Reading Room


  • Reading Room: Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy

    Reading Room: Hamas, Jihad and Popular Legitimacy

    This book contributes meaningfully to a small but steadily growing body of literature that seeks to move away from the predominantly securitised analyses of the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas. It presents a holistic, though somewhat...

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  • Reading Room: American Naval Thinking in the Post-Cold War Era

    Reading Room: American Naval Thinking in the Post-Cold War Era

    The development of the United States’ maritime strategy remains a source of enduring fascination for naval watchers. Peter D. Haynes’ exceptional book provides insights into the various beliefs, dogmas, ideologies and motivations that animated...

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  • Reading Room: Australia and Latin America

    Reading Room: Australia and Latin America

    As an Australian focused on Latin America, I am frequently asked, “Why Latin America?” This edited book comes at a pivotal time in Australian-Latin American relations and provides a comprehensive analytical response to this oft-asked question....

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  • Reading Room: Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific

    Reading Room: Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific

    Regions are not some natural or objective outcome of geography. They are a social construct. The idea of a region creates a mental map of how we view the world, with all the political, economic and military consequences that flow from that. In...

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  • Reading Room: Return to Moscow

    Reading Room: Return to Moscow

    Given Russia’s return to the world stage in the Caucasus, in Ukraine and in Syria, plus the allegations of involvement in Trump’s election victory, it is timely to have a new analysis of Putin’s Russia. Tony Kevin, a former Australian diplomat,...

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  • Reading Room: Surviving Peace

    Reading Room: Surviving Peace

    One of the many over-valued witticisms of Winston Churchill concerns the slice of Europe known as the Balkans: ‘The Balkans generates more history than it can locally consume", he once remarked. Churchill, like most of his contemporaries,...

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  • Reading Room: A War of Words

    Reading Room: A War of Words

    There is clearly a demand for the histories of Australians’ experiences in war. In 2015 we observed the centenary of Gallipoli and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Along with the various official recollections of what went on...

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  • Reading Room: China in the Era of Xi Jinping

    Reading Room: China in the Era of Xi Jinping

    November 2012 witnessed China’s second orderly succession of power, with Xi Jinping taking control of both the Chinese Communist Party and the armed forces from Hu Jintao. With a robust mandate for reform, Xi has quickly emerged as the strongest...

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  • Reading Room: Essays in Honour of Coral Bell

    Reading Room: Essays in Honour of Coral Bell

    For Desmond Ball, the completion of Power and International Relations: Essays in Honour of Coral Bell was a labour of love. Indeed, it was one of his final projects; working on it enhanced and probably extended his life as his illness...

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  • Reading Room: War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar

    Reading Room: War and Peace in the Borderlands of Myanmar

    One of the puzzles of Myanmar's political transition is the June 2011 collapse of the ceasefire that had been in place since 1994 in Kachin, in Myanmar's far north bordering on China. When I travelled in Kachin state midway through the ceasefire...

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