On the contrary, although most Southeast Asian nations strongly wish to avoid choosing sides between the two main powers, unless the US ups its game and applies its diplomatic weight more skilfully this coming year will see parts of Southeast Asia slowly sliding ever closer towards China. Hardcover. Ukraine and the Art of Strategy (Lawrence Freedman). 4.8 out of 5 stars 14,000. Frankopan… Author(s): Peter Frankopan, Jairus Victor Grove contends that we live in a world made by war. But is this order now being supplanted by a new global reality; one defined by the… Author(s): Niall Ferguson, Fareed Zakaria, et al. International Law and the Post-Soviet Space I: Essays on Chechnya and the Baltic States (Thomas D. Grant) We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to our highly-involved readership, who have followed up each of our articles with excellent discussions on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. A recent tongue-in-cheek musing by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro: “I am thinking – which government should I overthrow next?” was meant as a riposte against his nearby counterpart, Ecuadorian premier Lenin Moreno, after being accused of orchestrating swirling protests in Quito. Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor at King’s College London, provides the authoritative account of the conflict that erupted after the EuroMaidan revolution in February 2014. Dr. Grant draws from history when discussing the Baltic States and Chechnya while looking to the present and future to expound on the legal ramifications of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the separatist movements in the Donbas, as well as providing the reader with a strong foundation to understand how international law operates, and how bodies such as the International Court of Justice confront transgressions of the norms of international law. Picture credit: The Reading Room of the British Museum, by Riccardo Cambiass. The former (since made into an excellent HBO television series) is a visceral, often darkly funny account of the USMC entering Iraq and conducting rapid combined arms manoeuvres. For the coming year, understanding the extent of Iranian influence across the region will be key, as will be understanding the inner workings of the Iranian state. Lastly, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have overcome their volatile political situations, it now remains to be seen how the countries fare in 2020. Assad has all but won in Syria and the international community and his own people are coming to terms with it. At least a quarter of a million people have been killed or injured by suicide attacks since Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in arguably the first planned suicidal explosion in 1881. As a renowned scholar in the inter-related fields of law, strategy, and history, Bobbitt’s Terror and Consent is absolutely indispensable in getting to grips with the changing world in which we live at the grand strategic level. My latest book, ‘A New Silk Road: India, China and The Geopolitics of Asia‘, has a close connection with Siasat.com.In 2020 even as a Covid outbreak began to plague the world, I got into discussions with Zaheeruddin Ali Khan, Managing Editor of Siasat.com where I explained to him how China was a major threat to India. The international community also seems to be finally waking up to the situation in Xinjiang and the treatment of Muslim Uighurs, and protests in Hong Kong against mainland interference have raged since June and show no sign of stopping. With Taiwan going to the polls in January, and incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen having staged a strong comeback in the opinion polls in no small part due to her vocal support of the Hong Kong protesters, perhaps Beijing has refrained from taking action that could further perpetuate another four-year headache of DPP rule in Taipei. Geopolitics and the Quest for Dominance (2015), Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place), Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations, The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World, Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World, Democratic Ideals and Reality / The Geographical Pivot of History, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About, Best Beginner Photography Books: The Ultimate List, Best Grimdark Fantasy Books You Must Read. Russia is its own entity in the world – neither European nor Asian, neither modern nor ancient. Given Dr Rogers’ formidable grasp on the topic, “Drone Warfare” is sure to be a deeply enlightening and informative read. : The Munk Debates (2017), 11. As a CIA targeting officer, Nada Bakos was one of the people tasked with hunting down the fearsome Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, the group which eventually became Islamic State. