An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
Turmoil In The Indo-Pacific
The Indo-Pacific is in turmoil, argues John West.
Bangladesh’s industrial disasters a blight on strong development gains
Bangladesh is emerging as a manufacturing powerhouse, but it must address pressing worker safety issues, writes John West.
The Chinese Communist Party celebrates – but for how long?
Lavish centenary celebrations marked 100 years of the CCP, but they mask several internal tensions and insecurities, writes John West.
Book Review: Decoding China’s Export Miracle
Participation in global value chains has been the key factor driving China’s exports and economic development, according to Professor Yuqing Xing's new book, as reviewed by John West.
Can Tokyo Pull Off a Success With the Olympic Games?
Tokyo's Olympic Games are facing deep popular opposition, but the IOC and the Japanese government are fully behind it and determined to make it a success, writes John West.
Book Review: Red Zone – China's Challenge and Australia's Future
Peter Hartcher’s new book provides a forensic analysis of the deterioration in the Australia-China relationship, with insights and insider information, writes John West.
Putting the pandemic in perspective
Fareed Zakaria’s new book tells of tiny moments that have led to massive change, writes John West.
Two fragile superpowers struggle for dominance
The prospects for a stable relationship between the US and China based on confidence and competitive interdependence look very slim, writes John West.
THE LEADERSHIP HISTORY OF INDONESIA
If you don't know the past, you will never understand the present or the future -- especially in the case of Indonesia, as Glen Robinson reminds us in this article.
Book Review: Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy
Kishore Mahbubani challenges America to think the unthinkable -- that China might win!
China’s innovation dilemma
Tech advances have been impressive, but constraints on business productivity and imagination are a major obstacle, writes John West.
Book Review: Rivers of Iron - Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia
Rivers of Iron shines a lot of new light on today’s China, and it should be required reading for all China-watchers and scholars, according to John West.
MYANMAR COUP FEB 2021
Glen Robinson analyses the recent coup in Myanmar.
THE RECENT HISTORY OF MYANMAR
As Myanmar struggles with bloody instability, Glen Robinson reminds of the recent history of this country.
The case for Investment in SouthEast Asia
Glen Robinson makes the case for investing in Southeast Asia.
What Does the Quad Summit Signal for US’s Relationships with Asian Countries?
The recent Quad summit was President Biden’s first major foreign policy initiative.
‘In the dragon’s shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese century’
The emergence of a more powerful and belligerent China poses the most serious foreign policy challenge that the Southeast Asian region has faced in a generation.
Book Review: The Invention of China
According to Bill Hayton, the modern Chinese state was constructed, or “invented,” at the end of the Qing Dynasty, based on Western ideas of nation, race, history, and territory.
Book Review: Where Great Powers Meet – America and China in Southeast Asia
The dominant narrative in Southeast Asia is that China is drawing all the region’s states into its sphere of influence. David Shambaugh challenges this view.
Japan’s foreign policy continues to grapple with end of Cold War and rise of China
The election of Joe Biden to the US presidency notwithstanding, Japan will need to maintain its more independent and activist foreign policy to protect its interests, writes John West.