Reading Room


  • 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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  • 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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