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.

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