The Best Books of 2014


December 26, 2014
Summary: 

The Foreign Affairs editors pick their top books of the year.

The Foreign Affairs editors pick their top books of the year. 

Click here to see all of the best books on international relations of 2014.

  

Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China

Capsule Review, December 26, 2014

In his riveting profiles, Osnos discovers the emergence in Chinese society of something even more fundamental than a desire for political representation: a search for dignity.

The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001–2014

Capsule Review, December 26, 2014

Gall’s deep knowledge of the region lends authority to the basic argument her book makes about the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Capsule Review, December 26, 2014

Every now and then, the field of economics produces an important book; this is one of them.


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Iron Dome batteries installed in Beersheba and Netivot


The IDF Thursday positioned two Iron Dome anti-rocket batteries in Netivot just north of the Gaza Strip and Beersheba which has taken frequent Hamas rocket attacks. No explanation was available. 

This step conflicts with the Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon’s comment that Hamas does not seek another  escalation of violence with Israel.


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Top Russian Allies Distance Themselves from Putin, Support Ukraine


Kazakhstan, one of the principal allies of Russia, renewed Monday its military cooperation with Ukraine, to which it promised vital supplies of coal, following a visit to Kiev the day before by the leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko.


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G77 and China Condemn U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela, Say They Must Be Repealed


The G77 group, an international forum of developing countries, and China have expressed their firm rejection of unilateral sanctions imposed by the U.S. against Venezuela and asked for them to be rolled back, said Bolivian President Evo Morales.


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Nicaragua canal: A $50 billion project to rival Panama canal gets underway


Nicaragua canal: The Chinese funded Nicaragua canal broke ground Monday amid protests. The 173-mile canal is expected to be operational by 2019, and produce $10 million per year in fees for Nicaragua.


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Russia May be Deploying Missile Tied to Treaty Violation


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ISIS II


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Israel gas deal stirs domestic opposition in Jordan


Date 11/12/2014, 18:15 (Jerusalem)


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Raising the stakes: US sends Kerry to Lima for climate talks


Kerry will travel to the climate talks in Lima, Peru, say US officials, raising the profile of the climate talks before they conclude Friday.


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Is Obama considering ‘sanctions’ on Israel?


A lot of partisan media outlets and Republican politicians appear to believe so.


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