David Martin Jones

David Martin Jones

I am a political scientist, writer and commentator based in the UK and Australia. My research tackles thorny questions of statecraft, conscience and threat, and looks backwards into history for a better understanding of the way we live now and the choices we make. My areas of expertise include:

Political Thought and Statecraft War, Terror and Counterinsurgency East and South East Asia

Featured work

Featured Book

The Strategy of Maoism in the West: Rage and the Radical Left

Edward Elgar Publishing

co-author: M. L. R. Smith

Investigating 20th century Chinese ideology through the two main elements of passionate belief and cultivation of rage, this timely book examines how Maoist thinking has influenced Western politics.

Tracing the origins of Maoist ideas in Western politics, David Martin Jones and M.L.R. Smith expertly apply the principles of strategic theory to provide an understanding of how Mao’s ideas made their way from China into Western societies where they exert a profound and little understood impact on contemporary political conduct. The book offers critical insights into key theoretical discourses and their practical applications, including: Maoism, Orientalism and post-colonial discourse theory, Maoism and the mind, and Maoism and the politics of passion. Forward-thinking in its approach, it addresses the important question of where Maoism will end, analysing the trajectory that Maoism is likely to take and what the cumulative impact of it upon Western societies may be.

The Strategy of Maoism in the West is a provocative, probing work that maps the ongoing ideological influence of Mao’s revolutionary message beyond post-World War II Asia. The authors, well-respected strategists whose study of insurgency and terrorism has been noteworthy for their fresh and innovative thinking, have produced another work of unique erudition and perspicacity.”

— Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, US

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