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 Reviewers are asked to analyze the book and provide an exclusive, original, unpublished, concise evaluation.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 digital copies and 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

Amighini, Alessia. The Future of Xi’s China: Scenarios and Implications. Milan: Ledizioni, 2022. 

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.

Dunst, Charles. Defeating the Dictators: How Democracy Can Prevail in the Age of the Strongman. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2023. 

Grano, Simona A. and David Wei Feng Huang. China-US Competition: Impact on Small and Middle Powers' Strategic Choices. Palgrave Macmillan, 2023. 

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

Harmsen, Peter. Bernhard Sindberg: The Schindler of Nanjing. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2024.

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.

Hu, Angang, et al., 2050 China: Becoming a Great Modern Socialist Country. Singapore: Springer, 2020. 

Kirchberger, Sarah, Svenja Sinjen, and Nils Wörmer, eds. Russia-China Relations: Emerging Alliance or Eternal Rivals. Cham: Springer, 2022. 

Koga, Kei. Managing Great Power Politics: ASEAN, Institutional Strategy, and the South China Sea. Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

Kolakowski, Christopher L., ed. Tenth Army Commander: The World War II diary of Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2024.

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

Mahbubani, Kishore. The Asian 21st Century. Singapore: Springer, 2022. 

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.

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

Pieke, Frank N. and Bert Hofman. CPC Futures: The New Era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2022.

Prefer, Nathan N. The Luzon Campaign 1945: MacArthur Returns. Philadelphia: Casemate, 2024.

Setzekorn, Eric. Arming East Asia: Deterring China in the Early Cold War. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 2023.

Siekiera, Joanna, ed. 21st Century as the Pacific Century: Culture and Society of Oceania States in Great Power Competition. Warsaw: University of Warsaw Press, 2023.

Sun, Taiyi. Disruptions as Opportunities: Governing Chinese Society with Interactive Authoritarianism. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2023. 

Tellis, Ashley J. Striking Asymmetries: Nuclear Transitions in Southern Asia. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment, 2022. 

Tønnesson, Stein. Lives in Peace Research: The Oslo Stories. Singapore: Springer, 2022. 

Wang, Huiyao and Lu Miao. Understanding Globalization, Global Gaps, and Power Shifts in the 21st Century: CCG Global Dialogues. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.

Ward, Jonathan D.T. The Decisive Decade: American Grand Strategy for Triumph over China. New York: Diversion Books, 2023.

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

Xiang Biao and Wu Qi. Self as Method: Thinking Through China and the World, trans. David Ownby. Palgrave Macmillan, 2023.