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page. While many regimes may continue to target seemingly bigger issues throughout 2020, this may leave them under prepared for the driving undercurrents of the Middle Eastern street, and the following is recommended for deeper insight into the nuanced perspectives one should have about the coming changes: Asia has slipped somewhat from global focus in 2019, yet the situation remains as volatile as it did in 2018, as tensions between the United States and China have simmered on and President Trump’s unpredictable foreign policy course has placed economic relations in the region on a knife edge. An understanding of the foundations of this relationship is essential for those wishing to navigate the continuing impact of the rift in 2019. Iain Overton’s new book argues they have shaped the modern world to a surprisingly significant degree. With this article, Mackinder created the modern field of geopolitics. With Brexit bringing the never-quite-went-away spectre of violence in Northern Ireland back into focus, getting to grips with this oft-misunderstood conflict is critical. Once upon a time, and once again, this region is home to the Great Game, no longer a term for the historians alone. Best Sellers in Books #1. The recent withdrawal of the US military from Syrian Rojava has left the Kurdish people – who long played the bloody role of the principal resistance against the Islamic State – vulnerable and betrayed. McKittrick and McVea explore the history, ideology and heartbreak of the decades-long conflict in a fair and compelling way, making this difficult history accessible to those without a significant background in Northern Irish history. Nigel Warburton, Five Books philosophy editor and author of Thinking from A to Z, selects some of the best books on critical thinking—and explains how they will help us make better informed decisions and construct more valid arguments. Rather than serve as the 5th estate, mass media has become the mouthpiece of corporations and governments, in a positioning that appears to be directly opposed to its intended existence as a check-on-power. Couch, a former Navy SEAL and CIA Paramilitary officer has written similar books about the selection process for US Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Marine Critical Skills Operators and now the Army Rangers. This volume will turn any reader’s understanding of terrorism on its head and give them great pause for thought and reflection. Despite the abrupt drop in Jihadi terrorism-related deaths in Europe in recent years, Islam and migration-related issues continue to be heavily scrutinised from a security and political perspective, and this year has seen several incidents of far-right, anti-immigrant/islamic violence. Bakos’s memoir reads like a thriller, combining break-neck action, poignant reflections, and fascinating insights, giving readers a peek behind the curtain into the world intelligence-gathering and counterterrorism. Enemies became partners. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From the stalled-but-ever-bloody war in Yemen to counter Iran-backed Houthi rebels, to their efforts to expand a presence across the Horn of Africa while building up their own military capabilities, the wealthy Gulf States appear to be scrambling to cement their own power in their near abroad. Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia(Alexander Cooley & John Hathershaw). list of suggestions for those seeking to better understand the coming year’s geopolitical movements, including academic textbooks, historical studies and insights from some of the world’s greatest geopolitical minds. Not my first time recommending Stavridis for the end-of-year reading list from possibly the most published Admiral; this work of the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Dean is an update on the seminal Influence of Seapower Upon History by Alfred Thayer Mahan. As such, the world looks different when viewed from the Kremlin, and what is irrational to the West is common sense in Moscow. Before Russia invaded Ukraine, it invaded Georgia. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World (2017), 9. Not so in the United States, however. In Mozambique, Ansar al Sunnah continue to gradually increase the frequency of attacks against civilians and security forces in the North. Looking for the best Geopolitics books? Understanding Israel’s place in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East will likely be highly important in 2020 as these developments continue, and the following are recommended reads: Moving north from the Gulf, the Levant is in a period of consolidation with the ground and air campaigns in Syria, and particularly Iraq, largely over. The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House (Nada Bakos). Many of these challenges overlap and interact with each other and will be impacted by developments in emerging technologies, demographic shifts, and socio-cultural factors. The biggest story in South Asia for 2019 has been Kashmir, which has seen an abrupt change in the status quo, with far reaching implications. Winner of the 2019 ENMISA Distinguished Book Award from the International Studies Association. Produced by Rose Friedman, Petra Mayer, Beth Novey and Meghan Sullivan | Executive Producer: Ellen Silva About. Across Central & South Asia and Africa, Chinese infrastructure projects continue to develop while little by little, small contingents of Chinese security forces are deployed in force-protection roles, garnering much suspicion along the way. Al Qaeda affiliates in the Sahel already benefit from taxing the West African drug smuggling corridor, however gaining control of any territory closer to the Gulf of Guinea is highly unlikely. The result is a playing field sharply tilting against the United States.