Elliott School Book Launch Series

Upcoming Book Launch Events


Book Cover Image: Fight for the Final Frontier Irregular Warfare in Space John J. Klein

Fight for the Final Frontier

On September 28, 2023 | 4PM

Providing the needed foundational understanding, Fight for the Final Frontier makes the case that irregular warfare in the space domain is shaped by the fundamental nature of all warfare, along with universal principles of strategy and the essential unity of all strategic experience.

This hybrid event will feature author John Klein with introductory remarks from the Space Policy Institute. Please register for more information on how to attend the event in-person or online.


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Book Cover Image: The One State Reality What is Israel/Palestine? Edit by Michael Barnett, Nathan J. Brown, Marc Lynch, and Shilly Telhami

One State Reality: What is Israel/Palestine

Hosted on April 11, 2023

How does the One State Reality help us understand the current strife in Israel? The Editors Michael Barnett, Nathan Brown, Marc Lynch, and Shibley Telhami offer alternative thinking of core concept such as statehood, sovereignty, and nationalism and move the discourse beyond a two-state framework.

Book Cover Image: The Business of Armaments: Armstrongs, Bickers and the International Arms Trade, 1955-1955 Joanna Spear

The Business of Armaments: Armstrongs, Vickers and the International Arms Trade

Hosted on April 5, 2023

How did Britain's most prominent armaments first build and sell their businesses in Britain and overseas? Professor Joanna Spears presents a comparative analysis of these firms, and the domestic strategies and foreign policies they employed agains the backdrop of imperial expansion and two world wars.

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The Zelensky Effect

Hosted on September 5, 2023

You cannot understand the historic events of 2022 without understanding Zelensky. But the Zelensky effect is less about the man himself than about the civic nation he embodies: what makes Zelensky most extraordinary in war is his very ordinariness as a Ukrainian. The Zelensky Effect explains this paradox, exploring Ukraine’s national history to show how its now-iconic president reflects the hopes and frustrations of the country’s first "independence generation."



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Enemies Within: The Global Politics of Fifth Columns

Hosted on November 29, 2022 

The invocation of fifth columns, or internal groups suspected of helping an external enemy, can have baleful effects on governance and trust, as they call into question the loyalty and belonging of the targeted populations. They can cause human rights abuses, political repression, and even ethnic cleansing. With Enemies Within, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Harris Mylonas offers the first book to systematically investigate the roots and implications of the politics of fifth columns.


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A Continent Erupts: Decolonization, Civil War, and Massacre in Postwar Asia, 1945-1955

Hosted by the Sigur Center on December 28

In the decade after WWII, almost all of the countries of South, East, and Southeast Asia that had formerly been Japanese conquests or European colonies lost millions of lives to further armed conflicts. In A Continent Erupts, award-winning scholar of modern military history and Professor Emeritus Ronald H. Spector compiled a comprehensive history and analysis of the battles that forever changed the shape of Asia and the world as we know it today.


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The Young Black Leader’s Guide to a Successful Career in International Affairs: What the Giants Want You to Know

Hosted on September 15, 2022

The Young Black Leader's guide highlights the challenges that deter young people of color from pursuing careers in international affairs. The authors Aaron S. Williams, Taylor A. Jack, and Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff provide systematic and practical advice, from getting started to learning to lead, from overcoming imposter syndrome to acing performance reviews, from dealing with racism to knowing when to say no.


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The Political Science of the Middle East: Theory and Research Since the Arab Uprisings

Hosted by IMES on September 9, 2022

In this book, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Marc Lynch presents the definitive overview of the change in research after the Arab Uprisings of 2011-12. Its chapters cover authoritarianism and democracy, contentious politics, regional security, military institutions, conflict and violence, the political economy of development, Islamist movements, identity and sectarianism, public opinion, migration, and local politics.


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US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present

Hosted on April 14, 2022

The extensively revised fourth edition of Professor of Practice Robert Sutter's major text explains in detail the critical role of American domestic politics in hardening US policy toward China over the past five years. Dr. Sutter discussed these findings, reinforced by China’s recent support for Russia in the Ukraine war, and important shortcomings in the current American strategy toward China.


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Catastrophic Success: Why Foreign-Imposed Regime Change Goes Wrong

Hosted on January 18, 2022

In Catastrophic Success, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Alexander Downes compiles all instances of regime change around the world over the past two centuries. Drawing on this impressive data set, Dr. Downes shows that regime change increases the likelihood of civil war and violent leader removal in target states and fails to reduce the probability of conflict between intervening states and their targets.  



