What We’re Reading

On Friday, we asked IPI staff to recommend articles on peace and security issues. The results are below:

Africa’s Dirty Wars by Jeffrey Gettleman (The New York Review of Books, March 8, 2012)
A thoughtful review of  William Reno’s book Warfare in Independent Africa. The book tells a clear story about how political change in Africa has been expressed through rebellion and civil wars.

The Long Peace Getting Longer by Adam Roberts (Survival, February-March 2012)
A review of Steven Pinker’s new book The Better Angels of Our Nature about the history of violence.

The Return of Sovereignty by Michael Ignatieff (The New Republic, February 16, 2012)
A review of Brad Roth’s new book Sovereign Equality and Moral Disagreement, which discusses sovereignty as source of authority, control, and power, in the debate about the global economic crisis.

How to Stop the Butchery in Syria by Anne-Marie Slaughter (The New York Times, February 24, 2012)
The Friends of Syria, some 70 countries that met in Tunis last Friday, should establish “no-kill zones” now to protect all Syrians regardless of creed, ethnicity or political allegiance, says Professor Slaughter of Princeton, former Director of Policy Planning at the State Department from 2009 to 2011.

Ghastly Images Flow From Shattered Syrian City by Rod Nordland (The New York Times, February 22, 2012)
The Times documents the devastation and killing in Homs after heavy bombardments of civilian apartment buildings, in which two foreign journalists, Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik were killed, along with 22 people, including a 6-year-old boy.

The Pursuit of a Two-State Solution Is a Fantasy (Der Spiegel, February 21, 2012)
An interview with Sari Nusseibeh, one of the most prominent Palestinian intellectuals and president of Al-Quds University in Jerusalem.

Islamists’ Ideas on Democracy and Faith Face Test in Tunisia by Anthony Shadid (The New York Times, February 17, 2012)
The final article that Mr. Shadid wrote before he died in Syria last weekend on the role of Islamists in the new democratic transition in Tunisia.