Book Reviews

"Privatization" of Global Governance

Thomas Biersteker graduated from Chicago University (BF in Political Science) and MIT (MA in Political Science) and got PhD in Political Science in MIT as well. Later professor Biersteker lectured in Yale University (1976-1985), South Carolina University (1985-1992) and Brown University (1992-2006). He could be described as a constructivist focusing his research on global governance, international organizations and transnational policy networks, construction of sovereignty and regimes of targeted sanctions.

Such a Global Europe

A review of the publication describing the position of the European Union in the global dimension, as the foreign policy component policy of the European Union, the EU’s relations with different regions of the world. The illustrative book shows the dynamics of the EU’s relations both with individual countries and with major international organizations. The author of the review considers the phenomenon of European integration, in which the boundaries of the territory of the European Union, the Euro zone and the territory of the countries-participants of NATO do not coincide and the impact of this phenomenon on the formation of EU foreign policy.

Diplomacy of Madrid after Franco

The review analyses whe ther the work fits into the overall context of foreign policy and European studies in particular Spain. The conclusion is that the study is based on a wide range of sources and is the result of years of work by the author. A distinctive feature of this publication is its current importance, which is manifested, for example, in the analysis of contemporary processes of formation of Spain’s foreign policy in the context of the global financial and economic crisis. The author provides a consistent analysis of the main directions of Spain’s foreign policy as well as basic levels of foreign policy decisions - making.

Preserving Traditions

In the analyzed publication the author presents the various aspects of the development of scientific school at MGIMO-University. The author made a special emphasis on the “human” dimension on the disclosure of personal features of the heroes of memories, who were somehow connected with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. The details that can only be accessed by a direct participant in the events and that allow the reader to plunge into the social context of what was happening are of great significance. The review concludes that the undoubted literary merits of the product complement the deeper content of the book.

How to Dispel the Fog over the Past? Post-War Children, Their Fathers-Soldiers and Consequences of the Second World War

The article is devoted to the new aspects in the study of the history of post-war Germany, revealed in the book written by Sabine Bode «Post-war children – born in the 1950s, and their fathers-soldiers». It discusses the contribution made by Bode in the study of mental and psycho-emotional consequences of the Second World War and the «exclusion of the past», which is reflected in the fate of the post-war children and continues to have an impact on the socio-political life of the Federal Republic of Germany up to the present day. Nevertheless the article criticizes an excessive preoccupation of the monograph with the descriptions of the individual biographies to the detriment of analysis.

Third Level of International Relations: Characteristics of Sub-State Actors

The article is in the genre of the review for textbook O. V. Plotnikova and O. Y. Dubrovina International relations of the regions States: characteristics and features (Moscow: Norma ; INFRA-M, 2016. 192 p.). Textbook on international activities of sub-state/subnational actors in international relations. Under the sub-state/subnational actors refers to the regions of the States. The authors propose an along with interstate relations (first level) and supranational organizations (second level) to distinguish a third level of international relations – international relations of the regions in Federal and unitary States. The topic is very relevant due to the ongoing restructuring of the architecture of international relations and world politics. In addition, these processes lead to involvement in international relations new actors.

Russian Muslims: History and Modern Age (Case of Establishing and Developing of Islamic Community in Saint Petersburg)

Book review: Renat Bekkin, Almira Tagirdzhanova. Muslim Petersburg. Historical guide-book. e life of Muslims in St. Petersburg and its suburbs. – Moscow, St. Petersburg: Institute for African Studies, 2016. – 640 p.