Category Archives: International Relations

Book Review: Belarus And Moldova: Country Studies

Belarus And Moldova:  Country Studies, by Helen Fedor Belarus and Moldova are the two post-Soviet states that are the most closely tied to Russia and are not coincidentally the two post-Soviet states that are the least successful in having moved … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Neutrals

The Neutrals, by Denis J. Fodor It is perhaps not surprising that the various neutrals of World War II should find themselves shifting in response to the course of the war and that regardless of their own desire to remain … Continue reading

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Book Review: Moldova Quo Vadis

Moldova Quo Vadis:  Neutrality And European Integration?  Problems Of Policy, by Igor Talcan This thesis is an interesting one and it looks at the problem of Moldova’s troubled attempts to integrate with Europe over the past thirty years in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Dynamic Of Secession

The Dynamic Of Secession, by Viva Ona Bartkus One thing this book does very well is to point out the conditions that are required for secession movements to happen and how it is that they have shifted in recent decades … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hero: The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia

Hero:  The Life And Legend Of Lawrence Of Arabia, by Michael Korda This book, a sprawling effort of about 700 pages, sufficiently demonstrates the difficulty of writing about its subject.  There are a variety of reasons for that–the subject remains … Continue reading

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Book Review: Seven Pillars Of Wisdom: A Triumph

Seven Pillars Of Wisdom:  A Triumph, by T.E. Lawrence This sprawling book of more than 650 pages is evidence simultaneously of the reason why autobiographies cannot be trusted and also why they cannot be rejected out of hand either.  As … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lawrence In Arabia

Lawrence In Arabia:  War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, And The Making Of The Modern Middle East, by Scott Anderson It is probably best not to know how the modern Middle East was made.  This book focuses on a small set of … Continue reading

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Cyprus: A Case Study On The Problems Of Trust

According to the UNDP, solid majorities of both Greek and Turkish Cypriots do not believe that the other side is willing to make the compromises that would be necessary for both to live in the same country in peace.  As … Continue reading

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North Macedonia And The Benefits Of Squashing Beefs

It may be an unpalatable truth to admit, but the behavior of nations when it comes to diplomacy is not always handled at the most rational and mature manner.  In 1991, the nation of North Macedonia [1] declared its independence … Continue reading

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Book Review: From Third World To First

From Third World To First:  The Singapore Story:  1965-2000, by Lee Kuan Yew This is a big book, coming in at about 700 pages.  In reading this book I was struck by both its similarities and its differences with Margaret … Continue reading

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