World Affairs

World Affairs

episodes

Interviews with scholars of World Affairs about their new books.

Mark R. Beissinger, "The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion" (Princeton UP, 2022)

July 17, 2024

The Revolutionary City

Mark R. Beissinger
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Examining the changing character of revolution around the world, The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion (Prin…

Sino-Pacific Relations: A Discussion with Rodolfo Maggio

July 15, 2024

Sino-Pacific Relations

Rodolfo Maggio

The 2024 Solomon Islands elections were surprisingly peaceful. The deepening economic inequalities, widespread corruption, rogue demagogues manipulati…

Kristen R. Ghodsee, "Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women's Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War" (Duke UP, 2019)

July 14, 2024

Second World, Second Sex

Kristen R. Ghodsee
Hosted by Marina Kadriu

Last week, I had the privilege to talk with Dr. Kristen R. Ghodsee about her most recent book Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women's Activism and…

Mark L. Haas, "Frenemies: When Ideological Enemies Ally" (Cornell UP, 2022)

July 13, 2024

Frenemies

Mark L. Haas

Alliances among ideological enemies confronting a common foe, or "frenemy" alliances, are unlike coalitions among ideologically-similar states facing …

Eric Thompson, "The Story of Southeast Asia" (NUS Press, 2024)

July 11, 2024

The Story of Southeast Asia

Eric Thompson
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

Does Southeast Asia “exist”? It’s a real question: Southeast Asia is a geographic region encompassing many different cultures, religions, political st…

Laura Robson, "Human Capital: A History of Putting Refugees to Work" (Verso, 2023)

July 9, 2024

Human Capital

Laura Robson
Hosted by Geoffrey Gordon

When Americans and other citizens of advanced capitalist countries think of humanitarianism, they think of charitable efforts to help people displaced…

Miranda Melcher, "Securing Peace in Angola and Mozambique: The Importance of Specificity in Peace Treaties" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

July 8, 2024

Securing Peace in Angola and Mozambique

Miranda Melcher
Hosted by Margot Tudor

Explaining how and why there are such diverging outcomes of UN peace negotiations and treaties, this book offers a detailed examination of peace proce…

Dmitri Alperovitch, "World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the 21st Century" (PublicAffairs, 2024)

July 6, 2024

World on the Brink

Dmitri Alperovitch with Garrett M. Graff
Hosted by Anthony Kao

In his book World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the 21st Century (PublicAffairs, 2024), Dmitri Alperovitch (with Garrett M.…

Daniel Susskind, "Growth: A History and a Reckoning" (Harvard UP, 2024)

July 3, 2024

Growth

Daniel Susskind
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

Daniel Susskind examines the brief and powerful history of economic growth and puts it into perspective with human prosperity in Growth: A History and…

John Soluri, "Creatures of Fashion: Animals, Global Markets, and the Transformation of Patagonia" (UNC Press, 2024)

July 3, 2024

Creatures of Fashion

John Soluri
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Today, the mention of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego conjures images of idyllic landscapes untouched by globalisation. Creatures of Fashion: Animals, …

Michelle Gordon and Rachel O ́Sullivan, "Colonial Paradigms of Violence: Comparative Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Killing" (Wallstein, 2022)

June 29, 2024

Colonial Paradigms of Violence

Michelle Gordon and Rachel O ́Sullivan
Hosted by Kelly McFall

In recent years, scholars have rediscovered Hannah Arendt`s "boomerang thesis" – the "coming home" of European colonialism as genocide on European soi…

Donald Stoker, "Purpose and Power: US Grand Strategy from the Revolutionary Era to the Present" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 25, 2024

Purpose and Power

Donald Stoker
Hosted by Andrew Pace

In our interview, I spoke with Donald Stoker about the changes in American grand strategy over the past 250 years and the major themes from his new …

Orazio Coco, "Sino-Italian Political and Economic Relations: From the Treaty of Friendship to the Second World War" (Routledge, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Sino-Italian Political and Economic Relations

Orazio Coco
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

Sino-Italian Political and Economic Relations: From the Treaty of Friendship to the Second World War (Routledge, 2024) presents a comprehensive narrat…

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony, "The Soviet Union and the Construction of the Global Market: Energy and the Ascent of Finance in Cold War Europe, 1964–1971" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

June 22, 2024

The Soviet Union and the Construction of the Global Market

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony

In The Soviet Union and the Construction of the Global Market. Energy and the Ascent of Finance in Cold War Europe, 1964–1971 (Cambridge University Pr…

Andreas Fulda, "Germany and China: How Entanglement Undermines Freedom, Prosperity and Security" (Bloombury, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Germany and China

Andreas Fulda
Hosted by Jane Richards

Germany and China: How Entanglement Undermines Freedom, Prosperity and Security (Bloomsbury, 2024) is a groundbreaking book, of which the findings hav…

Joanna Siekiera, "21st Century as the Pacific Century: Culture and Security of Oceania States in Great Power Competition" (Warsaw UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

21st Century as the Pacific Century

Joanna Siekiera

With the ever-greater shift of the balance of global power towards the Pacific region, what does this have implications for the geopolitics of the reg…

John Keane and Baogang He, "China's Galaxy Empire: Wealth, Power, War, and Peace in the New Chinese Century" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

China's Galaxy Empire

John Keane and Baogang He
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In China's Galaxy Empire: Wealth, Power, War, and Peace in the New Chinese Century (Oxford University Press, 2024), authors Dr. John Keane and Dr. Ba…

Kira Huju, "Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Cosmopolitan Elites

Kira Huju
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Cosmopolitan Elites: Indian Diplomats and the Social Hierarchies of Global Order (Oxford University Press, 2023) by Dr. Kira Huju narrates the birth, …

David Criekemans, "Geopolitics and International Relations: Grounding World Politics Anew" (Brill, 2021)

June 16, 2024

Geopolitics and International Relations

David Criekemans

Although we live in a globalised world, territorially embedded factors are highly relevant in such domains as security, economy, energy, environment, …

Lydia Walker, "States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 14, 2024

States-in-Waiting

Lydia Walker
Hosted by Vladislav Lilic

Dr. Lydia Walker's deeply researched and carefully narrated debut monograph, States-in-Waiting: A Counter Narrative of Global Decolonization (Cambridg…