Features

E-IR publishes regular feature pieces, including reviews of the latest books and interviews with leading figures in the field.

Review – Mao’s Great Famine

Review – Mao’s Great Famine

In 1957 Chairman Mao Zedong launched a programme of rapid industrialisation with the ostensible aim of overtaking British steel production within 15 years. Over the following four years millions died in the greatest famine in history. Using recently opened archival material, Frank Dikötter has exposed the scale of this disaster in greater detail than any writer before and illustrates Mao’s central role in the suffering and devastation.

Review – John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

Review – John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

As the product of a noted political scientist and longtime space policy specialist at George Washington University, John Logsdon’s John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon has been long awaited. It brings new insight into the history of the most spectacular U.S. and human space commitment ever accomplished.

Review – Counterstrike

Review – Counterstrike

Can al-Qaeda and like-minded terrorist groups be deterred? The Bush and Obama administrations both eventually concluded that they can be, according to a new book based on first hand accounts by Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker.

Student Book Features: 21st Century Issues in IR

Student Book Features: 21st Century Issues in IR

The end of the Cold War led to the emergence of several areas of study that were somewhat muted in the era of superpower conflict.

Review – The Role of Energy in Russian Foreign Policy towards Kazakhstan

Review – The Role of Energy in Russian Foreign Policy towards Kazakhstan

This in-depth study into the complex and multi-faceted aspect of the role of oil and gas in Russian foreign policy goes beyond the headlines, taking the reader through the hydrocarbon fields, and into the backroom of energy contract negotiations between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan since 1991. It is recommended reading for all regional or country-experts and interested readers alike.

Review – Chinese Aerospace Power, Evolving Maritime Roles

Review – Chinese Aerospace Power, Evolving Maritime Roles

With the large amount of scholarship that details Chinese aerospace technology and its application into military power, there is always a danger any edited volume could get lost in the crowd. This book clearly has no such troubles. The work assembles what constitutes an all-star cast of scholars to discuss one of the most timely security studies subjects of the 21st century.

Interview – Gareth Evans

Interview – Gareth Evans

One of the most depressing, and distressing, realities we have to acknowledge has been our inability to prevent or halt the recurring horror of mass atrocity crimes.

Review – A Contest For Supremacy

Review – A Contest For Supremacy

Friedberg’s thesis is two-fold. First, he argues the United States and China are locked in a quiet but increasingly intense struggle for power and influence in Asia and across the globe, which will only become more acute as China continues to accumulate more power. Second, the emerging rivalry is not the result of easily erased misperceptions, but driven by power politics and differing ideologies

e-IR Guide to International Politics Academics on Twitter

e-IR Guide to International Politics Academics on Twitter

Twitter is a tool with real potential. That’s why we’re building a list of top tweeters from universities around the world.

Review – The Future of Power

Review – The Future of Power

In ‘The Future of Power’, Joseph S. Nye outlines a synthesis of his more than two decades of scholarship on the future of world power politics. Nye explains how power works and how it is changing under the conditions of a burgeoning revolution in information technology, globalization, and the return of Asia in the 21st century.

Student Book Features: Two Essential IR Textbooks

Student Book Features: Two Essential IR Textbooks

Finding a good textbook to see you through your studies is no small matter. Books are not cheap, and a hasty purchase can be an expensive mistake.

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