“Geoeconomics, the use of economic instruments to… Author(s): Ambassador Robert D. Blackwill, Jennifer M. Harris, In the bestselling tradition of The World Is Flat and The Next 100 Years, THE ACCIDENTAL SUPERPOWER will be a much discussed, contrarian, and eye-opening assessment of American power. The following are recommended for understanding the key players in the White House: In addition to the turbulent administration, increasingly stressed internal divisions have gripped America in 2019, and will almost certainly continue to deepen in the coming year. Charlie Song – Espionage and Global Security Analyst, Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger (Dick Couch). Protests against Putin grew in strength this year, and if the government continues to sacrifice the economic well-being of their own people in favour of maintaining their support for the frozen conflict in Donetsk and Luhansk, 2020 may see protests against the government grow once more. Evan Wright brings the flair of Rolling Stone to his writing, painting vivid pictures of terrible scenes, difficult decisions, and the dichotomy of terrible leaders, great leaders, and an over-caffeinated driver. Hulsman explores the concept that, rather than a naturally dangerous political world threatening our stability and safety, it is in fact a strange type of political self-harm that carries the greatest threat. As one of the more expeditionary major powers in the world at the moment, it is vital to understand how Russia sees the world and its place in it and what strategies it is deploying in pursuit of its goals. In a broader sense, geopolitics studies the general relations between countries on a global scale. Disclosure: Purchases made using the links in this article earn referral payments for Encyclopedia Geopolitica. Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World (2019), 10. 16 Best Political Books to Read Before the 2021 Election Dive into candidate memoirs, the Mueller report, and narrative histories to stay informed for November 2020. The protest movements in Sudan, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq might point to a second Arab Spring movement. I do see the geopolitical explanation, when I open the map, but that's pretty much it. 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Whether the withdrawal will be turned around with a tweet, or if there is a sizeable shift after a change in President remains to be seen. His book is the best treatment of the dilemmas you face if you actually try to put your ideals into practice in the world. The Management of Savagery (Max Blumenthal). These operations have been on display in Crimea, Moldova, and Montenegro, and have extended even to major democracies such as France the United Kingdom, and the United States. Showing the interplay of commerce and war-fighting at sea through history, he weaves that into prescriptive goals for seagoing nations in the near future. The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate (2013), 8. Despite the regime’s geographical gains and the populace’s war-weariness, Syria is divided, and may simply be a powder keg awaiting a spark. Although published in 2002, this book is as relevant today as it was then, especially in the age of post-truth politics and deliberate manipulation of the mass media. Although many observers have been surprised by the level of restraint shown by Beijing in dealing with Hong Kong, the question remains as to how long the government will continue to tolerate the insurrection. £7.00 #38. With the departure of the ever-resistant UK, Brussels is likely to continue towards building a more integrated European Army in 2020. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky). 2019 has proven to be another exciting year for Encyclopedia Geopolitica, which celebrated its 3rd birthday earlier this month. 2020 should see the transition period of the UK’s departure begin, and will almost certainly be a determining watershed for the following decades of British domestic and international geopolitics, and as such the following books are worthwhile reads for understanding the factors that have driven this situation: One of the most interesting developments of recent years has been the growing EU-US geopolitical rift, driven by myriad factors but most notably by strains placed upon the traditional closeness by a volatile US administration and scrutiny of the NATO alliance. If this is the case and January’s election does return Tsai Ing-wen to power, China could well decide the damage has been done and take a harder line in dealing with Hong Kong’s dissenters. Author(s): Tim Marshall, History and geography delineate the operation of power, not only its range but also the capacity to plan and the ability to implement. Using new pertinent case studies and guided exercises the title explains the contemporary global power of the United States and the challenges it is facing, the persistence of nationalist conflicts, migration, cyberwar, terrorism, and environmental geopolitics. In the current era of populism, Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, and Five-Star, this is a lesson of crucial importance. Geopolitics: The Geography of International Relations (2014), 4. Understanding the mechanics of civil unrest will be critical for geopolitics watchers in 2020. See all 27 stories. He teaches applied geopolitics at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and his most recent book is Us vs. Encyclopedia Geopolitica readers have access to a 30-day free trial for Kindle Unlimited, allowing them to sample over 1 million ebooks and thousands of audiobooks. Meanwhile, environmental concerns appear to be reaching a breaking point, with massive eco-protests taking place across the continent. