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Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero
Jason Dittmer, author of Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero, penned an essay about the themes of geopolitics in the new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, on the Huffington Post website on April 8.

The Ethics of Care
Congratulations to Fiona Robinson and her book The Ethics of Care, which won the J. Ann Tickner Book Prize at the International Studies Association meeting last week. The prize seeks to recognize the author of a book that critically engages International Relations theory, that questions disciplinary assumptions, and that helps build practical knowledge to address pressing issues and contribute to a more just and peaceful world.

The International Monetary Fund and Latin America
Congratulations to Claudia Kedar and her book The International Monetary Fund and Latin America, which was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award Committee of the Latin American Studies Association. The award honors the author(s) of an outstanding book on Latin American foreign policies and international relations published in English, Spanish or Portuguese in any country.

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