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February 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 166

Anyone who likes to keep up with world affairs and America's international relationships with the other countries of the world will find International Affairs by Davis K. Thanjan to be a fascinating read. The volume combines interesting facts about the countries it discusses with an astute eye towards how they influence the United States and vice-versa. It's part an a book of facts, and in part a political analysis of how much influence other nations have upon America and the reasons why they do. If you're looking for an excellent reference tool to help you research information about the U.S. foreign policy and the role it plays in shaping international politics, trade, and war and peace around the globe, then International Affairs is a book made especially with you in mind.

The book begins with a chapter on the world as a whole, and then each of the following chapters focuses on the various world and government organizations and the different countries as individual entities and as they interrelate with the U.S.A. So, you can read about such facts as how the world's countries rank in their oil consumption and production, GNP, and their coal reserves. How many nuclear bombs have been detonated since 1945? More than 2,000. How many nations are in the Arab League? 21. Which nation was suspended from it in 2011? Libya. Who owns the sea beds, if anyone? Read the book to find out!

Do you know which countries make up the Euro Zone? What is the European Economic Area (EEA)? Did you know that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) "is one of the largest international security organizations"? But, despite this, they have largely failed to provide much of a degree of security. Thanjan's book mentions several instances of times it has failed in its stated aim to provide security, which makes the organization's relevance "questionable."

The organization of the chapters of International Affairs makes it very easy to look up wichever region or country you'd like to read information about. Sometimes, as you skim through the book, your eye will be attracted to other information about some region of the planet that you might not have though you'd be interested in reading about, only to discover fascinating facts that make you want to stop and read them.

One of the many examples of this that I encountered was when I was reading the chapter on "Eastern Europe." I hadn't expected to read about some of the reasons why "Russia is retreating from the democratic process," but I did, and learned that there are really several reason why. For instance, the election of 2007 "was corrupt, unfair and failed to meet the international standards." Also, there's been a crackdown on religious freedoms, and human rights violations are mounting. According to the author: "The rule of the law and the legal system is manipulated by the government." Could Russia be heading back down the road to being regarded as one of the most oppressive countries of the world?

International Affairs by Davis K. Thanjan is one of the most excellent reference books I've encountered to give you facts about the countries of the world and how they relate to the U.S.A. It's not necessarily a book that you will read cover-to-cover, as it deals with tons of facts and figures that may not pertain directly to what you might want to know; but, it does give one a broad general knowledge about international affairs. It's invaluable to discover the numerous ways the different countries of the world interrelate with each other and America. If you are interested in world politics, and the U.S.A.'s role in international affairs, then International Affairs by Davis K. Thanjan is a book I'd highly recommend.

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