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Review – The China Choice

Review – The China Choice

No serious thinker on global and Asian regional security matters can afford to be ignorant of this book’s central thesis- America must make a choice very soon regarding China: to relinquish primacy to share power with China in a concert of Asia.

Review – Obama and the Middle East

Review – Obama and the Middle East

As Barack Obama prepares to enter a second term Fawaz Gerges assesses his first term in relation to the Middle East, examining the major themes and historical constraints of Obama’s foreign policy.

Review – Why Leaders Lie

Review – Why Leaders Lie

Does lying in international politics occur? How often? Who benefits? What are the consequences? There are many questions to be considered in Mearsheimer’s Why Leaders Lie and it provides a starting point for further research and discussion.

Review – The Routledge Handbook of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Review – The Routledge Handbook of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

Paul B. Rich and Isabelle Duyvesteyn’s new handbook offers an opportunity to survey the state of the art in ‘orthodox’ counterinsurgency thinking.

Review – Democracy, Islam, And Secularism in Turkey

Review – Democracy, Islam, And Secularism in Turkey

Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey illuminates some of the most compelling and significant questions driving the central debates in contemporary Turkey.

Review – Peacebuilding Through Community-Based NGOs

Review – Peacebuilding Through Community-Based NGOs

This book by Max Stephenson Jr. and Laura Zanotti discusses the contribution that NGOs, and civil society more generally, can make to peacebuilding.

Review – Ill-gotten Money and the Economy

Review – Ill-gotten Money and the Economy

Yikona et al. examine the efforts and effectiveness of Namibia and Malawi in fighting against money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and corruption. Their brevity makes for a very fast, and engaging, read.

Review – The European Union in the Security of Europe

Review – The European Union in the Security of Europe

Marsh and Rees’ book is a welcome contribution to the literature – empirically rich, insightful and compelling – recommended reading for any EU foreign policy student.

Review – Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond

Review – Neopatrimonialism in Africa and Beyond

This volume moves beyond orthodox presentations of neopatrimonialism and the African state, but it does not offer anything particularly new or radical in its approach, whether theoretical or empirical.

Review – War Beyond the Battlefield

Review – War Beyond the Battlefield

David Grondin’s edited collection represents a variety of perspectives that aim to demonstrate that the locus of battle is not on the traditional battlefield in the War on Terror.

Review – Gender, Sex and the Postnational Defence

Review – Gender, Sex and the Postnational Defence

In Gender, Sex and the Postnational Defence, Annica Kronsell challenges an assumption that gender mainstreaming is more achievable than gender parity in military organisations.

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