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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.

Review Feature – Perspectives on Eco-Socialism

Review Feature – Perspectives on Eco-Socialism

At a time when it is apparent that green capitalist proposals are insufficient, these two books are welcome additions to the growing literature on eco-socialism.

Review – The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth

Review – The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth

Mandelbaum’s book is an analytically flawed, contradictory and unconventional piece of realist scholarship that considers the instability of the post-Cold War period.

Review – Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

Review – Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics

This handbook challenges the disciplinary fortress of IR and opens up a world of investigatory possibilities by equating post-colonial politics with global politics.

Review – Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention

Review – Media, Propaganda and the Politics of Intervention

Zollman’s book provides a well-supported analysis of the nature and significance of media, propaganda and intervention using six key events reported in three countries.

Review – The Left Case Against the EU

Review – The Left Case Against the EU

An important contribution to the left debate over the European Union that mercilessly shatters many of the arguments presented by ‘remain and reform’ advocates.

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