What I am Reading

CURRENT READING:

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy, 1869

The Empire Proejct: The Rise and Fall of the British World-System, 1830-1970, John Darwin, 2009

RECENTLY READ or WATCHED:

2014, books/articles:

The Myth of America’s Triumph,” Michael Lind, 2014

After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council, Ian Hurd, 2007

How China and America See Each Other,” Mixin Pei, 2014

Imperial Bedrooms, Bret Easton Ellis, 2010

Why the Tea Party’s Hold Persists,” Theda Skocpol, 2014

Legitimacy in International Society, Ian Clark, 2005

America Unhinged,” John Mearsheimer, 2014

2014, films/TV:

Homeland (season 2), David Semel, 2012

Parkland, Peter Landesman, 2013

Fantastic Voyage, Richard Fleischer, 1966

Parallax View, Alan Pakula, 1974

Zulu Dawn, Douglas Hickox, 1979

Kill the Irishman, Jonathan Hensleigh, 2011

Zulu Dawn, Douglas Hickox, 1979

League of Denial, Frontline, 2013

Breaking Bad (season 2), Vince Gilligan, 2009

Snowpiercer, Joon-hu Bong, 2013

American Hustle, David O’Russell, 2013

Mad Men (season 1), Matthew Weiner, 2007

The Boondock Saints I & II, Troy Duffy, 1999, 2009

The Monuments Men, George Clooney,  2013

Rescue Dawn, Werner Herzong, 2006

Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese, 2013

12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, 2013

Untold History of the United States, Oliver Stone, 2012

300: Rise of an Empire, Noam Murro, 2014

The Wire, (season 2 & 3), David Simon, 2003, 2004

Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, Niels Arden Oplev, 2009

Downton Abbey, (seasons 2 & 3), Julian Fellowes, 2012, 2012

Twin Peaks, David Lynch, 1990-91

Twin Peaks – Fire Walk with Me, David Lynch, 1992

2013, books/articles:

After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars, John Ikenberry, 2000

The Once and Future King, T. H. White, 1958

The Rise of the New New Left,” Peter Beinart, 2013

State of Fear, Michael Crichton, 2004

Two-State Illusion,” Ian Lustick, 2013

Restarting the Six-Party Talks: Russia’s Dilemmas and Current Perspectives,” Stephen Blank and Younkyoo Kim, 2012

The Failed Grand Strategy in the Middle East,” Walter Russell Mead, 2013

Facing the Crucible: Australia, the ROK, and Cooperation in Asia,” William Tow and Ajin Choi, 2011

Asia’s Looming Power Shift,” Rajan Menon, 2013

Socialization and Hegemonic Power,” John Ikenberry and Charles Kupchan, 1990

Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order, John Ikenberry, 2012

Bad Reputation,” Jonathan Mercer, 2013

Congressional Abdication,” Jim Webb, 2013

The Sovereign State and Its Competitors: An Analysis of Systems Change, Hendrik Spruyt, 1994

The Mythical Liberal Order,” Naazneen Barma, Ely Ratner, and Steven Weber, 2013

A Wasted Crisis? Why the Democrats did so little to change Wall Street,” Paul Starr, 2013

Europe: Strategic Drifter,” Jakub Grygiel, 2013

The European Union and South Korea: The Legal Framework for
Strengthening Trade, Economic, and Political Relations, ed. James Harrison, 2013

Why Middle East Monarchies Survive,” Robert Kaplan, 2013

Egypt’s Entrenched Military,” Daniel Kurtzer, 2013

Israel’s Fraying Image,” Jacob Heilbrunn, 2013

Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences, eds. James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueschemeyer, 2003

Challenges for Korean Unification Planning,” Victor Cha & David Kang, 2011

The Study of Critical Junctures: Theory, Narrative, and Counterfactuals in Historical Institutionalism,” Giovanni Capoccia and Daniel Kelemen, 2007

