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  1. Emily Morris: Unexpected Cuba Alone among the ex-Comecon countries, Cuba has forged a distinctive path since 1991—not transition to capitalism but careful adjustment to external change, safeguarding its gains in social provision and national sovereignty. Emily Morris challenges the view that Havana will have to embrace the market and submit to foreign capital if it is to survive.
  2. Marco D'Eramo: UNESCOcide From Venice to Edinburgh, Porto to Rhodes, San Gimignano to Luang Prabang—the World Heritage label as vital tool for the global tourist industry, but death sentence for the hurly-burly of real urban life.
  3. Gleb Pavlovsky: Putin’s World Outlook Former Kremlin advisor and election manager offers a unique account of the Russian leader’s ideological formation and worldview. A Soviet-realist analysis of the failings of the USSR and the actual motivations of the capitalist states.
  4. Kevin Pask: Mosaics of American Nationalism Annealed through expansionism after the Civil War, could America’s sectional divisions re-emerge if the empire falters? Kevin Pask explores the changing parameters—closing frontiers, rising Sunbelt—of the nationalism that dares not speak its name.
  5. Jean-Paul Sartre: Marxism and Subjectivity Transcript of Sartre’s 1961 Lecture at the Istituto Gramsci in Rome, previously unpublished in English. A sustained philosophical riposte to Lukács’s History and Class Consciousness and argument for a concept of subjectivity as process, vividly illustrated in concrete situations.
  6. Fredric Jameson: Sartre’s Actuality Reflections on the occasion of the Rome Lecture and on its themes. Dialectic of the inside and the outside, the surprising role of non-knowledge in subjectivity—and new technologies and labour processes as experiential grounds for transformation in class consciousness.
  7. Wolfgang Streeck: The Politics of Exit Wolfgang Streeck on Peter Mair, Ruling the Void. Diagnosis of Western democracy’s hollowing in the final work of a political-science master.
  8. Michael Scott Christofferson: A Mind of the Left? Michael Christofferson on Christophe Prochasson, François Furet. A former colleague supplies the case for the defence.
  9. Kristin Surak: Re-selling Japan Kristin Surak on David Pilling, Bending Adversity. Hopes for a Thatcherized Japan in Fukushima’s wake from the FT’s man in Tokyo.
  10. Ho-fung Hung: Canadianization Hung Ho-Fung on Leo Panitch & Sam Gindin, The Making of Global Capitalism. Canada provides the model for America’s frictionless rise to global supremacy.


  1. Gleb Pavlovsky,
    ‘Putin’s World Outlook’ Former Kremlin advisor and election manager offers a unique account of the Russian leader’s ideological formation and worldview. A Soviet-realist analysis of the failings of the USSR and the actual motivations of the capitalist states.


  1. Annexations, After decades of connivance with territorial seizures from Palestine to East Timor, the West rediscovers the principle of state sovereignty in Crimea. The actual record of 20th-century land grabs, and the cross-cutting geopolitical pressures bearing down on Ukraine.
  2. 2011, Echoes of past rebellions in 2011’s global upsurge of protest. Against a backdrop of world economic slump, what forces will shape the outcome of contests between a raddled system and its emergent challengers?
  3. Arab Concatenation, From Tunis to Manama, 2011 has brought a chain-reaction of popular upheavals, in a region where imperial domination and domestic despotism have long been entwined. A call for political liberty to reconnect with social equality and Arab fraternity, in a radical new internationalism.
  4. NLR at 50, What remains of the neo-liberal order after the implosion of 2008—with what implications for a journal of the left? Notes for a future research agenda, as NLR enters its quinquagenary year.
  5. Wall Street Crisis, Against mainstream accounts, Peter Gowan argues that the origins of the global financial crisis lie in the dynamics of the New Wall Street System that has emerged since the 1980s. Contours of the Atlantic model, and implications—geopolitical, ideological, economic—of its blow-out.
  6. NPT, What are the geopolitical origins of the NPT, and what are its actual effects? Non-proliferation as nuclear privilege of the few, weapon of intimidation of the one, submission of the many—and its impact on the peace movement.
  7. Afghanistan, Reasons for the West’s stalemate in Afghanistan sought neither in lack of troops and imperial treasure, nor in Pakistani obstruction, but in the very nature of the occupation regime. Tariq Ali on the actual results of ‘state-building’ in the Hindu Kush, as a broken country is subjected to the combined predations of NGOs and NATO.
  8. Concert of Powers, A reckoning of global shifts in political and economic relations, with China emerging as new workshop of the world and US power, rationally applied elsewhere, skewed by Israeli interests in the Middle East. Oppositions to it gauged, along with theoretical visions that offer exits from the perpetual free-market present.
  9. Force and Consent As war looms again in the Middle East, what are the aims of the Republican Administration, and how far do they mark a break in the long-term objectives of US global strategy? The changing elements of American hegemony in the post-Cold War world.
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