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At a time when our news headlines are dominated by political in-fighting, Royal Commissions, crippling drought and footy semi-finals, it’s easy to overlook some of the more intractable strategic issues that our governments and communities need to understand better as we move through the 21st century. In The Four Flashpoints: How Asia goes to War, ANU academic Brendan Taylor sets out a confronting account of the geopolitical forces constantly at play in Asia – a region upon which Australia has a deep economic reliance.

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