The journal publishes book reviews from the field of international relations and other related disciplines. The book reviews are not submitted to peer review but are edited by a member of the editorial team in charge of book reviews. On this page, we publish an up-to-date list of books for which we would like a review, and we can assist book reviewers in obtaining a review copy of a book from the list. Upon reaching an agreement with the Book Review Editor, reviewers can choose a title that they wish to review that is not on the list. Similarly to the journal’s research articles, the reviews are indexed in expert databases such as Scopus, ERIH PLUS, C.E.O.L., ProQuest, and Ebsco Political Science Complete. The author of a book review that is accepted for publication receives an one-year subscription to the printed version of our journal. The selection of the reviewed book is at the discretion of the reviewer.

Guidelines for book reviewers:



  • The year of publication of the reviewed book may not be more than three years before the expected publication of the review.

  • The length of the review should range from 1 500 – 2 500 words.

  • The review should briefly introduce the author or authors, provide information about the book’s thesis, objectives, structure and content, present its strengths and weaknesses and identify its potential audience.

  • Each review must include a critical evaluation of the book and its contribution.

  • The review style must match the formal manuscript requirements of our journal.


Reviews can be submitted to the Book Review Editor Míla O’Sullivan at osullivan@iir.cz.

 
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Managing Security Threats along the EU’s Eastern Flanks

Rick Fawn (ed.)

2020 | Palgrave Macmillan

The book addresses security threats and challenges to the European Union emanating from its eastern neighbourhood. The volume includes the expertise of policy and scholarly contributors coming from North America, Russia and Central Asia, and from acr ...

 
 
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Pessimism in International Relations. Provocations, Possibilities, Politics

Tim Stevens, Nicholas Michelsen (eds.)

2020 | Palgrave Macmillan

This volume explores the past, present and future of pessimism in International Relations. It seeks to differentiate pessimism from cynicism and fatalism and assess its possibilities as a respectable perspective on national and international politics ...

 
 
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Contemporary European Security

David J. Galbreath, Jocelyn Mawdsley, Laura Chappell (eds.)

2019 | Routledge

Contemporary European Security explores the complex European security architecture and introduces students to the empirical, theoretical and conceptual approaches to studying the subject. Written by experts in each subfield, it addresses key topics w ...

 
 
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NATO’s Democratic Retrenchment. Hegemony After the Return of History

Henrik B. L. Larsen

2019 | Routledge

Exploring NATO’s post-Cold War determination to support democracy abroad, this book addresses the alliance’s adaptation to the new illiberal backlashes in Eastern Europe, the Western Balkans and Afghanistan after the alleged ‘return of history’. T ...

 
 
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War Economies and Post-war Crime

Sabine Kurtenbach, Angelika Rettberg (eds.)

2019 | Routledge

Even when armed conflicts formally end, the transition to peace is not clear-cut. This comprehensive volume explores the mounting evidence which suggests that it is rather ‘unlikely to see a clean break from violence to consent, from theft to product ...

 
 
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Data Politics. Worlds, Subjects, Rights

Didier Bigo, Engin Isin, Evelyn Ruppert (eds.)

2019 | Routledge

Data has become a social and political issue because of its capacity to reconfigure relationships between states, subjects, and citizens. This book explores how data has acquired such an important capacity and examines how critical interventions in i ...

 
 
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Gendering Security and Insecurity. Post/Neocolonial Security Logics and Feminist Interventions

Navtej K. Purewal, Sophia Dingli (eds.)

2019 | Routledge

Security studies and international relations have conventionally relegated gendered analysis to the margins of academic concern, most commonly through the ‘women in’ or ‘women and’ politics and IR discourse. This comprehensive volume contributes to d ...

 
 
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The Causes of Peace: What We Know Now

Asle Toje, Bard Nikolas Vik Steen (eds.)

2019 | Norwegian Nobel Institute

The Causes of Peace is an edited volume focusing broadly on the determinants of war and peace. The fifteen chapters offer an exposition on the influence of deterrence, ideology, institutions, and hegemony, among others. The editors' goal is to provid ...

