Book Reviews

The Sharp Edges of Contemporary World Politics

The article presents a detailed review of the monograph “World politics. Front lines and red lines”. The author assesses the nature and content of the influence of the main participants in the system of international relations, both individual States and non-state actors, including transnational corporations on the state and prospects of development of world politics. Directions of adjustment of the foreign policy strategy of Russia in the conditions of aggravation of a situation and reanimation of hostile anti-Russian course from a number of participants of world political process are defined.

Across Two Seas: Cooperation among Social Science Scholars of Poland and Kazakhstan

A collection of research papers by Polish, Kazakh and Lithuanian authors dedicated to the formation and development of modern Kazakhstan was published in 2016. The collection examines a wide range of historical, legal, political, economic, ecological, ethno-confessional and cultural issues. Some of the articles are written in Russian, some in Polish, the rest in English. The publication of the collection shows the interest in Poland towards Kazakhstan – a country where tens of thousands of Poles have been thrown at various times, and where the Polish diaspora still exists.

«Humanitarians at War»: Assessing The Role of The International Committee of The Red Cross In The Immediate Aftermath of WWII

The book under review is written by Gerald Steinacher, a researcher from Nebraska-Lincoln University and deals with the analysis of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) activities in the period of 1944-1950. Using a variety of sources (archives, newspaper articles, reports and personal notes by ICRC representatives), the author attempts to demonstrate how the ICRC was trying to overcome a serious moral, organizational and financial crisis it found itself in: because of its failures to respond to the Holocaust and its activities to assist the former Nazis, it not only compromised its reputation and status, but also lost credibility in the eyes of the leading states of that time.

"Privatization" of Global Governance

Thomas Biersteker graduated from Chicago University (BF in Political Science) and MIT (MA in Political Science) and got PhD in Political Science in MIT as well. Later professor Biersteker lectured in Yale University (1976-1985), South Carolina University (1985-1992) and Brown University (1992-2006). He could be described as a constructivist focusing his research on global governance, international organizations and transnational policy networks, construction of sovereignty and regimes of targeted sanctions.

Such a Global Europe

A review of the publication describing the position of the European Union in the global dimension, as the foreign policy component policy of the European Union, the EU’s relations with different regions of the world. The illustrative book shows the dynamics of the EU’s relations both with individual countries and with major international organizations. The author of the review considers the phenomenon of European integration, in which the boundaries of the territory of the European Union, the Euro zone and the territory of the countries-participants of NATO do not coincide and the impact of this phenomenon on the formation of EU foreign policy.

Diplomacy of Madrid after Franco

The review analyses whe ther the work fits into the overall context of foreign policy and European studies in particular Spain. The conclusion is that the study is based on a wide range of sources and is the result of years of work by the author. A distinctive feature of this publication is its current importance, which is manifested, for example, in the analysis of contemporary processes of formation of Spain’s foreign policy in the context of the global financial and economic crisis. The author provides a consistent analysis of the main directions of Spain’s foreign policy as well as basic levels of foreign policy decisions - making.

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