Into the Hands of the Soldiers
As the Cairo bureau chief of the New York Times from 2011 to 2015, Kirkpatrick arrived in Egypt shortly before the popular uprising against the Mubarak regime; he watched as a new president was elected and then deposed in a military coup that brought a ferocious crackdown on dissent. This eyewitness account of the turmoil combines analysis of Egyptian politics with the author’s experiences among ordinary people caught up in perplexing and heartbreaking events.
War on Peace
The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
US foreign policy has undergone a troubling change in recent decades. Drawing on newly uncovered materials, his own experience in the State Department, and interviews with warlords, whistleblowers and every living Secretary of State including Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton, Farrow analyses the systematic dismantling of the diplomatic service. Under successive presidents, in his view, a shoot-first policy has replaced the skilled, patient statecraft that once secured America’s interests across the globe.
Makers of the Modern World: Sir Robert Borden
Canada’s Prime Minister from 1911 to 1920, Borden went to Paris convinced that the British Dominion of Canada must assume full sovereignty and, by the efforts of his delegation, the country did gain international autonomy, signing the Versailles Treaty in 1919. Slightly off-mint.
A Handful of Bullets
How the Murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Still Menaces the Peace
The assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne in June 1914, this study argues, brought about far more than the outbreak of the First World War; it sowed the seeds of global insecurity in the 21st century, creating four new ‘horsemen of the apocalypse’: weakened states, economic insecurity, religious and political extremism, and environmental crisis. The remedies it proposes lie in fundamental political and economic reform, and a realignment of US strategic priorities.
Memories of a Bygone Age
Qajar Persia and Imperial Russia 1853–1902
The son of a provincial merchant, Prince Arfa rose to the heights of Iranian politics. His memoir, written shortly before his death in 1936, records the decline of the Persian Empire, and his time as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Russian court of Nicholas II.
Where the American Century Began
After the Second World War, the initiative to divide Korea at the 38th Parallel was put forward by America. The war that followed resulted in the death of around three million civilians. This critique of America’s involvement in the Korean War of 1950–53 examines the origins of the conflict, America’s response to China’s involvement, including the chemical weapon bombing campaign, and the legacy of militarism and bitterness that remains in North Korea.
Fighting with Allies
America and Britain in Peace and War
In this updated edition of his 1996 study, the former British Ambassador to Washington explores the history and nature of the ‘special relationship’ between the two countries since 1940. Drawing on his own experience as well as official documents, diaries and memoirs, Robin Renwick examines the perspectives of each side during moments of crisis and conflict, including the Second World War, Suez, the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. With Britain’s role in the world about to be transformed by Brexit, the book assesses the prospects for Anglo-American co-operation.
Who Rules the World?
With his usual incisive analysis, Chomsky surveys the international situation and examines the way in which the United States, although diminished in power since its peak at the end of the Second World War, still sets the terms of global discourse. He asks not only ‘who rules the world?’ but explores how they are proceeding, where their efforts are leading, and how the people can overcome the power of business and nationalist ideology.
The World at the Brink
Never in the Cold War – not even during the Cuban Missile Crisis – did the world come nearer the brink than in 1983. That was the year of Reagan’s ‘Evil Empire’ speech and his Star Wars programme, when the Soviets shot down the Korean flight KAL 007, and a NATO exercise spooked a nervous Andropov into believing war had started for real. Drawing on hundreds of recently discovered documents, this book reveals how close we came to nuclear catastrophe.
Who Lost Russia?
How the World Entered a New Cold War
As a Reuters correspondent in Moscow from 1988 to 1995, Peter Conradi witnessed first-hand the collapse of communism and how ‘something wild, new and untested emerged to take its place’. In this book, he tracks the changes that have taken place in Russia since the 1990s through its relations with the West, from the end of the Cold War, through years of tentative cooperation to a new confrontation.
The Discipline Of Western Supremacy
Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy, Volume III
Concluding a trilogy on foreign relations and political economy, this volume provides an overview of mainstream International Relations as a set of theories which translate Western supremacy into intellectual hegemony.
Step By Step
In the years that followed the Great Depression, with Germany re-arming and the British establishment united in their desire to appease Hitler, Churchill was a voice in the wilderness. This powerful collection of newspaper articles from the period reveals his political foresight as he reports on the Spanish Civil War and the Munich agreement, warns of the inadequacy of Britain’s Navy and aircraft manufacturing, and urges the country to prepare for the inevitable war.
Principles and Power
A Labour politician who believed that foreign policy must have an ethical dimension, Robin Cook was Foreign Secretary throughout Tony Blair’s first term as Prime Minister, from 1997 to June 2001. In 2003, as Leader of the Commons, he resigned from government in protest against the Iraq war. John Williams, who was Cook’s press secretary at the Foreign Office, gives a behind-the-scenes account of a politician whose career illustrates the difficulty of reconciling principles with the compromises of government.
Playing the Great Game
Britain, War and Politics in Afghanistan Since 1839
Edmund Yorke argues that many of the difficulties encountered during British military engagements in Afghanistan over the past 170 years have been caused by politicians' excessive interference in military operations, their failure to provide sufficient resources and their inability to understand the country's complex ethnicity. He also discusses previously unpublished source material that sheds new light on key events of the four Anglo-Afghan wars, and reveals the crucial but underestimated role played by Afghan allies and collaborators.
Great Britain, Germany and The Soviet Union
Rapallo and After, 1922–1934
The treaty of Rapallo was concluded by Germany and the Soviet Union in 1922, and was to have significant consequences for Britain, France and newly created small states in east central Europe. This study focuses on the impact of the treaty and ‘the myth of Rapallo’ – the fear of a secret Russo-German alliance – on British foreign policy between 1922 and 1934, the year which signalled the end of the Rapallo relationship as Germany signed a non-aggression pact with Poland.
The Tail Wags the Dog
International Politics and the Middle East
Western commentators usually attribute the turmoil in the Middle East to interference by global powers such as Britain, France, Russia and the USA. This provocative study aims to overturn that view, arguing that it is the culmination of long-existing trends in the region, from the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire to the rise of Isil, and that only when Middle Eastern people take responsibility for their actions, and the West drops its condescending approach, can the region look forward to a real Arab Spring.