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January 2017
From Scarcity to Abundance: The New Geopolitics of Energy
by Michael T. Klare
“The world is beginning to move away from reliance on fossil fuels altogether, rendering obsolete many of the strategic plans intended to ensure the safe flow of oil.”

January 2017
The Tragedy of Obama’s Foreign Policy
by Michael J. Boyle
“Historians may well conclude that Obama glimpsed a different world for American foreign policy but never exerted the kind of strategic direction needed to turn that vision into reality.”

January 2017
Labor Rights in the Age of Global Supply Chains
by Layna Mosley
“[C]hanging the incentives for governments in developing countries is probably necessary—albeit not sufficient—to achieve sustained improvements for workers.” Fourth in a series on labor relations around the world.

January 2017
The Populist Turn in American Politics
by Barry Eichengreen
“[H]istory … suggests taking more seriously concerns about inequality and, specifically, the resentment and alienation of once-privileged groups who feel left behind.”

January 2017
The Nationalist Origins of Political Islam
by Jocelyne Cesari
“[The] incorporation of Islam within state institutions nationalized religious authorities and teachings, giving rise to a hegemonic version of the faith.”

January 2017
Perspective: Why Humanitarian Intervention Still Isn’t a Global Norm
by Rajan Menon
Efforts to press the international community to supersede national sovereignty when necessary to stop atrocities have been hindered by inconsistent application of the principle.

January 2017
Books: Visions of a Borderless World
by Nando Sigona
Donald Trump vows to build a wall while Europe tries to pull up the drawbridge. A new book argues that borders violently enforce inequality, barring the global poor from prosperity.

January 2017
The Month in Review: November 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in November, country by country, day by day.

January 2017
A Statistical Snapshot of the World
by the editors of Current History
Charts

January 2016
After Paris: Good Enough Climate Governance
by Joshua Busby
“[F]or many developing countries, the Paris agreement is better than no deal and an important step in the right direction.”

January 2016
The Global Challenge of the Refugee Exodus
by Gallya Lahav
“The refugee crises…amount to an emerging global challenge facing almost all industrialized liberal democracies, pitting their humanitarian norms against materialist values.”

January 2016
The Troubled Rise of Gay Rights Diplomacy
by Omar G. Encarnación
“It is premature to gauge the full impact of the developed West’s effort to sell gay rights to the developing world, but the early returns are not auspicious…”

January 2016
The International Consequences of Financial Fragility
by Jonathan Kirshner
“The United States is unrepaired and still vulnerable; Europe is hobbled and encumbered by the patchwork straitjacket of its political economy. The rest of the world, less directly affected by the crisis, is actively searching for something different.”

January 2016
Perspective: Cybersurveillance and the New Frontier of Deterrence
by Susan Landau
Why did the Obama administration treat threats against a Hollywood studio over a movie mocking North Korea as a matter of national security? It was sending a message to deter others.

January 2016
Books: Is Religious Freedom a Western Imposition?
by Monica Duffy Toft
A new book finds fault with global campaigns for religious minorities’ rights. Its author misses the interaction of local and international dynamics.

January 2016
Books: Strangers in the Public Sphere
by Joshua Lustig
After the Paris massacres, a polemical essay and a novel provide alternative perspectives on the religious and colonial roots of the present state of emergency.

January 2016
The Month in Review: November 2015
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in November, country by country, day by day.

January 2016
A Statistical Snapshot of the World
by the editors of Current History
Graphs

January 2015
The Global Crisis of the Nation-State
by Aviel Roshwald
“[I]t is the failure to consolidate or maintain national identities that are cohesive yet adaptable, rooted in shared historical memories yet capable of integrating new ones, that helps generate some of the major threats to peace and stability in today’s global environment.” Fourth in a series on resurgent nationalism.

January 2015
The Geopolitics of Cyberspace After Snowden
by Ron Deibert
“The aims of the Internet economy and those of state security converge around the same functional needs: collecting, monitoring, and analyzing as much data as possible.”

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