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The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-up in Emerging Economies

Hosted on November 30, 2021

In his latest book, Professor of Economics and International Affairs Nicholas Vonortas synthesized the existing knowledge on technology upgrading failures among emerging economies. By exploring this phenomenon at the firm, sector, and macro levels, he emphasizes the importance of understanding multi-dimensional challenges such as COVID-19, geopolitical struggles, and environmental sustainability.


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Lumbering State, Restless Society

Hosted on November 18, 2021

In his latest book, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Nathan Brown analyzed crucial developments in Egyptian politics, society, and economics from the 20th century to the present day. Audience questions flew in during the hour-long virtual event on the interactions between regime, state, military, diaspora and civilians.


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The Microfoundations of Diaspora Politics

Hosted on October 28, 2021

How are diasporas formed and run? And how do actors within and beyond a state shape diasporas over time? Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Harris Mylonas of the ESIA and Associate Professor of Global Studies Alexandra Délano Alonso of the New School explored the various actors within and beyond the state that participate in the creation of diaspora policies.


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China's Leaders: From Mao to Now

Hosted on October 15, 2021

In China's Leaders: From Mao to Now, renowned Sinologist David Shambaugh offers a refreshing account of China’s dramatic post-revolutionary history through the prism of those who ruled it. Exploring the persona, formative socialization, psychology, and professional experiences of each leader, he shows how their differing leadership styles and ruling tactics shaped China domestically and internationally. 


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Central Peripheries

Hosted on October 8, 2021

Central Peripheries explores post-Soviet Central Asia through the prism of nation-building. It shows how states in the region have been navigating the construction of a nation in a post-imperial context, where Russia remains the dominant power and cultural reference. The launch was led by Marlene Laruelle, research professor of international affairs, and featured a discussion with three panelists. 


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The First Vietnam War

Hosted on October 6, 2021

The Book Launch Series teamed up with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies to feature Professor of History and International Affairs Shawn McHale, who laid out the complex factions, motivations and events that underpinned a civil war wrapped within Vietnam's war of independence against France. 


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The Cinema of Soviet Kazakhstan

Hosted on September 14, 2021

The Book Launch Series held a discussion on how Kazakh filmmakers struggled to develop their distinctive voices under Soviet mentorship, and how their works deserve to be rediscovered. The event featured Dr. Peter Rollberg, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies and International Affairs, and was co-sponsored by the Central Asia Program


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Globalizing Patient Capital

Hosted on April 30, 2021

In a talk co-sponsored by more than six campus partners and attended by Professors Jay Shambaugh, Carol Wise and Roselyn Hsueh, Professor Stephen Kaplan explored how patient capital affects national-level governance across the Americas and beyond, including how Chinese leaders might react to developing nation’s ongoing struggles with debt and dependency.


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Understanding Peacekeeping third edition by Paul D. Williams

Understanding Peacekeeping: 3rd Edition

Hosted on April 14, 2021

Peace operations remain a principal tool for managing armed conflict and protecting civilians. The fully revised, expanded and updated third edition of Understanding Peacekeeping by Professor Paul Williams provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the theory, history, and politics of peace operations. The talk was moderated by Shirley Graham, Director of GEIA at ESIA.


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Digital Pirates: Policing Intellectual Property in Brazil

Hosted on April 2, 2021

Drawing on his fieldwork in Brazil with pirates, musicians, activists, filmmakers, police, salesmen, technicians, policymakers, politicians, and consumers, Professor Alexander Dent argues that 21st-century capitalism creates piracy and its enforcement at the same time, producing fraught consumer experiences in Latin America and beyond.


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Where Great Powers Meet

Hosted on March 11, 2021

Why has Southeast Asia become the new battleground between the United States and China? Is China's growing domination truly inevitable? How will the relationship between the two countries evolve? The Book Launch Series presented a lecture by Professor David Shambaugh on his latest book, in what was also the first school event attended by the new dean, Dr. Alyssa Ayres


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Nobody's Normal

Hosted on February 10, 2021

For centuries, scientists and society cast moral judgments on anyone deemed mentally ill, confining many to asylums. In his new book, Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs Roy Richard Grinker chronicles the progress and setbacks in the struggle against mental-illness stigma—from the eighteenth century to today’s high-tech economy.


