• Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Photo: Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency/GettyThe World Today

    After the departure of ISAF, what would an Afghan peace process look like?

    Military force is increasingly being used to end civil conflicts, but this cannot bring stability to Afghanistan. The international community must find ways to nurture an inclusive peace process.

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    Caroline Hartzell is Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College and director of its Center for the Study of Global Issues

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    America votes for anyone but Obama

    The Republicans may have won convincingly but they don’t feel the love

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    John Zogby, Senior Analyst at Zogby Analytics, is author with Joan Snyder Kuhl of First Globals: Understanding, Managing, & Unleashing the Potential of Our Millennial Generation

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    Quiz of the year

    Test your knowledge of world affairs. Answers on PDF attached below

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    Can sanctions ever work?

    Thanks to techniques perfected by the US Treasury, sanctions have reached a peak of effectiveness. However, it seems they have hit their high water mark.

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    Lord Malloch-Brown is a former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and ex-UK minister. Harry Gibson is an economist.

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    Review: Hun Sen, the great survivor

    Hun Sen’s Cambodia Sebastian Strangio, Yale University Press, £20.00

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    Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review and the author of books on Burma, North Korea, and organized crime in the Asia-Pacific

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    Sanctions: Giving Putin pause for thought

    The Kremlin was taken off-guard by the speed and severity of western sanctions, now exacerbated by the falling oil price

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    Timothy Ash is head of emerging market research, excluding Africa, for Standard Bank

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    Review: Documenting Ukraine’s rebirth pangs

    Maidan, a 2014 documentary film directed by Serhiy Loznytsia, now on general release

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    Reading List: Private lives in the Cold War

    Red Love Maxim Leo, Pushkin press, £8.99
    A European Book Prize winning memoir of a family in the German Democratic Republic, and how the country shaped relationships and fortunes. Leo describes an East Germany where the state was not just in the family apartment but locked within the minds and aspirations of all its citizens.

    Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters Kate Brown, Oxford University Press, £17.31
    To hold their own in the nuclear arms race, two secretive citadels, the Richland community in eastern Washington State and Ozersk, in the southern Urals, were dedicated to producing as much plutonium as possible to fuel the Cold War. During their multi-decade existence it is estimated that they each released four times the amount of plutonium dispersed by the accident at the Chernobyl in 1986.

    The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Peter Sís, Farrar Straus Giroux, £11.69
    This memoir of Sís’s life under communist rule in Czechoslovakia acknowledges, as the author writes, ‘how easy it is to brainwash a child’. The story unfolds in a word-and-picture montage consisting of a spare, fable-like narrative, introductory and closing notes, a timeline, diary excerpts, family photos and a sequence of pen-line drawings.

    Thirteen Days, A memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis Robert Kennedy (out of print)
    These diaries were published after the 1968 assassination of the author, younger brother of JFK and his attorney-general. Later books are stronger on detail and context, but this stands out for its eye-witness portrayal of the Kennedys facing down the bellicose generals in the Pentagon and luring Khrushchev to a deal. Subjective it may be, but the reader will come away feeling that they don’t make politicians like that anymore.

    The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Puskin Press £8.99
    A best foreign language Oscar-winning film in 2006, now published as a screenplay. In 1984 East Germany, Stasi officer Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler is assigned to spy on playwright Georg Dreyman. The screenplay reopens our eyes to the cruelties that were carried out daily in the name of state socialism, with the Stasi’s tentacular network of informers.

    Yuri’s Day: The Road to the Stars Andrew King, Piers Bizony, Peter Hodkinson, Spaced Design Ltd £14.99
    A graphic novel, Yuri’s Day is an account of the early part of the space race from the Soviet perspective. From rocket scientist Sergei Korolev being hauled off to a prison camp during Stalin’s purges to Yuri Gagarin’s tragic death in a plane accident, this covers the cosmonaut’s story in stark illustrations.

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    What is hiding behind Islamic State?

    The brutal jihadist is simply a frontman for many strands of disaffected Iraqi opinion

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    Ten minutes with Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station

    MOAS is the first privately funded search and rescue operation

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