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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Forgetting Tiananmen Square. Benjamin Read reviews Louisa Lim’s The People’s Republic of Amnesia and Rowena Xioaqing He’s Tiananmen Exiles.

Growing up after Tiananmen. Helen Gao describes the attitudes of the post-Tiananmen generation in China.

The poet of containment. James Carden reviewsThe Kennan Diaries in the current issue of TAC.

D-Day and realism. Zachary Keck dissects Roger Cohen’s latest silly argument.

Sisi channels Salazar. Nathan Brown and Oren Samet-Marram explain how Egypt’s new president is similar to “anti-ideological” authoritarian rulers of the past.

Remembering Operation Blue Star. On the thirtieth anniversary of the operation, Nida Najar rounds up a number of reflections on the Indian Army’s assault at the Golden Temple and its consequences. Mark Tully recounts what happened during and after the assault.

Maybe Kagan should retire. Tom Switzer revisits Owen Harries’ earlier criticisms of Robert Kagan’s hegemonist agenda.

The World Cup and nationalism. Andrew Bertoli considers evidence that shows that states that qualify for the World Cup tend to behave more aggressively in their international dealings than those that don’t.

International law and morality. Samuel Moyn reviews Isabel Hull’s A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War.

Polling IR scholars. Foreign Policyreports on the results of a survey of all international relations academics in the U.S.

about the author

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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