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Land of Strangers

January 26, 2021

At the close of the 19th century, Confucian revivalists attempted to transform and bind Xinjiang to the dominant Chinese cultural and political realm. However, the result was a profound estrangement that endures to this day. Assistant Professor of History and International Affairs Eric Schluessel explores this encounter between Chinese power and a Muslim society through the struggles of ordinary people in the oasis of Turpan.




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Ruling the Savage Periphery

Hosted on September 30, 2020

The ESIA Book Launch Series and the Sigur Center for Asian Studies hosted the author, Professor Benjamin Hopkins, for a book talk moderated by Professor of History Dane Kennedy. In his book, Professor Hopkins argues that in the past, empires sought to keep the “savage” just close enough to take advantage of, creating lasting ramifications for the global nation-state order.


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What Remains

Hosted on March 2, 2020

In What Remains, GW Professor of Anthropology Sarah Wagner tells us the stories of America’s missing service members and the families, scientists and communities that continue to search for them. The book would go on to win 1st prize in the Victor Turner award competition for outstanding writing in anthropology. 


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China and the World

Hosted on February 12, 2020

Edited by Professor David Shambaugh with chapters by 15 other leading experts, this volume covers China’s contemporary relations with all regions, with other major powers, and across multiple arenas of international interactions. It also explores the sources of China’s grand strategy, how its history shapes present policies, and the impact of domestic factors on China’s external behavior. The event was co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.


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Race: The New Critical Idiom

Hosted on January 21, 2020

Our first book talk of the year featured Professor Alexa Alice Joubin's new book, Race: The New Critical Idiom. A concise guide offering new insights, Race addresses issues as diverse as the intersections of race and gender; race and social theory; identity, ethnicity, and migration; the concept of whiteness; the legislative and judicial markings of difference; blackness in a global context; race in the history of science, and critical race theory.



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The United States and Asia

Hosted on December 9, 2019

From Elliott School Professor of Practice Robert Sutter comes the second edition of his book, The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and Twenty-First-Century Relations. Now fully revised and updated, this book describes how the United States has tried to maintain its leading position as a power in Asia despite China's rising influence. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and was followed by a Q&A moderated by NBR President Roy Kamphausen.


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After the Berlin Wall

Hosted on November 5, 2019

With After the Berlin Wall: Memory and the Making of the New Germany, 1989 to the Present, Elliott School Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Hope M. Harrison draws on conceptions of national identity in contemporary Germany as an approach to the history and commemoration of the Berlin Wall over the past 30 years.


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African Americans & Africa: A New History

Hosted on October 22, 2019

Elliott School Associate Professor of History and International Affairs Nemata Blyden discusses this relationship between African Americans and Africa by mapping overlapping diasporas from the era of slavery to the present day in her new book African Americans & Africa: A New History.


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Reclaiming Patriotism

Hosted on October 1, 2019

Dr. Amitai Etzioni, University Professor and Professor of International Affairs, has released his latest book: Reclaiming Patriotism. His new book offers a hopeful and pragmatic solution to our current crisis in democracy—a patriotic movement that could have a transformative, positive impact on our foreign policy, the world order and the future of capitalism.


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Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier

Hosted on January 31, 2019

Co-sponsored by the Elliott School's Space Policy Institute, this event celebrated Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier, the newest publication from renowned historian, award-winning author, and Professor Emeritus John M. Logson. The book covered the influence of Reagan's space shuttle, international space station, and spacy policy on the world. 



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Foreign Relations of the PRC

Hosted on November 14, 2018

A packed house greeted Elliott School Professor of Practice Robert G. Sutter when he commemorated his latest book, Foreign Relations of the PRC, with an event entitled: Xi Jinping's Foreign Policy Vision—Powerful Image versus Restricted Reality. The event was co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and kicked off by Sigur Center Associate Director and Elliott School Research Professor Deepa Ollapally.


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Live Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics

Hosted on November 1, 2018

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES), the launch of Elliott School Professor Ilana Feldman's new book, Live Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics, brought together a diverse audience eager to learn more about Palestinian refugees' engagement with humanitarian assistance. The talk was moderated by Elliott School University Professor Michael Barnett.


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Mr. X and the Pacific

Hosted on October 17, 2018

The path breaking Mr. X and the Pacific began many decades ago when Adjunct Professor Paul Heer was a GW PhD candidate in the 1990s. Heer chose to bring the book home for its launch and colleagues, media, staff, and students turned out to both support the publication and better understand George Kennan's influence on American East Asia policy.


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