’s status as a world power remains at a historic turning point. The strategies employed to win the wars of the twentieth century are no longer working, and the US must contend with […]

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