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The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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This 231-page book (exclusive of notes,etc) might have been a good read if it had been fleshed out 600+ pages. I'm tempted to think the shallowness in terms of examples reflects a 'classroom' discussion approach long on theory and very thin on application, but perhaps the author was just 'hurried along' to 'get this book out now'. I will say that if one picks out specific insights and invents applications, some parts could be useful -- which is why I'm giving it a three star. (I was tempted to go with two-stars). If you disagree and think I'm wrong on any or all of the points I've raise, please offer your own review here. Maybe I have blind spots.
The book sets out a theory of international relations that has the US version of center-left liberalism at its core. Personally, I don't even think a theory should give a special status to any country. If the author wants to build such a theory it has to be done seriously. US is also about religion, free enterprise and the exceptionalism doctrine, those aspects should have been dealt if she wanted a US specific theory. Is it really okay to have civilian bombing casualties just to send a signal to Russia? Difficult questions like this do not exist as the US is defined a a good power.
In her theory, the world is no longer just a chessboard, but also a network of actors. This means that the old power games between countries are no longer sufficient to understand the world. She says the old theories need to be complemented with new thinking. Personally, I don't buy that the world is fundamentally different today - at least not without solid evidence. There are lots of buzzwords from sociologists and management scholars studying social networks floating around in the book. A major problem is that she does not make any predictions about what will happens. Instead, she jumps directly to what the US should do in the international arena. If she is willing to make policy based on her theory, she should also be willing to make predictions. Otherwise, reread my first paragraph of this review. Academic thinkers should think deeply, and not provide academic cover to power. I think the author should decide if she is a dispassionate academic analyst or a passionate Democratic mover and shaker.
The book uses easy and informal language. It provides and an overview of some theories in international relations. She is also including a lot of work from social network theory in management research. The author loves buzzwords, which is frustrating because they are often not defined. Really a lot of management-speak. The book praises a number of people, who then praise the book in a blurb on its back cover. They could all tell the truth or they could just scratch each other's backs. My guess is that the book was meant as a sales pitch to get a job in President Hillary Clinton's cabinet.
Please read the author's comment to this review to make a more informed decision. The book is more about tactics than strategy, The book certainly makes more sense as tactics book, but that is not how it is sold on amazon. Maybe the academic publisher is hard-selling by implying the the book is about strategy. Know what you want before you buy this book.