United States combat troops are set to fully withdraw from Afghanistan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets U.S. President Joe Biden in the White House, and Iraq hosts a regional summit.
Afghans await what will follow the Taliban’s seizure of Kabul, foreign capitals grapple with the consequences of the collapse of Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government, and recriminations fly in the United States over the Taliban’s return to power.
The world reacts to a grim report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Taliban forces advance across Afghanistan as the United States completes its withdrawal, and Ethiopia’s civil conflict worsens.
In this special episode of The World Next Week, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Carla Anne Robbins joins James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon to discuss the books they recommend reading, the books they’re looking forward to reading, and the books they’re reading for fun. (This is a rebroadcast.)
Read more about Jim, Bob, and Carla’s picks on Jim’s blog, The Water’s Edge.
This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arm Race, by Nicole Perlroth
Objects of Desire, by Clare Sestanovich
Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter—Then, Now, and Forever, by John McWhorter
Missionaries, by Phil Klay
Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague, Geraldine Brooks
“Power of the Powerless” in Living in Truth, by Vaclav Havel
The Price of Peace: Money , Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, by Zachary D. Carter
The Transparency of Time, by Leonardo Padura
George Smiley Novels, by John le Carré