 
 
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Representative Democracy in the EU: Recovering Legitimacy

Steven Blockmans, Sophia Russack (eds.)

2019 | Rowman & Littlefield International

Representative democracy is beset by a crisis of legitimacy across the world, but in Europe this crisis is compounded by the inadequacy of national governments to address citizens’ frustrations and to achieve transnational unity on common issues. How ...

 
 
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Peacekeeping in the Midst of War

Lisa Hultman, Jacob D. Kathman, Megan Shannon

2019 | Oxford University Press

Civil wars have caused tremendous human suffering in the last century, and the United Nations is often asked to send peacekeepers to stop ongoing violence. Yet despite being the most visible tool of international intervention, policymakers and schola ...

 
 
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Can Big Bird Fight Terrorism? Children's Television and Globalized Multicultural Education

Naomi A. Moland

2019 | Oxford University Press

Sesame Street has taught generations of Americans their letters and numbers, and also how to better understand and get along with people of different races, faiths, ethnicities, and temperaments. But the show has a global reach as well, with more tha ...

 
 
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The Limits of Human Rights

Bardo Fassbender, Knut Traisbach (eds.)

2019 | Oxford University Press

What are the limits of human rights, and what do these limits mean? This volume engages critically and constructively with this question to provide a distinct contribution to the contemporary discussion on human rights. Fassbender and Traisbach, alon ...

 
 
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International Organizations under Pressure. Legitimating Global Governance in Challenging Times

Klaus Dingwerth, Antonia Witt, Ellen Reichel, Tobias Weise (eds.)

2019 | Oxford University Press

International organizations like the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, or the European Union are a defining feature of contemporary world politics. In recent years, many of them have also become heavily politicized. In this book, we ...

 
 
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Regulating Global Security. Insights from Conventional and Unconventional Regimes

Nik Hynek, Ondrej Ditrych, Vit Stritecky (eds.)

2019 | Palgrave Macmillan

​This edited collection presents an innovative approach to global security regimes. Employing both conceptual and empirical studies, the volume examines three empirically-oriented sets of cases: weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian disarmament a ...

 
 
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Human Rights Discourse in the Post-9/11 Age

Kanishka Chowdhury

2019 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book offers a materialist critique of mainstream human rights discourse in the period following 9/11, examining literary works, critical histories, international declarations, government statutes, NGO manifestos, and a documentary film. The auth ...

 
 
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The Dark Side of Globalisation

Leila Talani, Roberto Roccu (eds.)

2019 | Palgrave Macmillan

Firmly rooted in the International Political Economy (IPE) tradition, this book addresses the negative consequences of globalisation, what is termed here the ‘dark side of globalisation’. It explores different definitions of globalisation, whether th ...

 
 
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Fear and Uncertainty in Europe. The Return to Realism?

Roberto Belloni, Vincent Della Sala, Paul Viotti (eds.)

2019 | Palgrave Macmillan

Russia’s intervention in the Ukraine, Donald Trump’s presidency and instability in the Middle East are just a few of the factors that have brought an end to the immediate post-Cold War belief that a new international order was emerging: one where fea ...

 
 
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The Palgrave Handbook of Languages and Conflict

Michael Kelly, Hilary Footitt, Myriam Salama-Carr (eds.)

2019 | Palgrave Macmillan

This Handbook maps the contours of an exciting and burgeoning interdisciplinary field concerned with the role of language and languages in situations of conflict. It explores conceptual approaches, sources of information that are available, and the i ...

 
 
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National Identity and Japanese Revisionism

Michal Kolmaš

2018 | Routledge

Over the course of the twentieth century, Japan has experienced a radical shift in its self-perception. After World War II, Japan embraced a peaceful and anti-militarist identity, which was based on its war-prohibiting Constitution and the foreign po ...

 
 
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Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration

Catherine E. De Vries

2018 | Oxford University Press

The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence. No time in its history has it looked so economically fragile, so unsecure about how to protect its borders, so divided over how to tackle the crisis of legitimacy facing ...