Time Will Tell? Temporality and the Analysis of Causal Mechanisms and Processes,” Anna Gryzmala-Busse, 2011

The Logic of Historical Explanation in the Social Sciences,” James Mahoney, Erin Kimball, and Kendra Koivu, 2009

Path Dependence in Historical Sociology,” James Mahoney, 2000

The Next Korean War,” Keir Lieber & Daryl Press, 2013

North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, Society, Scott Snyder and Kyung-Ae Park, 2012

Narrative, Event-Structure Analysis, and Causal Interpretation in Historical Sociology,” Larry Griffin, 1993

Israel’s Warlords,” Aluff Benn, 2013

The Putin Doctrine,” Leon Aron, 2013

Building Asia Pacific Regional Architecture: The Challenge of Hybrid Regionalism,” Richard Hu, 2009

The End of the Two-State Solution,” Ben Birbaum, 2013

Red White,” Ben Steil, 2013

Regional Multilateralism in Asia and the Korean Question,” Won-hyuk Kim, 2009

South Korean and Taiwanese Development and the New Institutional Economics,” David Kang, 1995

International Relations Theory and the Second Korean War,” David Kang, 2003

How Bush Bungled Asia: Militarism, Economic Indifference and Unilateralism have weakened the United States across Asia,” TJ Pempel, 2008

The United States and Asia after Bush,” Michael Green, 2008, and “A Response to Michael Green,” TJ Pempel, 2008

Don’t Come Home, America: The Case against Retrenchment,” Stephen Brooks, John Ikenberry & William Wohlforth, 2013

Stability and Change in US Foreign Policy,” Barry Posen, 2007

Pull Back,” Barry Posen, 2013

The US-Japan Alliance: Anchoring Stability in Asia,” Joseph Nye & Richard Armitage

The Advantages of an Assertive China,” Thomas Christensen, 2011

Air-Sea Battle,” Norton Schwartz and Jonathan Greenert, 2012

AirSea Battle: A Point-of-Departure Operational Concept, Jan van Tol, et al., 2010

Posing Problems without Catching Up: China’s Rise and Challenges for U.S. Security Policy,” Thomas Christensen, 2001

China, the U.S.-Japan Alliance, and the Security Dilemma In East Asia,” Thomas Christensen, 1999

Spirals, Security, and Stability in East Asia,” Jennifer Lind and Thomas Christensen, 2000

Command of the Commons: The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony,” Barry Posen, 2003

Fostering Stability or Creating a Monster? The Rise of China and U.S. Policy toward East Asia,” Thomas Christensen, 2006

East Asia’s Economic Success: Conflicting Perspectives, Partial Insights, Shaky Evidence,” Robert Wade, 1992

Democratic Partnership in Asia,” Daneil Twining, 2010

The Myth of Asia’s Miracle,” Paul Krugman, 1994

The Future of U.S.-China Relations: Is Conflict Inevitable?,” Aaron Friedberg, 2005

China Engages Asia? Caveat Lector,” Nicholas Khoo, Michael Smith, and David Shambaugh, 2005

Is China a Status Quo Power?,” A. I. Johnston, 2003

American Political Methodology Debate: Where is the Battlefield?,” Bernhard Kittel, 2005, and “Clarifying Comparative-Historical Methodology,” James Mahoney, 2005

Why Republicans are the Party of White People,” Sam Tanenhaus, 2013

H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable on Richard K. Betts. American Force: Dangers, Delusions, and Dilemmas in National Security (2012),” Loch Johnson, et al., 2012

How We would Fight China,” Robert Kaplan, 2005

Hegemon on the Horizon? China’s Threat to East Asian Security,” Denny Roy, 1994

Extremism in Defense of Liberty” and “Upon Further Review: A CRB discussion of Political Extremism,” William Vogeli, et al., 2012-13

After KKV: The New Methodology of Qualitative Research,” James Mahoney, 2010

Symposium: Alexander George and Andrew Bennett’s Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences (2005),” Jack Levy, et al., 2006

