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Los 10 imperdibles 2017

El Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI) presenta “Los 10 imperdibles de 2017”, un listado con las recomendaciones literarias más mencionadas por sus Asociados, expertos en diferentes sectores y disciplinas (académicos, empresarios, funcionarios públicos, diplomáticos y líderes de opinión).

Estos imperdibles no se encuentran limitados a temas internacionales. Con este conteo, COMEXI busca compartir con las partes interesadas -y con la sociedad mexicana- publicaciones editadas en 2017 que algunos de sus Asociados consideran como lecturas obligadas.

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The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power | Niall Ferguson

Most history is hierarchical: it's about emperors, presidents, prime ministers and field marshals. It's about states, armies and corporations. It's about orders from on high. Even history "from below" is often about trade unions and workers' parties. But what if that's simply because hierarchical institutions create the archives that historians rely on? What if we are missing the informal, less well documented social networks that are the true sources of power and drivers of change?

The 21st century has been hailed as the Age of Networks. However, in The Square and the Tower, Niall Ferguson argues that networks have always been with us, from the structure of the brain to the food chain, from the family tree to freemasonry. Throughout history, hierarchies housed in high towers have claimed to rule, but often real power has resided in the networks in the town square below. For it is networks that tend to innovate. And it is through networks that revolutionary ideas can contagiously spread. Just because conspiracy theorists like to fantasize about such networks doesn't mean they are not real.

From the cults of ancient Rome to the dynasties of the Renaissance, from the founding fathers to Facebook, The Square and the Tower tells the story of the rise, fall and rise of networks, and shows how network theory--concepts such as clustering, degrees of separation, weak ties, contagions and phase transitions--can transform our understanding of both the past and the present.

Just as The Ascent of Money put Wall Street into historical perspective, so The Square and the Tower does the same for Silicon Valley. And it offers a bold prediction about which hierarchies will withstand this latest wave of network disruption--and which will be toppled.

Topics: #Networks | #Global | #Power


Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the Worlds Ocean | James Stavridis

From the time of the Greeks and the Persians clashing in the Mediterranean, sea power has determined world power.  To an extent that is often underappreciated, it still does. No one understands this better than Admiral Jim Stavridis. In Sea Power, Admiral Stavridis takes us with him on a tour of the world’s oceans from the admiral’s chair, showing us how the geography of the oceans has shaped the destiny of nations, and how naval power has in a real sense made the world we live in today, and will shape the world we live in tomorrow. 

Not least, Sea Power is marvelous naval history, giving us fresh insight into great naval engagements from the battles of Salamis and Lepanto through to Trafalgar, the Battle of the Atlantic, and submarine conflicts of the Cold War. It is also a keen-eyed reckoning with the likely sites of our next major naval conflicts, particularly the Arctic Ocean, Eastern Mediterranean, and the South China Sea. Finally, Sea Power steps back to take a holistic view of the plagues to our oceans that are best seen that way, from piracy to pollution.

When most of us look at a globe, we focus on the shape of the of the seven continents. Admiral Stavridis sees the shapes of the seven seas.  After reading Sea Power, you will too. Not since Alfred Thayer Mahan’s legendary The Influence of Sea Power upon History have we had such a powerful reckoning with this vital subject.

Topics: #History | #Oceans | #Worldpower


The Retreat of Western Liberalism | Edward Luce

In The Retreat of Western Liberalism, Luce makes a larger statement about the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracyâۥof which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a terrifying symptom. Luce argues that we are on a menacing trajectory brought about by ignorance of what it took to build the West, arrogance towards society's economic losers, and complacency about our system's durabilityâۥattitudes that have been emerging since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We cannot move forward without a clear diagnosis of what has gone wrong. Unless the West can rekindle an economy that produces gains for the majority of its people, its political liberties may be doomed. The West's faith in history teaches us to take democracy for granted. Reality tells us something troublingly different.

Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent synthesis of the literature and economic analysis, Luce offers a detailed projection of the consequences of the Trump administration, the rise of European populism, and a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them from the multiple onslaughts they face in the coming years.

Topics: #Crisis | #Liberal | #Democracy


The H-Word: The Peripeteia of Hegemony | Perry Anderson

Few terms are so widely used in the literature of international relations and political science, with so little agreement about their exact meaning, as hegemony.

