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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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  • Reading Room: Twitter and Jihad

    Reading Room: Twitter and Jihad

    How did terrorists get so tech-savvy? What is it about the Islamic State’s social media communication that managed to attract thousands of fighters from around the world? This edited volume by Maggioni and Magri is one of the earliest attempts...

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  • Reading Room: Trading Places

    Reading Room: Trading Places

    Does Asia dominate Australia’s economic future? Is China just for big business? Why are South Koreans eating so much Aussie beef? Why do the Danes love all things Tasmanian? Are Canadians just like Australians? These are just a sample of the...

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  • Reading Room: Children’s Rights

    Reading Room: Children’s Rights

    From a refugee child to a teenage suicide bomber to Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, children play multiple roles in international affairs. This raises questions of children’s rights, capacity and agency. The question of whether children...

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  • Reading Room: The Gatekeepers of Australian Foreign Policy

    Reading Room: The Gatekeepers of Australian Foreign Policy

    Australian diplomacy is now a fertile field with an institutional history spanning more than 80 years. Authors no longer plough a lonely furrow. As the title infers, the work is a sweeping survey of Australia’s conduct of international relations...

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  • Reading Room: Abe’s Remarkable Restoration

    Reading Room: Abe’s Remarkable Restoration

    In December 2012, Shinzō Abe achieved perhaps the most remarkable comeback of post-war Japanese politics by becoming the Japanese prime minister for a second time. Not since Shigeru Yoshida in 1948 has a Japanese politician managed such a feat....

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