Case Studies and the Statistical Worldview: Review of King, Keohane, and Verba’s Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research (1994),” Timothy McKeown, 1999

H-Diplo Roundtable on Meredith H. Lair’s Armed with Abundance: Consumerism & Soldiering in the Vietnam War (2011),” Michael Allen, et al., 2012

Preparing for Sudden Change in North Korea,” Paul Stares & Joel Wit, 2009

The Revisionist Imperative: Rethinking Twentieth Century Wars,” Andrew Bacevich, 2012

Area Studies, Comparative Politics and the Role of Cross-Regional Small-n Comparison,” Rundra Sil, 2009

Symposium: Case Selection, Case Studies, and Causal Inference,” David Collier, et al., 2008

Making Use of the Past: Time Periods as Cases to Compare and as Sequences of Problem Solving,” Jeffrey Haydu, 1998

H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable on Charles Kupchan’s How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (2012),” Jeffrey Taliaferro, et al, 2012

H-Diplo/ISSF Roundtable on Boaz Atzili, Good Fences, Bad Neighbors: Border Fixity and International Conflict (2012),” Stephen van Evera, et al. 2012

The Contribution of Area Studies,” Stephen Hanson, 2008

Pragmatic Guide to Qualitative Historial Analysis in the Study of International Relations,” Cameron Thies, 2002

Rebooting Republican Foreign Policy,” Daniel Drezner, 2013

Case Study Methods in International Politcal Economy,” John Odell, 2001

2013, films/TV:

The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona, 2012

Miracle on 34th Street, George Seaton, 1947

White Christmas, Bing Crosby, 1954

Downton Abbey (season 1), Julian Fellowes, 2010

The Wire (season 1), David Simon, 2002

Breaking Bad (season 1), Vince Gilligan, 2008

Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass, 2013

The Death of a President, Gabriel Range, 2006

Promised Land, Gus Van Sant, 2012

A Christmas Tale, Arnaud Desplechin, 2008

The Canyons, Paul Schrader, 2013

Trance, Danny Boyle, 2013

Threads, Mick Jackson, 1985

Trick ‘r Treat, Michael Dougherty, 2006

Winter War, Pekka Parikka, 1989

Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, 2012

Ninth Company, Fyodor Bondarchuk, 2010

The Raid: Redemption, Gareth Evans, 2012

Dune, John Harrison, 2000

Children of Dune, Greg Yaitanes, 2003

Elysium, Neill Blomkamp, 2013

Free to Choose, Milton Friedman, 1980

Obama 2016, Dinesh D’Souza, 2012

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson, 2010

No End in Sight, Charles Ferguson, 2007

Dead Poets Society, Peter Weir, 1989

Welcome to Dongmakgol, Kwang-Hyun Park, 2005

Bonnie and Clyde, Arthur Penn, 1967

Redacted, Brian DePalma, 2007

Reds, Warren Beatty, 1981

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg, 1977

Stalin, Ivan Passer, 1992

2010, Peter Hyams, 1984

Das Experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2001

Blowout, Brian DePalma, 1981

Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, 2008

All Quiet on the Western Front, Lewis Milestone, 1930

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino, 2012

World War Z, Marc Foster, 2013

1984, Michael Radford, 1984

Life of Pi, Ang Lee, 2012

Compliance, Craig Zobel, 2012

Omega Man, Boris Sagal, 1971

Things to Come, HG Wells, 1936

Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron, 2013

Red Scorpion, Jack Abramoff, 1988

Soylent Green, Richard Fleischer, 1973

Anna Karenina, Joe Wright, 2012

Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow, 2012

Testament, Lynne Littman, 1983

Westworld, Michael Crichton, 1973

Futureworld, Richard Hefrron, 1976

24 (season 5), Keifer Sutherland, 2006

In the Loop, Armando Iannucci, 2009

Homeland (season 1), 2011

Alien Nation, Graham Baker, 1988

Olympus Has Fallen, Antoine Fuqua, 2013

Red Dawn, Dan Bradley, 2012

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg, 2012

2012, books:

Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition, Jack Snyder, 1991

Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science, Stephen van Evera, 1997

Case Studies and Theory Development in the Social Sciences, Alexander George and Andrew Bennett, 2005

The American Culture of War: A History of US Military Force from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom, Adrian Lews, 2012

Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards, Henry Brady & David Collier, 2010

L.A. Confidential, James Ellroy, 1990

The World of Late Antiquity: A.D. 150-750, Peter Brown, 1971

Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research, Gary King, Robert Keohane & Sydney Verba, 1994

Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall, Amy Chua, 2007

Prey, Michael Crichton, 2002

The Origins of Alliances, Stephen Walt, 1987

Cooperation Among Democracies: The European Influence on U.S. Foreign Policy, Thomas Risse-Kappen, 1995

Lunar Park, Bret Easton Ellis, 2006

Empires, Michael Doyle, 1986

The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters, Brian Myers, 2011

Hierarchy in International Relations, David Lake, 2009

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, 1899

2012, films/TV:

The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Ken Loach, 2006

My Way, Je-Gyu Kang, 2011

The Hobbit, Peter Jackson, 2012

Over There, Stephen Bochco, 2005

Expendables 2, Simon West, 2012

Total Recall, Len Wiseman, 2012

The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen, 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Timur Bekmambetov, 2012

The People vs George Lucas, Alexandre Philippe, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan, 2012

Game Change, Jay Roach, 2012

Margin Call, JC Chandor, 2011

Savages, Oliver Stone, 2012

Argo, Ben Affleck, 2012

The Ides of March, George Clooney, 2011

The Company, Mikael Salomon, 2007

J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood, 2011

Tree of Life, Terence Malick, 2011

Game of Thrones, (seasons 1 & 2), David Benioff, 2011-12

Lebanon, Samuel Moaz, 2010

The Descendants, Alexander Payner, 2011

Doubt, John Shanley, 2008

Prometheus, Ridley Scott, 2012

The Avengers, Joss Whedon, 2012

The Passion of Joan of Arc, Carl Dreyer, 1928

The Hunger Games, Gary Ross, 2012

The Man Who Fell to Earth, Nicholas Roeg, 1976

Too Big to Fail, Curtis Hanson, 2011

The Stoning of Soraya M., Cyrus Nowrasteh, 2009

Iron Lady, Phyllidia Lloyd, 2011

Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace (3-D), George Lucas, 1999/2012

Battleship, Peter Berg, 2012

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Rick Goldsmith, 2009

Pillars of the Earth, Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, 2010

The Pentagon Papers, Rod Holcomb, 2003

24 (Season 4), Keifer Sutherland, 2005

Human Planet, BBC, 2011

2011, books:

Red Storm Rising, Tom Clancy, 1986

Perception and Misperception in International Politics, Robert Jervis, 1976

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy, 1877

Cooperation Under Anarchy, ed. Kenneth Oye, 1986

What’s the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America, Thomas Frank, 2004

East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute, David Kang, 2010

The Evolution of Cooperation, Robert Axelrod, 1984

War and State Formation in China and Early Modern Europe, Victoria Hui, 2005

Cultural Realism: Strategic Culture and Grand Strategy in Chinese History, Alastair Iain Jonhston, 1995

The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown, 2003

2011, films/TV:

