Author profile: Thomas Messer

Thomas Messer has studied international relations, political science, and strategic affairs at the Australian National University and the University of Queensland. Thomas’ interests include Asia-Pacific security, counterinsurgency, international diplomacy, international norms, and privatised military firms.

Review Feature – The Privatisation of Military Force

Review Feature – The Privatisation of Military Force

This review feature examines three books analysing private military firms and finds they each offer a valuable take on the private sector’s role in peacekeeping.

Review – Virtuous War

Review – Virtuous War

The use of drones in the War on Terror has become a legal and ethical minefield. James Der Derian’s timely book adds to the debate by exploring the role technology can play in fighting ‘virtuous wars’ with fewer casualties.

Review – Holiday Reading

Review – Holiday Reading

As the holiday period descends and students and scholars take a break, how do you keep your brain from stagnating? This feature contains four book recommendations to keep your mind stimulated.

Review – Why Leaders Lie

Review – Why Leaders Lie

Does lying in international politics occur? How often? Who benefits? What are the consequences? There are many questions to be considered in Mearsheimer’s Why Leaders Lie and it provides a starting point for further research and discussion.

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