Reviews

Review – Paramilitarism: Mass Violence in the Shadow of the State

John Paul Newman • Apr 30 2021 • Features

Üngör’s book presents a comprehensive account of the history and organisation of paramilitarism, tackling many of the difficulties faced when studying the subject.

Review – Whiskey & International Relations Theory

Filipe dos Reis and Adhemar Mercado • Apr 21 2021 • Features

The Whiskey & International Relations Theory podcast considers classical texts and recent debates in IR in an engaging and accessible way.

Review – US Strategy in the Asian Century: Empowering Allies and Partners

Eerishika Pankaj • Mar 31 2021 • Features

Denmark’s timely book includes a full assessment of US allies and partners and proposes logical strategic shifts necessary for the US in response to a rising China.

Review – 50 Years of US Study Abroad Students: Japan as the Gateway to Asia and Beyond

Eriks Varpahovskis • Mar 27 2021 • Features

Asada provides an in-depth analysis, deepening our understanding of student exchanges as a tool of knowledge diplomacy.

Review – Rights as Weapons: Instruments of Conflict, Tools of Power

Daniel Braaten • Feb 21 2021 • Features

Clifford Bob presents the ways in which multiple actors use human rights to advance their agendas, both liberal and illiberal.

Review – Discordant Democracy: Noise, Affect, Populism and the Presidential Campaign

Laura Kunreuther • Feb 14 2021 • Features

Justin Patch argues that sound (particularly noise) needs to be at the center of our understanding of democracy.

Review – Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances

Thomas Zeiler • Feb 7 2021 • Features

In her perceptive look at America’s alliance system since WWII, Rapp-Hooper argues that these defensive security guarantees were remarkably successful in deterring aggression.

Review – Erdoğan’s Empire: Turkey and the Politics of the Middle East

Matthew Goldman • Jan 31 2021 • Features

An insightful account of the rise and fall of Turkey’s efforts to become a ‘stand-alone power’ under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, ideal for a policy audience.

Review – James Ker-Lindsay’s YouTube Channel

Irene Fernández-Molina • Jan 24 2021 • Features

James Ker-Lindsay’s accessible YouTube videos provide a wealth of factual information, examples and analysis on the state, self-determination and secession.

Review – Popular Culture, Geopolitics and Identity

Adagbo Onoja • Jan 17 2021 • Features

This second edition presents fascinating demonstrations of popular culture in action and considers popular culture beyond the representational.

Review – First Raise a Flag: How South Sudan Won the Longest War but Lost the Peace

Cliff (Ubba) Kodero • Jan 11 2021 • Features

A meticulously researched, revelatory, and engrossing account of how South Sudan’s pursuit of statehood became a struggle for survival.

Review – Globalizing Morocco: Transnational Activism and the Postcolonial State

Blanca Camps-Febrer • Jan 2 2021 • Features

An important contribution to the history of nationalism in Morocco, especially US-Moroccan history.

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