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Roundtables are where we get to hear from multiple experts on either a subject matter or a recently published book. These collections of essays allow for detailed debates and discussions from a variety of viewpoints so that we can deeply explore a given topic or book.

Conducting a post-mortem review after a war is an important but fraught exercise. In “The Inheritance: America’s Military After Two Decades of War,” Mara Karlin draws on her experience as a policymaker and academic to assess the legacy of the post-9/11 wars for the military and society and identify lessons for the future. In this roundtable review, our contributors consider Karlin’s analysis and draw on their own expertise to examine the legacy of 20 years of war.

At this time of growing concerns about tensions in East Asia and great-power competition, TNSR brought together four experts to review “The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia” by Sheila Miyoshi Jager. Jaehan Park, Paul Behringer, Sangpil Jin, and Seo-Hyun Park consider some of the important historical lessons in the book and how those might apply to global politics today.

Debates in Washington over how to respond to wars involving Israel have a long history. In this review, our contributors consider what lessons to learn from Galen Jackson’s book “A Lost Peace: Great Power Politics and the Arab-Israeli Dispute, 1967–1979.”

The impacts of the war in Vietnam did not end when Saigon fell. Our contributors review Amanda C. Demmer’s “After Saigon’s Fall: Refugees and US-Vietnamese Relations, 1975-2000” and consider remembrance, policymaking, and humanitarianism in U.S.-Vietnamese relations after the U.S. withdrawal.

In this roundtable, our contributors look back on the life and work of Robert Jervis. A towering figure in international relations, Jervis made crucial contributions to multiple academic fields as well as the U.S. government. He is remembered for his scholarly work as well as his generosity as a teacher, mentor, and colleague.

The contributors re-assess Alexander Haig’s stint as secretary of state and his impact on President Ronald Reagan’s early foreign policy, especially toward Cuba, the Soviet Union, and Afghanistan. His legacy offers insight into whether individual agency or deeper structures drive history.

Our contributors review Jon Lindsay’s book “Information Technology,” in which the author looks at military innovation and effectiveness and offers a framework for charting how organizations adapt and reform their information systems as new technologies emerge.

In this roundtable, Stephen Tankel, Craig Whiteside, Colin Clarke, and Megan Stewart discuss Jenna Jordan’s book on the tactic of leadership decapitation of terrorist groups and why some organizations are able to survive leadership decapitation, while others are not.

1. Introduction: Integrating Extractive Resource Politics into Broader International Political Economy By Sarah Bauerle Danzman   When, why, how, and to what effect do leaders nationalize their natural resources? Scholars of resource nationalism have grappled with these questions at least since the (in)famous wave of oil sector nationalizations that started in the 1950s and peaked […]