Each week 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.
The week’s most thought provoking piece
‘The Professor and the Politician’. For Max Weber only the most heroic figures could generate meaning in the world. Does his theory still hold up today. Read Carey Robin the New Yorker.
All eyes on the US election and what comes next
- Defeating Trump is just the beginning. David W. Blight in the New York Times
- What will Biden’s United States look like to the rest of the world? Timothy Garton Ash gives his opinion in the Guardian
- We still don’t really understand Trump or America. Opinion from Frank Bruni in the New York Times
- A must read on the end of Uncle Donald from Mary Trump in the Guardian
- Inside the last days of Trump. Sam Tanenhaus for Prospect
- What Biden’s win means for the world: roundup of Conversation expert reaction. Gemma Ware for The Conversation.
- Donald Trump’s defeat cost Europe its bogeyman. Europe can’t blame Trump anymore. Tom McTague in the Atlantic
- Trump won’t accept defeat ever. His forever campaign is just getting started. Anne Applebaum in The Atlantic
- The election can’t be ‘stolen’ but something worse is happening. Read Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post
- What the world wants from a Biden presidency. The view from the Economist
- Repairing the world. The imperative – and limits- of a post-Trump foreign policy by Richard Haas in Foreign Affairs
- Biden can’t stop America’s decline says James Traub in Foreign Policy
- From Trump to Biden. Why Boris Johnson will be relieved by the end of the affair. Martin Farr in The Conversation
- The next decade could be even worse. Can history predict the rise and fall of society? Read a story by Graeme Wood in the Atlantic
- The Republic party and Trump’s alternative election fantasy. The Economist
- Podcast: The (unfinished) battle for the Senate. After the tumult of last week’s voting, one crucial question remains: Who will control the Senate? Listen to the Daily
- Podcast: Welcome to the Intersectional Empire: Ash Sarkar meets Naomi Klein to discuss what Biden in the White House means for the world, whether Trumpism has a future, and what next for the left. Listen to Novara Media.
What about COVID?
- Where will poorer countries stand in the queue for a COVID 19 vaccine? Clare Wenham and Mark Eccleston-Turner in the Guardian
- Podcast: Understanding the enduring consequences of COVID-19 from Exponential View with Azeem Azhar. Yale professor Nicholas Christakis argues that we can expect this current phase of the Covid-19 pandemic to end in 2022 and explains why we need to brace for what comes next
- Podcast: The crisis isn’t Trump it’s the Republic Party. Listen to the Ezra Klein show with special guest Anne Applebaum.
And lest we forget … the rest of the world
- Yemen needs a rescue package before it’s too late. Read Ali Alhajori from the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Devex
- A tribute to veteran journalist Robert Fisk in the Irish Times
- Ethiopia’s dangerous slide to civil war. Conflict in Africa’s second most populous nation bodes ill for the continent. Read Nic Cheeseman and Yohannes Woldemariam in Foreign Affairs.