Editors’ Picks

Political and Legal

Economic | Social | Environmental

by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Banerjee and Duflo, 2019 winners of the Nobel Prize in Economics, cover a wide swath of structural and policy issues, consistently emphasizing the importance of dignity for people from all walks of life.

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Military | Scientific | Technological

by Alexander Mikaberidze

In this extraordinary work of scholarship, Mikaberidze provides vital context and global perspective to the epic struggle between France and its European competitors until Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo in 1815.

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The United States

Western Europe

by Anu Bradford

Bradford demolishes myths about Europe’s declining international standing by showing how the European Union’s stringent regulations raise the standards of producers across the globe. This may well be the single most important book on Europe’s influence to appear in a decade.

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by Wolfgang Ischinger

Germany is the only major country that consistently articulates and often acts on a genuinely progressive vision of the global multilateral order. No clearer statement of this pragmatically optimistic outlook can be found than the one elaborated in this important book.

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Western Hemisphere

Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Republics

Middle East

by Thanassis Cambanis, Dina Esfandiary, Sima Ghaddar, Michael Wahid Hanna, Aron Lund, and Renad Mansour

Cambanis and his colleagues have produced a provocative discussion about a particularly challenging kind of armed nonstate actor in the Middle East: the “hybrid actor” who can operate in concert with the state or in competition with it.

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Asia and Pacific

by Daniel C. Mattingly

Looking at the Chinese state’s relationship with rural society, Mattingly describes a dynamic yet delicately balanced system in which the state recruits low-level officials from within local kinship and religious networks.

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Africa

by Sarah G. Phillips

Phillips’s nuanced and provocative study is the most compelling account yet of the recent history of Somaliland, the territory that unilaterally broke away from Somalia in 1991. Her explanation of the country’s success weaves together domestic and international dynamics.

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