JIPA Book Review Program

Dr. Jared McKinney manages our book review program. The journal publishes book reviews to inform our readers and enhance the content of its articles. Reviewers are asked to analyze the book and provide an exclusive, original, unpublished, concise evaluation. The first section of the analysis should normally be the shortest and indicate the type of book (biography, anthology, history, monograph, etc.). Include a very short author biographic citation and then describe the context of the book in the literature of the field. Next, thoroughly analyze the thesis and arguments in the work. What are the strong points of the argument? What are the limitations in the work, including author biases? Is the thesis supported? What are the implications of the argument? Are there any profound aspects of the book? This section will be the longest part of the analysis. Finally, the analysis should finish with recommendations for improvement. Clearly state whether this book is worth reading, who may find this book most interesting, and why.

All books are free to reviewers. Each analysis must be submitted electronically within 45 days of book receipt. Limit your text to approximately 1,000 words, carefully edited.

Submit reviews or questions via e-mail to: or If you are interested in reviewing a book other than those listed below, please discuss the matter with Dr. McKinney.

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Current Books for Review

Burke, Danita Catherine. Diplomacy and the Arctic Council. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. 

Cannon, Brendon J. and Kei Hakata, eds. Indo-Pacific Strategies: Navigating Geopolitics at the Dawn of a New Age. New York: Routledge, 2022. 

Christoffersen, Gaye. Russia in the Indo-Pacific: New Approaches to Russian Foreign Policy. New York: Routledge, 2022. 

Green, Michael J. Line of Advantage: Japan's Grand Strategy in the Era of Abe Shinzō. New York: Colombia University Press, 2022. 

Hattori, Ryuji. Japan and the Origins of the Asia-Pacific Order: Masayoshi Ohira's Diplomacy and Philosophy. Singapore: Springer, 2022. 

Heiduk, Felix. Asian Geopolitics and the US-China Rivalry. New York: Routledge, 2022.

Hensel, Howard M., ed. Air Power in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific: Understanding Regional Security Dynamics. New York: Routledge, 2021.

Le, Tom Phuong. Japan’s Aging Peace: Pacifism and Militarism in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2021. 

Malhotra, Aditi and Verlag Barbara Budrich. India in the Indo-Pacific: Understanding India's security orientation towards Southeast and East Asia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2022.

Merlan, Francesca. Dynamics of Difference in Australia: Indigenous Past and Present in a Settler Country. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Panda, Jagannath P. and Ernest Gunasekara-Rockwell, eds., Quad Plus and Indo-Pacific: The Changing Profile of International Relations. New York: Routledge, 2022.

Park, Eugene Y. Korea: A History. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2022.

Patton, Robert G., Patrick Köllner, and Balazs Kiglics, eds. From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Diplomacy in a Contested Region. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

Smith, James M. and Paul J. Bolt, eds., China's Strategic Arsenal: Worldview, Doctrine, and Systems. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2021. 

Wyatt, Austin. The Disruptive Impact of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems Diffusion: Modern Melians and the Dawn of Robotic Warriors. New York: Routledge, 2022.