How the East Was Democratised

okladkaA review of Democratizing Central and Eastern Europe: Successes and Failures of the European Union by Luca Tomini. Publisher: Routledge

 

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An Evolution of Genocide

de waal book 2Great Catastrophe: Armenians and Turks in the shadow of genocide. By: Thomas de Waal. Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom 2015.

 

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A Catastrophe in the Making

stalinA review of Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin. Publisher: Penguin Press, New York, 2014.

 

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The Foreign Policy Wiseman Speaks Again

world-orderLet us briefly consider the epic career of Henry Kissinger – for in this case, “epic” really is the correct word. This is a man (a German Jew who fled Germany in 1938) who fought in the Second World War in the European theatre, earned his PhD in political science at Harvard University and later went on to serve as both national security adviser and secretary of state to US President Richard Nixon (for a time holding these positions simultaneously), and finally as secretary of state to President Gerald Ford. Between 1969 and 1977 Kissinger maintained a large degree of influence over US foreign policy, particularly in pursuing détente with the Soviet Union; establishing formal diplomatic relations between the US and China; and also in his efforts to help end the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. It is no exaggeration to say that in certain areas his legacy as secretary of state is still felt today. When reviewing his accomplishments, it is hard to draw parallels between the career of Kissinger and those of other statesmen.

 

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