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Best of the fortnight - 7 October 2022

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Each fortnight BISA Director, Juliet Dryden, scours the internet for IR-related content that might interest you. Here she brings you this week's best readings and podcasts to keep you up to date with what's happening around the world.

Russia and Ukraine


United States

Europe and UK

  • The return of fascism in Italy. Ruth Ben-Ghiat for the Atlantic
  • Nord steam pipeline sabotage. How an attack could have been carried out and why Europe was defenceless. Christian Bueger for the Conversation

  • "Belarusians can’t rise up, but we are still fighting". The war in Ukraine has drawn international  attention away from repression in Belarus, but opposition leader-in-exile Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says their struggle for freedom in shared.  Emily Schultheis for Prospect Magazine

  • Europe has never had a global voice but that may be about to change with the rise of digital media. Liam Kennedy for the Conversation

  • At the top table. The defence intelligentsia. Tom Stevenson reviews ‘Command: the politics of military operations from Korea to Ukraine’ by Lawrence Freedman in the London Review of Books

  • Podcast: What drives Liz Truss? The people and ideas behind the PM’s economies. Jeremy Cliffe looks at the ideas , institutions and thinkers who have shaped Truss’s politics

  • Podcast: The political legacy of Italian fascism: Following the Italian election victory of the post-fascist Giorgia Meloni and her Fratelli d'Italia party last weekend, many have asked what relationship it has with the country's fascist past.  Listen to historian David Broder talk for the World Review from the New Statesman.

Middle East and Asia


Latin America

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