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Review – The Breaking of Nations

Review – The Breaking of Nations

This collection of essays by Robert Cooper offers a concise yet often controversial view of Europe’s place in the new world order and of what can be done to tackle fanaticism.

Review – After Empire

Review – After Empire

Ambitious in scope, Peter Zarrow’s After Empire is a descriptive and analytical history of the intellectual currents that swept away China’s edifice of kingship and erected a new polity.

Review – Reforming Democracies

Review – Reforming Democracies

Douglas Chalmers’ analysis seeks to look in new places to propose a reform agenda that is focused on an entirely different set of processes than scholars have traditionally covered.

Review – The Permanent Crisis

Review – The Permanent Crisis

Shashank Joshi’s comprehensive analysis of Iran’s nuclear orientation contends that the West must employ the strategies of ‘compellence’ and ‘denial’ to influence Iran’s nuclear policies.

Review – Counterinsurgency Warfare

Review – Counterinsurgency Warfare

David Galula’s classical 1964 work Counterinsurgency Warfare is one of the most cited and maligned works on the subject. A modern review of the book is necessary to dispel the myths surrounding it.

Review – Never Forget National Humiliation

Review – Never Forget National Humiliation

The over-arching quest for nationalist legitimacy by the CCP is at the very heart of Zheng Wang’s must-read for anyone interested in post-Tiananmen Chinese nationalism.

Review – Seapower

Review – Seapower

In exploring how both competition and collaboration are redefining seapower in the 21st century, this insightful analysis contends that the Asia-Pacific’s growing might in this strategic arena is challenging the West’s comparative decline.

Review – Conscience: A Very Short Introduction

Review – Conscience: A Very Short Introduction

Paul Strohm’s ‘Conscience’ is at once an accessible, thought-provoking and often entertaining introduction to a controversial topic – a tour from the historic origins of the term right through to the present day.

Review – Framing Sarah Palin

Review – Framing Sarah Palin

Drawing on Palin’s rapid political ascent in 2008 and the partisan commentary that accompanied her rise, Framing Sarah Palin highlights the role of narratives in politics and the pitfalls of the self-created.

Review – From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment

Review – From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment

This timely collection of broad-ranging essays examines the failure of efforts to reform the Greek economy prior to 2010, and lays important context to suggest that the future is not bright.

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