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International Affairs by Davis K. Thanjan

International AffairsReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

Anyone who likes to keep up with world affairs and America’s international relationships with the other countries of the world will find International Affairs by Davis K. Thanjan to be a fascinating read. The volume combines interesting facts about the countries it discusses with an astute eye towards how they influence the United States and vice-versa. It’s part an a book of facts, and in part a political analysis of how much influence other nations have upon America and the reasons why they do. If you’re looking for an excellent reference tool to help you research information about the U.S. foreign policy and the role it plays in shaping international politics, trade, and war and peace around the globe, then International Affairs is a book made especially with you in mind.

The book begins with a chapter on the world as a whole, and then each of the following chapters focuses on the various world and government organizations and the different countries as individual entities and as they interrelate with the U.S.A. So, you can read about such facts as how the world’s countries rank in their oil consumption and production, GNP, and their coal reserves. How many nuclear bombs have been detonated since 1945? More than 2,000. How many nations are in the Arab League? 21. Which nation was suspended from it in 2011? Libya. Who owns the sea beds, if anyone? Read the book to find out!

Do you know which countries make up the Euro Zone? What is the European Economic Area (EEA)? Did you know that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) “is one of the largest international security organizations”? But, despite this, they have largely failed to provide much of a degree of security. Thanjan’s book mentions several instances of times it has failed in its stated aim to provide security, which makes the organization’s relevance “questionable.”