New Books Network

Lauren Turek, “To Bring the Good News to All Nations” (Cornell UP, 2020)
Lauren Turek is an Assistant Professor of History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia in 2015 and holds a degree in Museum Studies from New York University. A specialist in U.S. diplomatic history and American religious history, Dr. Turek’s first... Read More
Joyce E. Leader, “From Hope to Horror: Diplomacy and the Making of the Rwanda Genocide” (Potomac Books, 2020)
Earlier this year the world marked the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.  An occasion for mourning and reflection also offered a chance to reflect on the state of research about the genocide. Among the many books that were published in the past year, Joyce E. Leader‘s new book From Hope... Read More
Elizabeth A. Stanley, “Widen the Window” (Avery Press, 2020)
Stress is our internal response to an experience that our brain perceives as threatening or challenging. Trauma is our response to an experience in which we feel powerless or lacking agency. Until now, researchers have treated these conditions as different, but they actually lie along a continuum. In Widen the... Read More
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, “Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink” (Columbia Global Reports, 2020)
This podcast was recorded on May 21st, 2020 – the same day that the Chinese government proposed new national security laws that would give China greater control over Hong Kong. What motivates these laws and what is at stake for Hong Kong, China, and the rest of the world if... Read More
Toshihiro Higuchi, “Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis” (Stanford UP, 2020)
In Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis (Stanford University Press, 2020), Toshihiro Higuchi presents a history of the 1963 Partial Test Ban Treaty, by which the then-nuclear powers, US, USSR, and UK, agreed to cease, among other things, the atmospheric testing of nuclear... Read More
Courtney J. Fung, “China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status” (Oxford UP, 2019)
China is a veto-holding member of the UN Security Council yet Chinese officials have been skeptical of using the powers of the UN to pressure nations accused of human rights violations. The PRC has emphasized the norm of sovereignty and rejected external interference in its own internal affairs. Yet they... Read More
Richard Haass, “The World: A Brief Introduction” (Penguin, 2020)
Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and foreign policy advisor to four U.S. presidents, has written a primer on international relations in his new book The World: A Brief Introduction (Penguin, 2020). In this book Dr. Haass argues that there is no “Vegas rule” for events in... Read More
Andrew Monaghan, “Dealing with the Russians” (Polity, 2019)
Are the generals fighting the last war?  In Dealing with the Russians (Polity, 2019), Andrew Monaghan argues that Western policy makers are using an outdated Cold War model of ideology, language and institutions, which is wholly unsuited for understanding, engaging, and countering where necessary Russia in the 21st century. One... Read More
Ibrahim Fraihat, “Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict” (Edinburgh UP, 2020)
Ibrahim Fraihat’s latest book, Iran and Saudi Arabia: Taming a Chaotic Conflict (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) is much more than an exploration of the history of animosity between Saudi Arabia and Iran and its debilitating impact on an already volatile Middle East. It is a detailed roadmap for management and... Read More