This week, the world politics has been revolving mostly around Europe and Ukraine. Public intellectuals and politicians are talking about the Cold War, but this time about a new one. On the other hand, the voices of a carnage in South Sudan reached the media with a week-long delay, while the East is buzzing about Barack Obama's East Asian tour. Let’s get to the readings.
A lot of talking about George F. Kennan these days, but calling the present situation in Ukraine a cold war may be shortsighted. It is important not to let wrong terms lead politics, writes the Guardian.
Read what famous British economist Sir Robert Skidelsky thinks about the present conflict in Ukraine. He argues that Russia and the western countries have to find a common solution, as he probes into the logic of the current standoff.
High politics often leaves people on the low. Huffington Post brings you the photos of Ukraine Crisis taken by a young artist Vanessa Black.
This year, the individuals ranging from Cristiano Ronaldo to Angela Merkel found their place as the most influential on our planet. 57 of them come from North America, while Australia has got only one representative. Check out all the winners.
The Economist tackles the phenomenon of Chinese tourists who are flocking the world over. Their demand for new destinations and tastes will affect the way tourism markets operate. “Printemps, a shop in Paris, has a dedicated entrance for Chinese tour groups; Harrods in London has 100 Union Pay terminals scattered throughout the store. Both are recruiting Mandarin-speaking staff and have Chinese-language websites and maps.” Read more here.
is no secret any more that movies and fiction books find their place in
international relations curricula. Black Hawk Down or Dr Strangelove
are on the list of movies featured in a class on US Grand Strategy. On the other hand, hip-hop has inherited jazz as a favourite “soundtrack” of Washington’s public diplomacy. Jay-Z could be where once Dizzy Gillespie was half a century ago.
Let us know in the comments what readings, long and short, you enjoyed this weekend.
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