Reading Room


  • Reading Room: A Difficult Neighbourhood

    Reading Room: A Difficult Neighbourhood

    Russia’s aggression against Georgia and Ukraine as well as its reluctance to resolve the frozen conflicts in the region demonstrate that Eastern Europe is again a contested geopolitical sphere between Russia and the European Union. President...

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  • Reading Room: Australia’s American Alliance

    Reading Room: Australia’s American Alliance

    There is no doubt that the appearance of the latest edited volume by Peter J. Dean, Stephan Frühling and Brendan Taylor, Australia’s American Alliance, is a timely contribution. But how timely? The surprise election of Donald Trump as the 45th...

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  • Reading Room: Light and Shadow, Memoirs of a Spy’s Son

    Reading Room: Light and Shadow, Memoirs of a Spy’s Son

    If we’d had a competition for the most admired voice in Australian broadcasting, certainly the most distinctive, chances are the late Mark Colvin would have earned the votes of his peers. Mark might have shied from the comparison but if we...

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  • Reading Room: What is a Refugee?

    Reading Room: What is a Refugee?

    Professor William Maley’s book, What is a Refugee? seeks to contribute to the knowledge of the general reader about the complexity of refugee issues. It is a timely and valuable contribution given the context of the ongoing Syrian refugee...

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  • Reading Room: Current Issues in Transitional Justice

    Reading Room: Current Issues in Transitional Justice

    Judging by the plethora of recent books and academic articles, the field of transitional justice scholarship is booming. A gradual broadening of the field also seems to be underway with scholars identifying an ever-widening range of processes...

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  • Reading Room: Australia’s Northern Shield?

    Reading Room: Australia’s Northern Shield?

    Papua New Guinea rarely figures in public discussions about Australia’s defence and security planning. Australia’s policy tunnel vision focuses almost exclusively on the United States while its limited peripheral vision selectively takes in East...

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  • Reading Room: East Timor Intervention

    Reading Room: East Timor Intervention

    East Timor Intervention: A Retrospective on INTERFET, edited by John Blaxland, is an exemplary piece of work and recommended reading for anyone interested in East Timor or peacekeeping. Although there have been previous works assessing the...

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  • Reading Room: Sovereignty and Responsibility to Protect

    Reading Room: Sovereignty and Responsibility to Protect

    International relations experts and practitioners have tended to frame the responsibility to protect principle (R2P) as a radical departure from a long history of absolutist sovereignty that prevailed following the Peace of Westphalia in the...

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  • Reading Room: Fighting with America

    Reading Room: Fighting with America

    The title of James Curran’s new book, Fighting with America, is deliberately ambiguous. Australia has repeatedly fought alongside America but Australia has also ‘fought’ in disagreements with America and the United States has done the...

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  • Reading Room: New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific

    Reading Room: New Regional Geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific

    The notion of an Indo-Pacific region has now been circulating for at least half a decade. It first emerged in a flurry of policy documents in the early 2010s most notably, in an Australian context, in the Gillard government’s Defence White Paper...

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