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place) (2016), 2. 2020 has the potential to be a turbulent domestic year in Russia. Assad’s main issue now is attempting to regain normality, to heal divisions if at all possible, and maintain his sovereign borders. The theme of Commerce presents the view of Indians when the country is becoming more aware of its growing economic clout, particularly with its largest neighbour just across the Himalayas too becoming an economic powerhouse. Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject. In this annual piece – which supplements our regular geopolitical book reviews – we put forward our (rather expansive at 210 books!) Edwin Tran – Levant Socio-Economics Analyst. Best books of 2020: These 13 titles scored perfect 4-star reviews from USA TODAY's critics Barbara VanDenburgh, USA TODAY Published 2:44 pm UTC Dec. 11, 2020 Updated 6:30 pm UTC Dec. 11, 2020 Election Year and impeachment politics will have a significant effect on the apolitical services, and may drive some unpredictable military operations. The result is a book that is not just a fascinating guide to understanding Chinese policy but a worthy read on the subject of strategy itself. Iraq has far greater issues, in a burgeoning democracy it doesn’t play well to use lethal force against peaceful protests. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Making Sense of the Troubles (David McKittrick & David McVea). Meanwhile, however, in Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and West Africa, lesser-known insurgencies bubble insidiously, further from the eyes of Western media. His successor will have to grapple with these issues against the backdrop of a country attempting to rebuild itself from the horrors of the Islamic State. These examples are powder kegs which could not only escalate at any moment, plunging the immediate area further into conflict, but could set off chain reactions that embroil the world in war. In Ukraine, meanwhile, President Zelensky faces the prospect that even he may be unable to break Ukraine free of the oligarchs, potentially causing his support to wane. Understanding this frozen-but-deadly conflict will be critical for those wishing to understand South Asian geopolitics in 2020: Pakistan is staring at a balance of payments crisis in the near future, and has taken out larger loans from the IMF and China. Simon Schofield – Deputy Editor and Terrorism and CBRN Analyst, Cocktails from Hell: Five Complex Wars Shaping the 21st Century (Col Austin Bay). He is seen as a legend and mentor amongst the US Military’s officer and enlisted ranks, and as such this is required reading for all seeking to understand the mindset of the US war-fighting machine. However, the authors chose to limit their vision only to North America, Europe and Asia. As a result, its geopolitical shifts in the year to come will not go unnoticed. The following reads are suggested in order to better understand the conditions that gave birth to the movement, the likely course of Islamic Extremism in 2020, and the strategies that will be employed to counter them: Libya remains tattered and in a state of turmoil, with rival governments competing for legitimacy while international powers remain divided over which factions to support. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics (2016), 13. Hollywood, half magic and geopolitics: books read THE RKO STORY by Richard B. Jewell is one of a series of coffee-table studio histories that came out several decades ago, giving the behind-the-scenes stuff along with a year-by-year, film-by-film account of production. Well documented and researched, this book ensures that its reader will never look at the nightly news the same way again. Near the end of the Second World War, the United States made a bold strategic gambit that rewired the international system. It is an unfortunate reality that most foreign viewpoints about India and its community are dominated by the social evil of the caste system. Geopolitics, he maintains, is as much about ideas and perception as it is about the actual spatial dimensions of power. Eamon Driscoll – Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States Analyst. Approaching state strategy and policy from the spatial angle, Jeremy Black argues that just as the perception of power is central to issues of power, so place, and its constraints and relationships, is partly a matter of perception, not merely map coordinates. America still too often reaches for the gun over the purse to advance its interests abroad. This will remain more of a realistic concern as the growing insurgency digs deeper into Mali, Mauritania and Chad in the coming year, where it faces embedded French, US and international special forces. Read 11 499 reviews from the world's largest community for re… Best in Business 16 New Business Books You Need to Read in 2020 From the battle to be king of meatless meat to entrepreneurs' skirmishes with Amazon … France’s Gilets Jaunes movement have paralysed much of the country on a regular basis, drawing extensive tax concessions