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Review – The Politics of Political Science

Review – The Politics of Political Science

Paulo Ravecca’s original and innovative book reflects on the state of the discipline of political science in Latin America via the deconstruction of hegemonic visions.

Review – Keepers of the Future: La Coordinadora of El Salvador

Review – Keepers of the Future: La Coordinadora of El Salvador

Avi Lewis’ documentary demonstrates how a Salvadorian community are overcoming violent conflict, prioritising their relationship with nature and participatory democracy.

Review – Russia’s Public Diplomacy: Evolution and Practice

Review – Russia’s Public Diplomacy: Evolution and Practice

This volume highlights historical approaches as well as the distinct features of Russia’s public diplomacy, such as its positioning as the guardian of traditional values.

Review Feature – The US Foreign Policy Consensus in Crisis

Review Feature – The US Foreign Policy Consensus in Crisis

Richard Coughlin analyses Kagan and Walt’s decade old debate on IR theory, the clash between realism and liberalism and how it ties into modern politics in the Trump era.

Review – Seeing Politics

Review – Seeing Politics

Using narrative feature film as a method of co-production, Harman brings feminist and decolonial works into conversation with the visual and aesthetic turns in IR.

Review – Social Closure and International Society

Review – Social Closure and International Society

Naylor’s framework analyses how state and non-state actors compete for status within international society by focusing on social division, stratification and closure.

Review – The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

Review – The Empty Throne: America’s Abdication of Global Leadership

Daalder and Lindsay’s book critiques the loss of US leadership under Trump but fails to break new ground or present a clear account of what leadership is or should be.

Review – From Righteousness to Far Right

Review – From Righteousness to Far Right

Mc Cluskey proposes an anthropological rethinking of critical security studies by focusing on the response of a small Swedish village to 100 resettled Syrian refugees.

Review – The EU-Japan Partnership in Shadow of China

Review – The EU-Japan Partnership in Shadow of China

This edited collection considers the developments in EU-Japan relations within the current shifting and uncertain international context of the rise of China and populism.

Review – Thucydides on the Outbreak of War

Review – Thucydides on the Outbreak of War

Jaffe’s excellent and accessible book deals with the state of the art literature on realism and constructivism and challenges realist interpretations of Thucydides.

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Review – The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

Richard Sakwa argues this is a strange book that attempts to defend the liberal order but demonstrates similar failings to other books within the New Cold War literature.

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