In the first full historical study of its fortunes as a concept, Perry Anderson traces its emergence in Ancient Greece and its rediscovery during the upheavals of 1848–1849 in Germany. He then follows its checkered career in revolutionary Russia, fascist Italy, Cold War America, Gaullist France, Thatcher’s Britain, post-colonial India, feudal Japan, Maoist China, eventually arriving at the world of Merkel and May, Bush and Obama.

The result is a surprising and fascinating expedition into global intellectual history, ending with reflections on the contemporary political landscape.

Topics: #InternationalRelations | #PoliticalScience | #Hegemony


Destined For War: America, China and the Thucydides’s Trap | Graham Aliision

CHINA AND THE UNITED STATES ARE HEADING TOWARD A WAR NEITHER WANTS. The reason is Thucydides’s Trap, a deadly pattern of structural stress that results when a rising power challenges a ruling one. This phenomenon is as old as history itself. About the Peloponnesian War that devastated ancient Greece, the historian Thucydides explained: “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.” Over the past 500 years, these conditions have occurred sixteen times. War broke out in twelve of them. Today, as an unstoppable China approaches an immovable America and both Xi Jinping and Donald Trump promise to make their countries “great again,” the seventeenth case looks grim. Unless China is willing to scale back its ambitions or Washington can accept becoming number two in the Pacific, a trade conflict, cyberattack, or accident at sea could soon escalate into all-out war.

In Destined for War, the eminent Harvard scholar Graham Allison explains why Thucydides’s Trap is the best lens for understanding U.S.-China relations in the twenty-first century. Through uncanny historical parallels and war scenarios, he shows how close we are to the unthinkable. Yet, stressing that war is not inevitable, Allison also reveals how clashing powers have kept the peace in the past — and what painful steps the United States and China must take to avoid disaster today.

Topics: #Power | #China | #US


The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics | David Goodheart

A robust and timely investigation into the political and moral fault-lines that divide Brexit Britain and how a new settlement may be achieved. Several decades of greater economic and cultural openness in the West have not benefited all our citizens. Among those who have been left behind, a populist politics of culture and identity has successfully challenged the traditional politics of Left and Right, creating a new division: between the mobile 'achieved' identity of the people from Anywhere, and the marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This schism accounts for the Brexit vote, the election of Donald Trump, the decline of the centre-left, and the rise of populism across Europe. David Goodhart's compelling investigation of the new global politics reveals how the Somewhere backlash is a democratic response to the dominance of Anywhere interests, in everything from mass higher education to mass immigration.

Topics: #Politics | #BREXIT | #EuropeanUnion


The Sovereignty Wars: Reconciling America with the World | Stewart Patrcik

Americans have long been protective of the country’s sovereignty’ beginning when George Washington retired as president with the admonition for his successors to avoid “permanent” alliances with foreign powers. Ever since, the nation has faced persistent, often heated debates about how to maintain that sovereignty, and whether it is endangered when the United States enters international organizations, treaties, and alliances about which Washington warned.

As the recent election made clear, sovereignty is also one of the most frequently invoked, polemical, and misunderstood concepts in politics’ particularly American politics. The concept wields symbolic power, implying something sacred and inalienable: the right of the people to control their fate without subordination to outside authorities. Given its emotional pull, however, the concept is easily highjacked by political opportunists. By playing the sovereignty card, they can curtail more reasoned debates over the merits of proposed international commitments by portraying supporters of global treaties or organizations as enemies of motherhood and apple pie.

Such polemics distract Americans from what is really at stake in the sovereignty debate: namely, the ability of the United States to shape its destiny in a global age. The United States cannot successfully manage globalization, much less insulate itself from cross-border threats, on its own. As global integration deepens and cross-border challenges grow, the nation’s fate is increasingly tied to that of other countries, whose cooperation will be needed to exploit the shared opportunities and mitigate the common risks of interdependence.

The Sovereignty Wars is intended to help today's policymakers think more clearly about what is actually at stake in the sovereignty debate and to provide some criteria for determining when it is appropriate to make bargains over sovereignty’ and how to make them.

Topics: #ForeginPowers | #Politics | #Sovereignty


Singapore: Unlikely Power | John Curtis Perry

Singapore has gained a reputation for being one of the wealthiest and best-educated countries in the world and one of the brightest success stories for a colony-turned-sovereign state, but the country's path to success was anything but assured. Its strategic location and natural resources both allowed Singapore to profit from global commerce and also made the island an attractive conquest for the world's naval powers, resulting in centuries of stunting colonialization.

