Reading Room: Russia’s Far East
By reviewer Chris Farnham
When most of us think of Russia we think of Moscow, St Petersburg, Crimea and the like; few think of Russia's Far East and we may only recall that Russia is a Pacific nation when the news reports that Russia is flying military aircraft close to...
After two coups, a decade of political strife and this week's referendum vote in favour of further military involvement in government, Thai politics deserves serious analysis, grounded in facts and marked by rich cultural interpretation. In this...
Eyewitness to Early Reform in Myanmar
By reviewer Dr Andrew Selth
Australia has a strong tradition of diplomatic memoirs. Many former ambassadors and other officials have recorded their experiences and impressions of international events. The National Library of Australia (NLA) holds the private papers of...
Managing Global Health Security
By reviewer Dr Lai-Ha Chan
While significant technological advances have been made in biomedical science since the end of the past century, we are still far from the prospect of a future free from health threats. Since the beginning of this century, we have witnessed...
Child Security in Asia: The impact of armed conflict in Cambodia and Myanmar
By reviewer Dr Mhairi Cowden
As Hillary Clinton graces the news daily during the presidential campaign, I am reminded of the words she wrote in 1973 that children’s rights are a ‘slogan in search of a definition’. At the time she was still Hillary Rodham and Bill, serving...
The Growing Power of Japan
By reviewer Mike Fogarty
Hugh Cortazzi's book has received glowing reviews including from Sir David Warren for the Japan Society and Arthur Stockwin for the Japan Forum. The book concentrates on diplomatic dispatches from 1967-72. Dispatches may have lost their unique...
Review: Reagan and Pinochet
By reviewer Dr Sean Burges
The role and influence of the US in Chilean politics over the last 30 years of the 20th century is a fraught and complicated terrain, deeply complicated by the ideological convictions of those taking up the subject. Was Chile simply a plaything...
This pithy and readable book examines India’s responses to China’s increasingly assertive approaches to its neighbours and to the US pivot to the Asia-Pacific, signaled by Barack Obama in late 2011. Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi argue that...