Middle East | 26.07.16

The Arab Spring

In his preface to The Arab Spring, Hamid Dabashi sets out the revolutionary consciousness that drove the upsurge in popular unrest across the Middle East and North Africa

Politics and International Relations | 26.07.16

What is Democracy?

Why are modern democratic system suffering a crisis of legitimacy – and can Athenian democracy offer us a model for political change? Roslyn Fuller explores the future of representation in this extract from the introduction to Beasts and Gods: How democracy changed its meaning and lost its purpose

Environment | 26.07.16

The Fat Planet

Are climate change and obesity linked? In this excerpt from The Energy Glut Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards explain how and why they are indeed.

Environment | 26.07.16

Fat People or Fat Populations?

Moral outrage about obesity is a red herring. Instead, we should be focusing on the environmental factors behind national diets, argue Ian Roberts and Phil Edwards

Current Affairs | 26.07.16

Obama’s First Coup

In this extract from The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The American Elite, Matt Kennard looks at US military involvement in Honduras as part of the ongoing War on Drugs

Current Affairs | 26.07.16

Might is Right

Matt Kennard explores the limits of the American Empire in this extract from The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs The American Elite

Americas | 14.07.16

The Birth of a Nation

Acclaimed Marxist historian Victor Kiernan gives a brief history of the birth of the United States in this extract from America: From White Settlement to World Hegemony

Asia | 08.06.16

Yanis Varoufakis on China

Yanis Varoufakis looks at the underlying weaknesses of the Chinese economy, its deep and complex connections with the rest of the global economy and the policy dilemmas it will face in the future

Asia | 16.05.16

Risks and Possibilities in the Korean Peninsula

Following what appears to be the DPRK’s fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test Paul French addresses the tense stand-off between DPRK, China and the United States. Does the future of the Korean peninsula lie in engagement, or war?

Asia | 25.09.15

Paul French Recommends…

Paul French is a leading expert on North Korea and is a widely published analyst and commentator on Asia, and was awarded the 2013 Edgar for Fest Fact Crime for his international best-seller Midnight in Peking. Most recently, he has just released the new edition of North Korea: State of Paranoia for Zed Books. We asked Paul about his favourite Zed Book, below is his response

Economics | 25.09.15

Back to Uni Reading List: Economics

As part of our ‘Back To Uni half-price sale’ this week, we’ve put together a few reading lists of our highlights over the last year if you just can’t pick (we know, you want them all).  

Africa | 25.09.15

Imogen Tyler Recommends…

Imogen Tyler, author of Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain, chooses her favourite Zed Book

Middle East | 04.09.15

Playing Three Dimensional Chess in the Middle East

The terrifying forward march of ISIS is currently being resisted most effectively by Kurdish leftist fighters in the PKK. However, these PKK fighters are facing increasing attacks and repression from the Turkish government, who seem to view them as more than an enemy than ISIS itself. What is going on? In this blog post, Richard Falk provides an illuminating guide to the complex situation

Europe | 20.08.15

What Future for Yanis Varoufakis?

Yanis Varoufakis is in the process of becoming an important figure in Greek political life and beyond. But Yanis Varoufakis has also indubitably become a major figure for the Left which is critical of the Euro and someone who will be an important factor in the political reconfigurations which are in the offing. There are good reasons for this

Africa | 06.08.15

Do-gooders Doing Bad: A Reading List for African Politics Today

This summer, the Washington Post’s political research blog The Monkey Cage has been running an “African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular”, publishing an ongoing series of posts based on books in their excellent summer reading list. With their informed and intelligent analysis of current affairs, these offer eye-opening insights and critique of African politics today

Middle East | 24.07.15

Turkey under Erdogan

The horror of the suspected ISIS bombing of a Turkish young socialist meeting in Suruc has highlighted how Turkey is bound-up with both Europe and the Middle East geographically, politically and culturally. The issues the country confronts are complex and multi-layered. In this extract from his powerful new book Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring, Richard Falk, a world-renowned scholar of international law and former UN Rapporteur on Palestine, provides a highly informative and clear overview of developments in Turkey. He looks book at the historic developments in Turkey since 2002, and its shifting and complex foreign policy.