Yale’s Current Affairs catalogue is available now to order and download. With many fascinating books available in 2012, today we preview a selection of forthcoming titles that look beyond the headlines to discover the truth behind current events.
2011 was a highly eventful year in international politics, with the Arab Spring engendering protest movements, political upheaval and bloody violence in Arab countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Yale’s current affairs list is steadily growing each year, and in 2011 it continued to cement its reputation as a top quality source of political analysis, journalism, historical context and insightful prescience. Tarek Osman’s extraordinarily perceptive Egypt on the Brink was published before the infamous Tahrir Square protests and subsequent upheaval, and led to the author becoming an often-quoted source on Egyptian politics in the febrile months following the revolution.
This year, Yale’s Current Affairs catalogue includes well-researched books on Libya (The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi), Syria (The Fall of the House of Assad) and the Arab Spring (The Battle for the Arab Spring: Revolution, Counter-revolution and the Making of a New Era), analysing the events of recent months but also examining the potential outcomes in what is becoming a continuously evolving geopolitical landscape.
Yale’s books also cover political hotspots in Europe (Belarus: The Last European Dictatorship and Good Italy, Bad Italy: Why Italy Must Conquer Its Demons to Face the Future) and Latin America (Mexico: Democracy Interrupted and New Worlds: A Religious History of Latin America).
Looking at the year ahead, with a bitter US presidential election to come and a ominously growing diplomatic standoff between Iran and the US/Israel, a particular highlight from Yale’s current affairs catalogue is Trita Parsi’s A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran. In this illuminating book, Trita Parsi uncovers the full details of the diplomatic encounters between Washington and Tehran during Obama’s early presidency, then discusses whether diplomacy should be the foreign policy approach of choice for the U.S.
In world politics, another book to look out for is The End of the Chinese Dream: Why Chinese People Fear the Future by Gerard Lemos, a path-breaking study of ordinary Chinese people and how they perceive their lives and opportunities in modern China. China also plays an important role in Peter Marsh’s The New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalization and the End of Mass Production, an upbeat analysis of the forthcoming manufacturing revolution. The new catalogue also showcases Yale’s varied list of academic political titles, and books on technology and the environment (see pages 14 and 15).
Keep an eye on on this blog for the latest extracts, interviews and articles from Yale’s current affairs authors, including What’s Next? author Lyric Hale’s regular column, which focuses on global economic issues.