Daily Archives: August 15, 2012

John Paul Rathbone

The polite grace period that Rafael Correa extended to Britain during the Olympics is sadly over. This week, a decision is due from Ecuador’s president on whether he will grant asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. A “yes” is expected. But what then? JP Rathbone considers the possibilities. Read more

Esther Bintliff

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Way back in June, Gideon offered the books below as his summer recommendations.

We thought it would be worth republishing his list, and also appealing to you, our cherished world blog readers, for additional recommendations as we pass the mid-point of August and move ever nearer (whisper it) to The End Of Summer.

So, what are the best non-fiction books that have kept you awake at night this year (in a good way)? Please let us know:

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Gideon’s picks: 

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, Profile, RRP£25, 464 pages

A much-discussed and influential new study takes on one of the biggest and oldest questions in economics and politics. The authors start in Tahrir Square and reach conclusions that should be comforting to a crisis-hit Europe and an anxious America: sustained prosperity is much harder without strong institutions, nurtured by a democratic society.

Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World, by Ian Bremmer, Portfolio, RRP£14.99, 240 pages

Bremmer, a leading geopolitical analyst, tackles the issue of American global leadership. He argues that changing economics means the US and its key allies are less able to direct and control world affairs, but new powers are not ready to step up. As a result, we are facing a “leadership vacuum” – catchily defined as a “G-Zero world”. Read more

Here are some articles that we can recommend today: