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Here is this week's selection:
What is the meaning of the Crisis in Ukraine?
Center for International Policy Studies from Ottawa features some prominent scholars who explain the situation in Ukraine from various angles. Read these quick takes by Alexandra Gheciu, David Petrasek, Paul Robinson, Gerd Schönwälder, Srdjan Vučetić, and Benjamin Zyla to improve your understanding of the current crisis.
Realists and Liberals debate Ukraine: Geopolitics or Liberal Order?
The two authors discuss the meaning of the present situation in Ukraine for international order and the role for the United States. Walter Russell Mead writes that the West has though the geopolitics has disappeared after the Cold War, but that it is now back. On the other hand, G. John Ikenberry argues for the power of liberal international order instead of falling for the trap of geopolitics in finding a solution.
ECONOMY AND IDEAS:
Thomas Piketty knows how to spark global debate
This may be the most influential economics book written in this century (so far), or at least if it is to judge by its influence in the public debate this week. Everyone is talking about Mr Piketty, a French economist who wrote a book about global inequality. Here are the reviews by Skidelsky and Casiddy, if you don't have time to read all 640 pages of his Capital in the 21st Century.
China's century starts now?
As MUNPlanet wrote this week, the likelihood of China's overtaking US as the biggest economy in terms of PPP claimed significant media attention. Read more in this Bloomberg article.
Trade growth is about ideas, not about stuff
Neil Irwin takes this point from a recent McKinsey report and puts it in the context of global trade and investment. Read more in this New York time article.
Routledge and SAGE: Free Social Sciences Books and Publications in May
Routledge offers a whole range of books for preview, from cover to cover.
SAGE offers titles and journals in Politics and International Relations.
Happy reading, and let us know about your favorite readings this week!