 
 
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The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Naomi Cahn, Dina Francesca Haynes, Nahla Valji (eds.)

2018 | Oxford University Press

The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict brings together leading interdisciplinary scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to address a complex range of challenges, contexts, geographies, and issues that arise for women and men in the context of ...

 
 
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Revisiting Gendered States. Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations

Swati Parashar, J. Ann Tickner, Jacqui True (eds.)

2018 | Oxford University Press

Two decades ago, V. Spike Peterson published a book titled Gendered States in which she asked, what difference does gender make in international relations and the construction of the sovereign state system? In the intervening years, a wealth of femin ...

 
 
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Protean Power. Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics

Peter J. Katzenstein, Lucia A. Seybert (eds.)

2018 | Cambridge University Press

Mainstream international relations continues to assume that the world is governed by calculable risk based on estimates of power, despite repeatedly being surprised by unexpected change. This ground breaking work departs from existing definitions of ...

 
 
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The World Economy through the Lens of the United Nations

José Antonio Ocampo, Anis Chowdhury, Diana Alarcón (eds.)

2018 | Oxford University Press

This edited volume documents the intellectual influence of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) through its flagship publication, the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) on its 70th Anniversary. First publish ...

 
 
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Just Responsibility. A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice

A. Ackerly Brooke

2018 | Oxford University Press

It has been well-established that many of the injustices that people around the world experience every day, from food insecurity to unsafe labor conditions and natural disasters, are the result of wide-scale structural problems of politics and econom ...

 
 
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Development Aid and Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries

Carola Betzold, Florian Weiler (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book examines development aid for climate change adaptation. Increasing amounts of aid are used to help developing countries adapt to climate change. The authors seek to discover how this aid is distributed and what constitutes the patterns of a ...

 
 
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Pope Francis as a Global Actor. Where Politics and Theology Meet

Alynna J. Lyon, Christine A. Gustafson, Paul Christopher Manuel (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

Pope Francis confuses many observers because his papacy does not fit neatly into any pre-established classificatory schemes. To gain a deeper appreciation of Francis’s complicated papacy, this volume proposes that an interdisciplinary approach, fusin ...

 
 
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The Power of Memory and Violence in Central America

Rachel Hatcher

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book explores the power of words in post-Peace El Salvador and Guatemala—their violent and equally liberating power. The volume explores the entire post-Peace Accords era in both Central American countries. In “post-conflict” settings, denying o ...

 
 
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Hard Power in Hard Times. Can Europe Act Strategically?

Janne Haaland Matlary

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book analyses whether European leaders are able to deal with the ‘hard power’ problems of military provocation, mass migration, and terrorism. Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was just one example of recent revisionist policies by the state. I ...

 
 
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The European Neutrals and NATO. Non-alignment, Partnership, Membership?

Andrew Cottey (ed.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan UK

This book provides the first detailed comparative analysis of the unusual partnership between the main European neutral states and NATO. Neutrality and alliance membership are fundamentally incompatible, but through the vehicle of NATO’s post-Cold Wa ...

 
 
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Researching Emotions in International Relations. Methodological Perspectives on the Emotional Turn

Maéva Clément, Eric Sangar (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This edited volume is the first to discuss the methodological implications of the ‘emotional turn’ in International Relations. While emotions have become of increasing interest to IR theory, methodological challenges have yet to receive proper attent ...

 
 
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Scientific Cosmology and International Orders

Bentley B. Allan

2018 | Cambridge University Press

Scientific Cosmology and International Orders shows how scientific ideas have transformed international politics since 1550. Allan argues that cosmological concepts arising from Western science made possible the shift from a sixteenth century order p ...

 
 
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Deconstructing the Dynamics of World-Societal Order. The Power of Governmentality in Palestine

Jan Busse

2018 | Routledge

To get a better sense of power dynamics in global politics, this book presents an innovative theoretical framework, combining a critical engagement with, and further development of, Michel Foucault’s governmentality on the one hand, and the theory of ...