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JOSHUA KEATING at Books Inc. Opera Plaza

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Joshua Keating--foreign policy analyst, staff writer, and editor at Slate--discusses his fascinating work, Invisible Countries: Journeys to the Edge of Nationhood.

What is a country? While certain basic criteria--borders, a government, and recognition from other countries--seem obvious, journalist Joshua Keating's book explores exceptions to these rules, including self-proclaimed countries such as Abkhazia, Kurdistan, and Somaliland, a Mohawk reservation straddling the U.S.-Canada border, and an island nation whose very existence is threatened by climate change. Through stories about these would-be countries' efforts at self-determination, as well as their respective challenges, Keating shows that there is no universal legal authority determining what a country is. He argues that although our current world map appears fairly static, economic, cultural, and environmental forces in the places he describes may spark change. Keating ably ties history to incisive and sympathetic observations drawn from his travels and personal interviews with residents, political leaders, and scholars in each of these "invisible countries."

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
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ISBN: 9780300221626
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Published: Yale University Press - June 26th, 2018