While summer marks the end of the academic year, it also marks the beginning of when the SCIR editors have time to catch up on their reading.
We asked our editorial board what they’re reading this summer and why – and the reasons why you should read them. Here they are, in no particular order.
Written by USC’s own Judge Widney Professor Pertraeus, the COIN Field Manual is a text that editor Cristina Patrizio believes that someone who is interested in foreign service and government operations should be familiar with.
“I find him fascinating, and would like to get a deeper understanding of his qualms with morality,” says Cristina Patrizio.
Because even IR junkies need something fun to read at the beach. Besides, Grisham’s books have been translated into 29 different languages. That’s classic soft diplomacy.
After attending IR 304: Espionage and Intelligence, Brad McAuliffe can’t wait to read about the cloak-and-dagger plots written by one of the world’s finest spy novelists.
Another book by a USC Professor made our editors’ summer reading lists. When looking for new ways to look at international relations, why not consider the world of Tolkien?
Also interested in American affairs, Elise aims to learn more about the U.S. as well. “Haass’ doctrine of restoration for a U.S. facing complex and critical global and domestic challenges should prove an interesting read.”