Elliott School Book Launch Series

Previous Events

China and the World book cover

February 12, 2020

China & the World is the most comprehensive and up-to-date scholarly assessment of China’s relations and roles in the world. Edited by Professor David Shambaugh and including chapters by fifteen other leading international experts on China, this volume covers China’s contemporary relations with all regions of the world, with other major powers, and across multiple arenas of China’s international interactions. It also explores the sources of China’s grand strategy, how its historical experiences shape present policies, and the impact of various domestic factors on China’s external behavior.

The event was co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

Joubin book cover

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.


Sutter book cover

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 will be followed by a Q&A moderated by NBR President Roy Kamphausen.


African Americans and Africa: A New History

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.

Reclaiming Patriotism

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.


Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France

April 15, 2019

In partnership with the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), this Elliott School Book Launch Series event explored French post-migratory postcolonial minorities’ influence on French national identity and contemporary cultural production. From hip-hop and institutional memory to laïcité and literature, editors Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck presented an enlightening portrait of the past and present state of post-migratory postcolonial culture and society in France. To learn more, check out the editors' conversation with Liverpool University Press or, better yet, Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France in its entirety.

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier

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. An impressive audience braved sub-freezing temperatures to learn about Ronald Reagan's legacy in space policy--from the space shuttle, to the international space station, and beyond.


Foreign Relations of the PRC

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. Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and kicked off by Sigur Center Associate Director and Elliott School Research Professor Deepa Ollapally, this event offered timely analysis on critical questions concerning China's foreign policy during Xi Jinping's second term. For more, check out the web video of the event.


Life Lived in Relief

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. Engaging moderation by Elliott School University Professor Michael Barnett and a dynamic book talk from Professor Feldman ensured a successful discourse on the book and issues beyond.

Understanding Russia

November 1, 2018

Author and Elliott School Research Professor Marlene Laruelle and her co-author Jean Radvanyi launched their new publication, Understanding Russia: The Challenges of Transformation, to great success with an insightful book discussion before an audience of academics, government officials, non-profit representatives, and more. Co-sponsored by the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), this event also featured skilled moderation from Virginia Tech Professor Gerard Toal and a dynamic Q&A.


The Kingdom of God Has No Borders

October 18, 2018

With a lecture on her new book, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, Professor Melani McAlister introduced members of the media and non-profit communities as well as students, staff, and faculty from across GW to the transnational face of American evangelicals. Co-sponsored by the Institute for African Studies (IAfS), this event also featured an engaging Q&A skillfully led by IAfS Director Jennifer Cooke.


Mr. X and the Pacific

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.


Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of War War II

August 31, 2018

Chapter authors Lily Gardner Feldman, Christine Kim, and Robert Sutter, as well as author-editors Daqing Yang and Mike Mochizuki reunited to discuss their edited volume: Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II. Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, this first Elliott School Book Launch Series event of the fall semester solicited a tremendous audience eager to learn about the first large-scale analysis of how countries in the Asia Pacific and beyond commemorated the 70th anniversaries of the end of World War II.

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