The front lines of peace: An insider’s guide to changing the world
by Séverine Autesserre, Oxford University Press € 18.99

A deeply skeptical account of the shortcomings of international peacekeeping operations – which highlights how peacekeepers are often cut off from the areas in which they operate, with their operations crippled by a lack of local knowledge and skills. ’empathy. The book is animated by striking reports from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and elsewhere.

When America ceased to be great: A history of the present
by Nick Bryant, 25 €

Bryant argues that the Trump presidency was not an aberration but the logical culmination of decades of negative social and political trends. As a BBC journalist with a university education in American politics, he offers a good mix of reporting and in-depth knowledge of structural trends.

What is France suffering from?
by Brigitte Granville, McGill-Queens University Press 23.99 €

As the French presidential election approaches, the question of what is France suffering from (if any) is of global concern. The author, an economist, is no fan of Emmanuel Macron, whom she accuses of promising change – while defending the interests and worldview of a bureaucratic oligarchy. Even readers with a more charitable view of the French president may find Granville’s criticism interesting – at a time when Macron struggles to push back a challenge from the far right.

India and Asian geopolitics: The Past, Present
by Shivshankar Menon, Brookings Institution Press € 32.95

India is a rising superpower, so the outside world urgently needs to understand how the country sees its interests, especially in its Asian neighborhood. Shivshankar Menon, one of the country’s foremost diplomats and analysts, provides a superb guide to the development of Delhi thought from independence to the present day.

Empire Country: How Imperialism Shaped Modern Britain
by Sathnam Sanghera, Penguin / Viking € 18.99

At a time when Britain’s imperial heritage is once again a subject of public controversy, this immensely readable book is most timely. Sanghera’s account is both personal and scholarly. It tackles many issues that are now urgent subjects of public debate, such as Britain’s role in the slave trade and the links between empire and multiculturalism.

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The aristocracy of talent: How Meritocracy Made the Modern World
by Adrian Wooldridge, Allen Street £ 25

It is both a story and a defense of an increasingly contested idea. Wooldridge argues that successful societies have prospered by seeking to reward merit and talent, rather than relationships and privilege. If the West abandons meritocracy in the pursuit of social justice, it will cede the future to Asia.

Do not disturb: The story of a political murder and an African regime gone wrong
by Michela Wrong, HarperCollins £ 20

An in-depth and highly critical biography of one of Africa’s most beloved leaders – Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He accuses the Rwandan leader of having orchestrated the assassination of opponents in exile – and questions his economic record and his role in the events that led to the Rwandan genocide. The FT called the book “remarkable, frightening and long overdue.”

Revolt: The Global Uprising Against Globalization
by Nadav Eyal, HarperCollins € 28.99

Published the month a mob stormed the United States Congress, Eyal’s book argues that the unchecked rage of marginalized communities and unaffiliated individuals is emerging as a defining feature of global politics, as communities react against the disorienting characteristics of modernity – from economic insecurity to new technologies and the environment. degradation. The theory is combined with a report that takes into account Greek anarchists, American miners and Syrian refugees.

Difficult choices: What Britain does next
by Peter Ricketts, Atlantic € 14.99

As one of Britain’s top diplomats, Ricketts had a close-up view of some of the most dramatic events, such as the preparations for the war in Iraq and the Western military intervention in Libya. Now retired, he takes a stern look at the country’s post-Brexit options – arguing for realistic internationalism and renewed engagement with Europe.

What can go wrong on Earth: Tales of the company at risk
by Richard Fenning, Eye € 12.99

Political risk consulting has grown into a big business and Control Risks is one of the biggest names in the business. Richard Fenning, the company’s former managing director, delivers a fun and personal account of life in the risk sector, from Baghdad to Brazil and many points in between.

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Tuesday: Economics by Martin Wolf
Wednesday: Story by Tony Barber
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