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  • Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan

    In recent years, Japan appears to have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold drive towards transforming Japan’s economy, some observers might argue that the halting recovery from the devastating...

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  • Deconstructing the “Democratic peace”: How a Research Agenda Boomeranged

    Deconstructing the “Democratic peace”: How a Research Agenda Boomeranged

    At the International Studies Association Convention in Toronto in March, Michael Haas chaired a roundtable where he presented his newest book Deconstructing the "Democratic Peace": How a Research Agenda Boomeranged. In his book, Haas pursues...

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  • China’s Borders: Settlements and Conflicts

    China’s Borders: Settlements and Conflicts

    Neville Maxwell has long been known to specialists as a London Times reporter at the time of the India-China war in 1962 over disputed borders between the two countries.  He has spent much of his time since then researching this and other border...

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  • Friendly Fire:  Nuclear Politics & the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987

    Friendly Fire: Nuclear Politics & the Collapse of ANZUS, 1984-1987

    Wellington’s alliance dispute with Washington over port access by United States vessels in the wake of New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy remains the most important foreign policy crisis for Australia’s close neighbour in recent memory. Gerald...

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  • Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of our National Obsession

    Anzac’s Long Shadow: The Cost of our National Obsession

    The approaching centenary of World War I has triggered some public questioning about the scale, character and purpose of the commemorations being planned in Australia. Among the critics is James Brown, a former Australian Army officer who served...

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  • The G20: A New Geopolitical World Order

    The G20: A New Geopolitical World Order

    Even in the year of that Australia holds the presidency, few Australians are deeply familiar with the G20, how it operates and what it can achieve in coming years. Karoline Postel-Vinay’s book helps readers better to understand the G20 in its...

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  • Fortunate Voyager: The Worlds of Ninian Stephen

    Fortunate Voyager: The Worlds of Ninian Stephen

    In February 1983 the Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser, fretted over speculation that Bob Hawke was about to topple Bill Hayden and assume the leadership of the Opposition. Attempting to dictate events rather than be dictated to by them, Fraser...

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  • Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War

    Dead Reckoning: Memories of the 1971 Bangladesh War

    Dead Reckoning is Sarmila Bose’s attempt to find a middle, and more factual, ground at the intersection of conflicting accounts of the 1971 Bangladesh War. Bose observes that the vast majority of the writing published on this subject is...

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  • Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military

    Exporting Security: International Engagement, Security Cooperation, and the Changing Face of the U.S. Military

    During the past decade, the U.S. military has shifted its strategic thinking to refocus the ‘situational awareness from the state level to the sub-state and even group levels’ and build military-civilian partnership to fill the roles ‘normally...

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  • Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

    Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

    How does one go from being a transnational recruiter for the world’s largest Islamist organisation, Hizb ut-Tahrir, to debating the use of torture with George W. Bush at a barbeque in Texas? If Maajid Nawaz’s autobiography, Radical, is any...

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