Book of the Week: “Earth at risk: natural capital and the quest for sustainability” by Claude Henry and Laurence Tubiana

We are squandering our planet’s natural capital – its biodiversity, water and soil, and climate stability – at a blistering pace. Major changes must be made to steer our planet and people away from our current, doomed course.

Though technology has been one of the drivers of the current trend of unsustainable development, it is also one of the essential tools for remedying it.

Earth at Risk maps out the necessary transition to sustainability, detailing the innovations in science and technology, along with law, institutional design, and economics, that can and must be put to use to avert environmental catastrophe.

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2018
Call Number: 577 HEIA 121248

Book of the Week: “The law & politics of Brexit” by Angela Saini

A timely comprehensive legal and political analysis of how Brexit affects the UK and the EU.

The decision made by the United Kingdom in 2016 to leave the European Union has produced shock waves across Europe and the world. Brexit calls into question consolidated assumptions on the finality of the EU, and simultaneously sparks new challenges. These new challenges are not only in regard of the constitutional settlements reached in the UK, notably in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but also on the future of European integration. Now that Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union has been invoked, and the path towards full withdrawal by the UK from the EU remains clouded in uncertainties, a comprehensive legal and political analysis of how Brexit impacts on UK and the EU appears of the utmost importance.

Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
Call Number: 327.9(42) HEIA 120158

Book of the Week: “Inferior: how science got women wrong and the new research that’s rewriting the story” by Angela Saini

What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew.

In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating—and sorely necessary—new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, she finds that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice.

Her book investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women’s brains, bodies, and role in human evolution.

Publisher: Boston: Beacon Press, [2017]
Call Number: 305.4 HEIA 119372

Book of the Week: “Kings and presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR” by Bruce Riedel

An insider’s account of the often-fraught U.S.-Saudi relationship.

Saudi Arabia and the United States have been partners since 1943, when President Roosevelt met with two future Saudi monarchs. Subsequent U.S. presidents have had direct relationships with those kings and their successors– setting the tone for a special partnership between an absolute monarchy with a unique Islamic identity and the world’s most powerful democracy. Although based in large part on economic interests, the U.S.-Saudi relationship has rarely been smooth.

Publisher: Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2018
Call Number: 327(532/73) HEIA 121331

Livre de la semaine : “Demain la Chine : démocratie ou dictature ?” de Jean-Pierre Cabestan

Une thèse communément admise voudrait que le développement économique spectaculaire de la Chine et l’expansion d’une classe moyenne qu’il entraîne favorisent tôt ou tard une libéralisation de son régime politique et une évolution plus ou moins douce vers la démocratie. Est-ce si sûr ?

Jean-Pierre Cabestan montre la fragilité de cette thèse en regard du fonctionnement réel du système politique chinois et de ses rapports avec la société. Il expose les raisons qui rendent beaucoup plus probable le maintien d’un régime autoritaire et modernisateur dirigé sans partage par le Parti communiste, la principale étant le large consensus des élites autour de ce projet.

Editeur : Paris : Gallimard
Cote : 321.7(51) HEIA 122732


Jean-Pierre Cabestan sera présent à l’Institut, le mercredi 31 octobre, pour une conférence intitulée “China’s Future: Democracy or Dictatorship, Rule of Law or Rule by Law?”