The Complete Metropolis, Fritz Lang, 1927/2010

The Town, Ben Affleck, 2010

Rare Exports, Jalmari Helander, 2010

A Little Pond (Bridge at No Gun Ri), Sang-Woo Lee, 2009

The Pacific, Steven Spielberg, 2010

Confucius, Mei Hu, 2010

Moneyball, Bennet Miller, 2011

Up in the Air, Jason Reitman, 2009

A State of Mind, Daniel Gordon, 2006

Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001

Hunger, Steve McQueen, 2010

Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa, 1980

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay, 2011

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh, 2011

24 (Season 3), Keifer Sutherland, 2003-04

Sopranos (Season 6), David Chase, 2006-07

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Rupert Wyatt, 2011

Star Wars: Clone Wars (Season 2), George Lucas, 2009-10

The Tudors (Season 4), Michael Hirst, 2010

The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone, 2010

2010, books:

Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, Niall Ferguson, 2003

World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy, Stephen Brooks & William Wohlforth, 2008

Winning the Peace: America and World Order in the New Era, John Ruggie, 1996

Liberal Order and Imperial Ambition: Essays on American Power and World Politics, G. John Ikenberry, 2006

Lady Chatterly’s Lover, D. H. Lawrence, 1928

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire, Raymond Pearson, 2002

The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire, Brian Crozier, 1999

The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781-1991, Piers Brendon, 2008

Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, Niall Ferguson, 2004

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1811

Of Human Bondage, W. Somerset Maughm, 1915

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, 1958

On the Civil War, Lucan, 60 AD

The New Korea: An Inside Look at Soth Korea’s Economic RiseMyung Oak Kim and Sam Jaffe, 2010 

Fables, Aesop, 600 BC

2010 films/TV:

Bloody Sunday, Paul Greengrass, 2002

Generation Kill, David Simon, 2008

The American, Anton Cobijn, 2010

The US vs John Lennon, David Leaf, 2006

Life, BBC, 2009

The Good, the Bad, the Weird, Jee Woon Kim, 2008

The Social Network, David Fincher, 2010

The Green Zone, Paul Greengrass, 2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Oliver Stone, 2010

Shanghai, Michael Hafstrom, 2010

Che, Steven Soderbergh, 2008

Rome, John Milius, 2005-07

Star Wars: Clone Wars (Season 1), George Lucas, 2008-09

The Tudors (Seasons 2 & 3), Michael Hirst, 2008, 2009

 24 (Season 2), Keifer Sutherland, 2002-2003

The Hurt Locker, Katheryn Bigelow, 2009

Avatar, James Cameron, 2010

2009, books:

Short Cuts, Raymond Carver, 1970s-80s

Hard Times, Charles Dickens, 1854

Birth of the Modern: World Society, 1815-30, Paul Johnson, 1991

The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right, Andrew Suillivan, 2006

Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein, 1959

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of  Everything, Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, 2006

China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia, David Kang, 2007

2009 TV/film:

The Tudors (Season 1), Michael Hirst 2007

W., Oliver Stone, 2008

John Adams, Tom Hooper, 2008

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher, 2008

Oldboy, Chan Wook Park, 2003

Baader Meinhof Complex, Uli Edel 2008

Gomorrah, Matteo Garrone, 2008

Band of Brothers, Steven Spielberg, 2001

District 9, Neill Blokamp, 2009

24 (Season 1), Kiefer Sutherland, 2001-2002

Battlestar Galatica, Ronald Moore, 2003-2009

Tae Guk Gi (The Brotherhood of War), Je Kyu Kang, 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Josh Friedman, 2008-09

Terminator: Salvation, McG, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay, 2009

4 thoughts on “What I am Reading

  1. Good morning Dr Kelly, Your father turned me on to your blog. Very interesting reading so far. Great reading list. You should include some Thomas Sowell. Keep up the great work! Dr C.

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  4. My thoughts on movies like ‘Battleship’ are captured in these links: http://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/oliver-north-hawks-the-next-modern-warfare-a-new-low-for-the-military-industrial-entertainment-complex/ and http://asiansecurityblog.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/top-10-gloriously-bad-ir-movies-you-still-should-see/.

    I see these sorts of movie more for sociological reasons (pop culture channeling attitudes about American power) than for entertainment.

    Thanks for coming to the site. Good luck in school.

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