Summer: a time for a long vacation, relaxing on the beach and picking up a good book. Although classes at Boston University won’t start for another two months, it’s a great time to read the latest research from our faculty exploring issues like the global economic order, immigration policy, the rise from China and more. If you’re looking for an illuminating and insightful book on international affairs this summer, consider picking up an article published last year by the illustrious faculty of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies.

Posted in June 2022, the work of Professor Susan Eckstein Cuban Privilege: The Manufacture of Immigrant Inequality in America draws on unpublished archives, interviews and investigative data to highlight how Washington, in the process of privileging Cubans, transformed them from agents of US Cold War foreign policy into a politically powerful force influencing national policy. By comparing the exclusionary treatment of neighboring Haitians, the book reveals the racial and political biases embedded in American immigration policy. More information is available on our website.

Professor Kevin Gallagher published two books last year; South-South Regional Financial Arrangements: Collaboration towards Resilience (March 2022) and The case of a new Bretton Woods (January 2022). South-South regional financial arrangements traces the dramatic evolution of the global financial and monetary landscape over the past few decades; in particular, through the expansion of South-led and South-oriented institutions and mechanisms. In The case of a new Bretton Woods, Gallagher and co-author Richard Kozul-Wright, director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), argue that the world needs to implement sweeping policy reforms. how global currency, finance and trade are governed in the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Without world leaders willing to boldly rewrite the rules to promote a prosperous, just and sustainable post-COVID global economic order – a Bretton Woods moment for the 21st century – both say the world risks being engulfed in climate chaos. and political dysfunction. Full details on both South-South regional financial arrangements and The case of a new Bretton Woods Can be found on our website.

Professor Joseph Fewsmith also published two books last year that explore contemporary Chinese politics and the Chinese Communist Party. Forging Leninism in China: Mao and the Reshaping of the Chinese Communist Party, 1927-1934 (February 2022) is a re-examination of the events of the Chinese Revolution and the transformation of the Chinese Communist Party. Describing party transformation as “the forge of Leninism,” Fewsmith offers a clear analysis of party development. In Rethinking China Policy, Fewsmith follows four decades of elite politics to explore how people rise to positions and consolidate power. His findings challenge much of the literature on authoritarian systems in general and on China in particular. Details about Forging Leninism in China and Rethinking China Policy Can be found on our website.

The last book by Ambassador Jorge Heine – El No Alineamiento Activo y América Latina: a doctrine for the new siglo (Active Non-Alignment and Latin America: A Doctrine for the New Century) (November 2021) – has been widely quoted in the news and in contemporary geopolitical research. In it, Heine and his co-authors argue for a policy of active non-alignment by Latin American countries. This would mean avoiding siding with either major power in the current US-China conflict and focusing strictly on Latin America’s own interests, which is urgently needed. given the economic crisis facing the region. Details of his latest book can be found on our website.

The latest among the Pardee School faculty books published in the last year is that of Professor Shamiran Mako After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa (July 2021). VSo-Written by Valentine Moghadam, professor of sociology and international affairs at Northeastern University, the book offers an explanatory framework for exploring why only certain Arab mass social protests of 2011 yielded relatively quick and non-violent results in the sense of regime change, democracy, and social transformation. More details, including purchase information, can be found at Cambridge University Press website.

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Need a summer read? Check out the latest books from the Pardee School faculty


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