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Interviews with scholars of World Affairs about their new books.

The Climate Crisis as a Problem of Collective Action: A Discussion with Dana Fisher

May 18, 2024

The Climate Crisis as a Problem of Collective Action

Dana Fisher

In this episode of International Horizons, Professor Dana Fisher, Director of the Center for Environment, Community, & Equity (CECE) and Professor in …

Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson, "Made in China: When US-China Interests Converged to Transform Global Trade" (Harvard UP, 2024)

May 16, 2024

Made in China

Elizabeth O’Brien Ingleson
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For centuries, the vastness of the Chinese market tempted foreign companies in search of customers. But in the 1970s, when the United States and China…

Lisa Langdon Koch, "Nuclear Decisions: Changing the Course of Nuclear Weapons Programs" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 16, 2024

Nuclear Decisions

Lisa Langdon Koch

Throughout the nuclear age, states have taken many different paths toward or away from nuclear weapons. These paths have been difficult to predict and…

The Politics of Development: A Conversation with Claire Mcloughlin and David Hudson

May 16, 2024

The Politics of Development

Claire Mcloughlin and David Hudson
Hosted by Nic Cheeseman

Development is political but what does that mean for how we solve some of the biggest challenges facing the world today? A pathbreaking new book, The …

Chris Stephen, "The Future of War Crimes Justice" (Melville House, 2024)

May 15, 2024

The Future of War Crimes Justice

Chris Stephen
Hosted by Alex Batesmith

The Future of War Crimes Justice (Melville House, 2024), journalist and war correspondent Chris Stephen takes a colourful look at the erratic history …

Lisa Bhungalia, "Elastic Empire: Refashioning War Through Aid in Palestine" (Stanford UP, 2023)

May 15, 2024

Elastic Empire

Lisa Bhungalia
Hosted by Tugrul Mende

The United States integrated counterterrorism mandates into its aid flows in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the early years of the global war on …

Choi Chatterjee, "Russia in World History: A Transnational Approach" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

May 15, 2024

Russia in World History

Choi Chatterjee
Hosted by Jill Massino

Russia in World History: A Transnational Approach (Bloomsbury, 2022) uses a comparative framework to understand Russian history in a global context. T…

Liliana Doganova, "Discounting the Future: The Ascendancy of a Political Technology" (Princeton UP, 2024)

May 14, 2024

Discounting the Future

Liliana Doganova
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Forest fires, droughts, and rising sea levels beg a nagging question: have we lost our capacity to act on the future? Dr. Liliana Doganova’s book Disc…

What does Biden’s temporary suspension of offensive arms transfers mean for US-Israeli relations?

May 13, 2024

What does Biden’s temporary suspension of offensive arms transfers mean for US-Israeli relations?

Charles Blaha

Charles Blaha, a former State Department expert on the vetting of U.S. weapons transfers to other countries, helps us understand this important moment…

Shelley X. Liu, "Governing After War: Rebel Victories and Post-War Statebuilding" (Oxford UP, 2024)

May 13, 2024

Governing After War

Shelley X. Liu
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Governing After War: Rebel Victories and Post-war Statebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2024) by Dr. Shelley X. Liu explores how wartime processes a…

Jeremy Garlick, "Advantage China: Agent of Change in an Era of Global Disruption" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

May 9, 2024

Advantage China

Jeremy Garlick
Hosted by Nicholas Gordon

China’s rise to global prominence is a pretty good contender for the most important world development in the past 30 years. But now the question is ho…

David Tal, "The Making of an Alliance: The Origins and Development of the US-Israel Relationship" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

May 8, 2024

The Making of an Alliance

David Tal
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

Laying the foundation for an understanding of US-Israeli relations, this lively and accessible book provides critical background on the origins and de…

Donald Stoker, "Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

May 5, 2024

Why America Loses Wars

Donald Stoker
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In this provocative challenge to United States policy and strategy, former Professor of Strategy & Policy at the US Naval War College, and author or e…

Mateo Jarquín, "The Sandinista Revolution: A Global Latin American History" (UNC Press, 2024)

May 4, 2024

The Sandinista Revolution

Mateo Jarquín
Hosted by Katie Coldiron

The Sandinista Revolution and its victory against the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua gripped the United States and the world in the 1980s. But as so…

Harris Mylonas and Maya Tudor, "Varieties of Nationalism: Communities, Narratives, Identities" (Cambridge UP, 2023)

May 4, 2024

Varieties of Nationalism

Harris Mylonas and Maya Tudor

Nationalism has long been a normatively and empirically contested concept, associated with democratic revolutions and public goods provision, but also…

The Rhetoric of Crisis in Israel-Palestine: A Discussion with Amos Goldberg

May 1, 2024

The Rhetoric of Crisis in Israel-Palestine

Amos Goldberg

This week, RBI Director John Torpey speaks with Amos Goldberg, Professor of Holocaust History at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jew…

Hanne Elliot Fønss Nielsen, "Brand Antarctica: How Global Consumer Culture Shapes Our Perceptions of the Ice Continent" (U Nebraska Press, 2023)

May 1, 2024

Brand Antarctica

Hanne Elliot Fønss Nielsen
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Antarctica is, and has always been, very much “for sale.” Whales, seals, and ice have all been marketed as valuable commodities, but so have the stori…

Michael De Groot, "Disruption: The Global Economic Shocks of the 1970s and the End of the Cold War" (Cornell UP, 2024)

April 28, 2024

Disruption

Michael De Groot
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Disruption: The Global Economic Shocks of the 1970s and the End of the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2024), Dr. Michael De Groot argues that…

Stephen Morillo, "War and Conflict in the Middle Ages" (Polity Press, 2022)

April 20, 2024

War and Conflict in the Middle Ages

Stephen Morillo
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In War and Conflict in the Middle Ages (Polity, 2022), Dr. Stephen Morillo offers the first global history of armed conflict between 540 and 1500 or a…

Jeremy Black, "The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History" (Routledge, 2015)

April 14, 2024

The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History (Routledge, 2024), Jeremy Black presents a compact yet comprehensive survey of slavery and its impact on …