A new publication of 2018, “The Political Marketing Guide” by Samer El Hajjar is definitely a marketing guide for politicians; yet it is also a must read for marketing professionals, advertisers and enthusiasts.  The book has practical advice on how to market political movements and to take advantage of social media. Marketing tips are quite useful, for both political parties and...

The concept of power is one of the most studied topics in International Relations (IR). Since decades, many academic works have examined power in international politics from different aspects, including how it is used, whether its accumulated through material capabilities such as economic and military strength, or it has changed the nature. Joseph Nye, one of the august scholars re-energised the debate of...

A book by one of the most eminent political theorists John Horton, “Political Obligation” seeks to define the political obligation theory with the help of author’s several notions. First published in 1992, the book has a revised, updated, and extended second edition, which provides valuable work to understand the problems of political obligation and pursued voluntarist, teleological,...

Marcel H. Van Herpen, the director of the Cicero Foundation, a pro-EU and pro-Atlantic think tank, based in Maastricht and Paris, tries to shed light on the current Russian foreign policy in his recent book named “Putin’s wars.” The main hypothesis of the author is that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lost its influence as an empire and returned to the pre-imperial stage....

“Ukraine`s Euromaidan” by Marta Dyczok, a Canadian-Ukrainian Associate Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Western Ontario is an interesting collection of the author`s podcasts or ‘a kaleidoscopic chronicle of the events’ during the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine and related episodes.  In the introduction, the author provides some information...

The book under review, Maritime Silk Road, was written by Li Qingxin in Chinese and translated into English by William W. Wang. In this book, Li Qingxin tries to portray the past glory of Chinese civilization, especially, in the maritime domain. It recognizes that current ventures in the Indian and Pacific Oceans undertaken by the People Republic of China (PRC) are not contemporary innovations, but are...

Stimson Centre published a book The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: from the First to the Second Nuclear Age, which is the collection of essays edited by Michael Krepon1, Travis Wheeler2 and Shane Mason3. It attempts to compare the Cold War era’s nuclear strategies with the contemporary strategic trends – presenting various perspectives on Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs).  In...

Dear readers!  The Politicon is proud to announce the Book Review contest.  You can send us your reviews of books on the subjects we touch upon at The Politicon, global and domestic politics, international relations and diplomacy, security and conflicts, global and political economy, international law.  We don’t have very strict requirements on your choice of books, though we expect...

“Globalization and its discontents”, a book by the American Nobel laureate Joseph Stieglitz, has since its first publication in 2003 already turned into classics and a textbook material. Thus its almost revolutionary mission as a harbinger of refined academic criticism of globalization “from inside” may be easily overlooked now. Stieglitz, who had himself worked for the World Bank...

In his latest book political sociologist Hazem Kandil attempts to make significant contribution to the existing literature on regime change by constructing a model which he calls “the Power triangle”. With its help, he challenges the traditional perception that political regimes are uniform entities, which should be analysed as single actors. This model entails that there are three blocks of...

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