An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
The End of the Cold War: 1985-1991
It took four wise leaders – Reagan and Shultz, and Gorbachev and Shevardnadze – to bring the previous Cold War to a peaceful end. Regrettably, the world is suffering from a dearth of such leadership
Who lost Russia? From the Collapse of the USSR to Putin's War on Ukraine
Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated drastically since the optimistic days of the 1980s and 90s. Peter Conradi explores why in his new book.
The Ghost at the Feast: America and the Collapse of World Order, 1900-1941
Robert Kagan's new book on the history of US foreign policy offers many insights of relevance to today.
Coming to terms with Moscow?
Some European leaders imagine that if a quick resolution to the Ukraine war could be negotiated, their peoples could return to peace. But this is unrealistic.
The Rise and Fall of the Neoliberal Order
Over the past century, the US has known two domestic political orders – the “New Deal Order” and the “Neoliberal Order.” But the Neoliberal Order has now collapsed.
Japan, a politically unstable ally of the West
Japan is becoming an ever-stronger ally of the West in its great power rivalry with China, but its effectiveness is undermined by threats of political instability at home.
Rise and decline of the US global hegemon?
The second Industrial Revolution was a key driver of the US’ rise to global hegemon status. But relative economic stagnation over the past half century has been undermining its standing.
Australia dives deep into AUKUS
On 14 March 2023, Australia, the UK and the US put some meat into their controversial AUKUS partnership, which is designed to deter and resist China’s assertive behaviour in the Indo-Pacific.
America, the ambivalent and erratic liberal hegemon
It is rather difficult to come to terms with America’s unpredictable relationship with the world. But for better or worse, the US is the only world power capable of defending a liberal world order.
The Revolution Occurring in Japan’s Defense Posture
Japan takes bold steps towards becoming a "normal" military power.
Pacific Power Paradox
In his new book, Pacific Power Paradox, Van Jackson seeks to correct our vision of the past through his argument that the US has not just been Asia’s firefighter for peace, but also its arsonist.
One year of Russia’s war against Ukraine
We speak with a geopolitical expert about the origins of the war in Ukraine, the stakes involved, and the role the West must play in bringing the war to an end
Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China
Hal Brands and Michael Beckley argue that China is passing its economic peak. It is this factor that may be more dangerous than a rising China, and that conflict may happen sooner than most believe.
From one Cold War to the next?
At this stage, the goal of America’s strategic competition with China and Russia is unclear, in contrast to the strategic clarity of its containment policy during its Cold War with the USSR
America’s China fantasy
After naively basing its China policy on fantasies of a democratic future, it’s now imperative that the US frames its China policy on realistic analysis of the country’s politics
Our partner, Glen Robinson, shares his thoughts on the future.
Book Review: The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy
Michael Mandelbaum’s latest book takes readers through America’s rise from weak, settler-nation to hyper-power hegemon over the past 250 years.
Geopolitical developments in 2023: Which way will the needle move?
Reasons for both pessimism and optimism in 2023.
China’s rupture with the West
China’s rupture with the West now seems firmly entrenched, with little hope for reconciliation
My reading list in 2022:
I successfully tried to read 50 books in 2022.