In Singapore: Unlikely Power, John Curtis Perry provides an evenhanded and authoritative history of the island nation that ranges from its Malay origins to the present day. Singapore development has been aided by its greatest natural blessing-a natural deepwater port, shielded by mountain ranges from oceanic storms and which sits along one of the most strategic straits in the world, cementing the island's place as a major shipping entrepot throughout modern history. Perry traces the succession of colonizers, beginning with China in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and followed by the island's most famous colonizer, Britain, which ruled Singapore until the 1960s excluding the Japanese occupation of World War II. After setting a historical context, Perry turns to the era of independence beginning in the 1960s. Plagued with corruption, inequality, lack of an educated population, Singapore improbably vaulted from essentially third-world status into a first world dynamo over the course of three decades-with much credit due longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister who led the country for over three decades, who embraced the colonial past, established close ties with former foe Japan, and adopted a resolutely pragmatist approach to economic development. His efforts were successful, and Singapore today is a model regime for other developing states.

Singapore's stunning transformation from a poor and corrupt colonial backwater into an economic powerhouse renowned for its wealth, order, and rectitude is one of the great-and most surprising-success stories of modern era. Singapore is an accessible, comprehensive, and indeed colorful overview of one of the most influential political-economic models in the world and is an enlightening read for anyone interested in how Singapore achieved the unachievable.

Topics: #History | #Commerce | #Growth


México Exponencial: Una nueva óptica para construir el futuro | Sergio Alcocer

En los próximos años viviremos un cambio sin igual en la humanidad. La forma de organizarnos y de relacionarnos estará sujeta a grandes transformaciones en todos los aspectos fundamentales de la vida. México no puede sustraerse de esta tendencia. Por el contrario, tenemos que transformar el cambio y su ventana temporal en una oportunidad para que el país traduzca viejos retos y problemas en nuevas vías y soluciones. México requiere una nueva óptica para construir su futuro.

El Libro “México Exponencial: Una nueva óptica para construir el futuro de México”, pone en evidencia los cambios que viviremos como humanidad en los próximos años gracias al desarrollo de las tecnologías exponenciales. De la misma forma, se analizan los retos del país ante esta nueva era y las acciones que tanto gobierno, academia y organizaciones de la sociedad civil, deben llevar a cabo para construir el futuro de México.

Mx aspira a desarrollar esta nueva óptica, mediante la generación de pensamiento prospectivo y estratégico que incida en la formulación de políticas y en la ejecución de acciones que aceleren el desarrollo de una cultura de la innovación y el aprovechamiento de las tecnologías; con una visión exponencial de la economía y la sociedad, y entendiendo la complejidad y la incertidumbre, que dominan los escenarios del futuro. Esto con el fin superior de construir una sociedad justa, incluyente, próspera y sostenible. En Mx queremos identificar y diseñar los factores del cambio.

Temas: #Tendencias | #Futuro | #México


¿Y ahora qué?: México ante el 2018 | Varios Autores

México enfrenta grandes problemas, y la mayoría de difícil arreglo. ¿Pero cuáles son? ¿Qué riesgos implican? ¿Y qué vías existen para combatirlos? En esta obra, 34 académicos e intelectuales de primer orden realizan un diagnóstico sistemático de las fallas y carencias de este país. Mediante análisis accesibles pero rigurosos, demuestran que hay muchas opciones por explorar, más allá de quejarse y repetir clichés. Las cien formas de la corrupción y la impunidad. Las incompetencias del Estado. Las elecciones amañadas. El narcotráfico y los errores al combatirlo. El abandono de la juventud. Las policías raquíticas. Las cárceles como veneros del crimen. La desigualdad. La desconexión entre el mundo educativo y el productivo. Las fracturas del sistema de salud. El desorden federativo. La debilidad de la política exterior. La ineficiencia administrativa. Ésas son las arrugas sobre el rostro del país. Sin embargo, entre las sombras más oscuras del entramado social y las estructuras que exigen apuntalamiento, aparecen, finalmente, oportunidades que no pueden soslayarse y algunos caminos hacia un México menos roto.

#Corrupción | #Impunidad | #2018

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