and tempering reformist President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to radically reshape the French economy. Understanding the region’s precarious and often ageing monarchies will continue to prove vital in 2020, with several possible opportunities for royal successions throughout the region. Freedman charts the course of the conflict, from its turbulent beginnings of pressure on former President Yanukovych to turn away from Europe, to the failure of the Minsk peace process and how domestic politics developed, both in Ukraine and in Russia. While these divides will be largely domestic in nature, their impact will be felt around the world. This book is recommended reading for anyone wanting to understand how terrorists think and act or how America hunts those terrorists down. Whether this view is correct or not, the continuing use of SOF has raised their profile and, with a public driven to know more about them, have spawned a genre of books written about or even by Special Operators, with varying degrees of accuracy and quality. In fact, Bolsonaro and his Economy Minister have persisted in holding up Chile’s market-focused policy agenda as the blueprint for reforms for Brazil – a plan that appeals less and less to the Brazilian elites after near-unprecedented protests in Santiago prompted the sacking of the entire Chilean Cabinet. Despite this, former Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika’s poor health and progressing age led to him stepping down in 2019, while King Salman of Saudi Arabia’s age and supposed dementia have led to the ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman taking the reins. Please note that this booklist is not final. To understand where Iraq is going you must understand where it has come from. Blog e-ir.info/category/blogs Facebook fans 39.7K ⋅ Twitter followers 22.6K ⋅ Domain Authority 61 ⋅ Alexa Rank 74.2K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact. This book discusses Central Asia not as a realm separate from the globalisation and progress of the 21st century, but as one where globalisation has planted its flag most strongly, and is beginning to antagonise the latent forces of radical Islam. Your next book is Stanley Hoffman’s, Duties Beyond Borders, about the possibilities and limits of having an ethical foreign policy. Once upon a time, and once again, this region is home to the Great Game, no longer a term for the historians alone. The Sahel will likely continue to pose problems in 2020 as the region remains a gateway to the EU for both migrants and terrorist groups. Together these factors defined the liberal international order and sustained an era of rising global prosperity and declining international conflict. As a sequel to his seminal ‘The Shield of Achilles‘, which sets out a comprehensive theory of the state and history, Bobbitt applies this theory to the phenomenon of terrorism, natural disasters, and the proliferation of WMD. Freedman’s unique perspective on this conflict sheds new light on a complex and globally-significant conflict, and challenges the idea of Putin both as geopolitical poker master and international puppet-master. Khan avoids laboured narratives of China’s imperial past or framing Chinese policy as the actions of an aggressive revisionist state as other popular books on the subject sometimes do. 1. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Leaders across the continent of South America, however, will no doubt have found it more chilling. The book lays out the current situation where the developing world is fast catching up with the developed world, and how this may affect the near and medium-term future where the West may not be the undisputed leader of the world anymore. The territorial claims pushed in the South China Sea by Beijing have continued to agitate regional and international naval operations, and much of the past year has been dedicated to discussing a possible conflict in the theatre. £4.49 #2. Beginning with Mao and the Jiangxi Soviet, when the PRC was more dream than reality, Khan gives a refreshing and balanced account of how China’s actions – confrontational and acquiescent, sometimes opaque but always pragmatic – have achieved their aim in a shifting international and domestic landscape and against a background of constant insecurity. Blaber does an excellent job of sharing his personal experiences in ‘the Unit’ without disclosing operational details and blends it with one of his guiding principles he refers to multiple times in his book. Understanding the ambitious OBOR project and its impact on the countries along its route will be key in 2020: As something of a counter to China’s economic and hard-power expansion, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) strategy was launched as a joint effort in 2017, however, despite a number of progress reports, the concept remains somewhat nebulous and has been criticised as being a thin veil for a China-containment strategy. And yet, when it comes to geo-politics, much of what we are told is generated by analysts and other… Author(s): Tim Marshall, Written by one of the world's leading political geographers, this fully revised and updated textbook examines the dramatic changes wrought by ideological, economic, socio-cultural and demographic changes unleashed since the end of the Cold War.
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