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Book Review: ‘Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11’

March 7, 2018

Reviewed by Ioana Ilie   Michael Allen, Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11. USA, University of Nebraska Press, Potomac Books, Inc., 2013. ISBN: 978-1-61234-823-0. Pp. 280. Paperback. £13.99.   Michael Allen’s book Blinking Red attempts to be the authoritative legislative history of the U.S. Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) … Continue reading “Book Review: ‘Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11’”


Book Review: “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?”

May 15, 2017

Reviewed by: Millie Radovic   The term ‘Counter-Insurgency’, also known as COIN, has in the post-9/11 era become synonymous with Afghanistan. Nearing its sixteenth year, the NATO-led campaign to defeat the Taliban insurgency that followed the US invasion in 2001, is not short of critical literature. In Metin Gurcan’s What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?, the author tackles … Continue reading “Book Review: “What Went Wrong in Afghanistan?””


Book Review – Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There

April 26, 2017

By: Bradley Lineker Introduction Utopianism has long been discredited in political thinking. According to theorists like Hannah Arendt and Karl Popper, the pursuit of perfection has invariably ended in tyranny, disaster, and death. Yet, on the first page of Rutger Bregman’s[1] new book, Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There, there is a … Continue reading “Book Review – Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There”


Book review: ‘The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu’ by Neill Lochery

January 9, 2017

Reviewed by: Lauren Mellinger In November 2016, the latest crisis in Israeli domestic politics threatening to destabilize – or possibly bring down the government altogether – broke out in a heated battle in the Knesset over the pending evacuation of the Amona outpost in the West Bank. The Prime Minister was forced to battle on … Continue reading “Book review: ‘The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu’ by Neill Lochery”


Book Review: Belfast to Benghazi

October 10, 2016

Reviewed by: Andrea Vasori Rupert Wieloch, Belfast to Benghazi: Untold challenges of war, (Cirencester: Mereo Books), 2016; ISBN-13: 978-1861515667 War is a notoriously complex event. It impacts the life of thousands of individuals, each of which with her own different perspective on the conflict. For this reason, personal records are invaluable in helping to grasp the … Continue reading “Book Review: Belfast to Benghazi”


Book Review: ‘A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence’

August 19, 2016

Reviewed By:  Kate Dinnison D. Davis, D. Kilcullen, G. Mills and D. Spencer, A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence, (London, UK: Hurst&Co. Publishing), 2016; ISBN-13: 978-1849046282 Since its liberation from Spain by Simon Bolivar in 1819, la Republica de Colombia has been perpetually at war, almost 150 of its 195 years.  Colombia, for a long … Continue reading “Book Review: ‘A Great Perhaps? Colombia: Conflict and Convergence’”


Book Review: Bremmer, Ian (2015), Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World

August 15, 2016

Reviewed by: Alexandria Reid Bremmer, I. Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World, ( London: Portfolio Penguin), 2015. ISBN:978 0 24121 677 4 In his latest book, written with America’s 2016 election in mind, policy pundit and LinkedIn favourite Ian Bremmer laid out three competing visions of America’s future role in the world. Deliberately … Continue reading “Book Review: Bremmer, Ian (2015), Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World”


Book review: ‘Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force’ by Michael A. Innes

July 4, 2016

Reviewed by: Lauren Dickey Michael A. Innes (ed.), Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2012). A Futile Attempt to Make Sense of Proxy Wars At the end of the Cold War, and especially in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the study of … Continue reading “Book review: ‘Making Sense of Proxy Wars: States, Surrogates & the Use of Force’ by Michael A. Innes”


Book review: 'America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam' by Christopher Lawrence

May 23, 2016

Reviewed by: Cheng Lai Ki Christopher Lawrence. America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. Oxford, UK. Casemate Publishers, 2015. ISBN: 978-1612002781. Hardcover. £19.99 Compared to other countries around the world, the United States military possesses the largest expenditure rate in the world of around $640,221million, according to a study conducted by the Brookings in 2014.[1] … Continue reading “Book review: 'America’s Modern Wars: Understanding Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam' by Christopher Lawrence”


Book review: ‘The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power’ by Patrick Porter

April 19, 2016

By: Yuji Develle Patrick Porter. The Global Village Myth: Distance, War and the Limits of Power. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press/ distr. by Hurst and Co, 2015. ISBN: 978-18-49-04544-5. Pp. 242. Paperback. £17.99. The Global Village Myth attacks ‘globalist’ thinking head-on and arrives at no better time. An empirically backed assault on how contemporary neo-liberal … Continue reading “Book review: ‘The Global Village Myth: Distance, War, and the Limits of Power’ by Patrick Porter”


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