An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
Book Review: Superpower Showdown
The US/China relationship — arguably the most important in the world — is on a downward spiral. The authors of Superpower Showdown describe it as a “romance gone bad”, as John West reviews.
Restarting the Asian Century after Covid-19
Here is the "Distinguished Lecture" that John West recently delivered to new management students at the International Management Institute, Kolkata, India.
Book Review: British India, White Australia
Kama Maclean argues that the appalling treatment of Indians under the White Australia Policy weighs on current ambitions to develop a special relationship between the countries, writes John West.
Time for middle power global leadership?
An alliance of middle powers might be the best bet for new global leadership, as both the US and China have lost credibility through the COVID-19 pandemic, but will they step up asks John West
China’s Coming Upheaval
Minxin Pei's Foreign Affairs' article, "China’s Coming Upheaval: Competition, the Coronavirus, and the Weakness of Xi Jinping", is certainly worth a read, writes John West
The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order
In their Foreign Affairs article, Kurt M. Campbell and Rush Doshi argue that China Is Maneuvering for International Leadership as the United States Falters.
Is Taiwan the Next Hong Kong?
In their Foreign Affairs' article, Michael Green and Evan Medeiros argue that China is Testing the Limits of Impunity.
Geopolitics in a post-pandemic world -- Podcast
Neither the US nor China have come out of Covid-19 very well. We need more time to work out who comes out on top, if either indeed do. They are both losers at the moment.
Vietnam's Success in Containing COVID-19
Vietnam's Success in Containing COVID-19 Offers Roadmap for Other Developing Countries according to the IMF
Do middle powers have a China dilemma?
Andrew Peaple moderates a feisty debate between Kerry Brown and Matthew Henderson, on how middle powers should deal with the rise of China.
Book Review: Hidden Hand
The Chinese Communist Party’s global influence operations are undermining Western democratic institutions, as highlighted in the "Hidden Hand", writes John West.
India squanders its comparative advantage
India should be digging into its comparative advantage lower-skilled labour to drive economic growth argues John West.
Common Challenges on Global Ground: India-Australia Relations
The future has never been brighter for India-Australia relations argues John West.
Australia's military in a more difficult strategic environment
Australia's military muscles up for a more difficult strategic environment, reports John West.
Book Review: What’s holding China’s economy back?
The CCP’s discriminatory hukou system is a great obstacle to changing from world’s factory to a service-driven economy, writes John West.
Book Review: China–North Korea Relations: Between Development and Security
China’s developmental peace approach to North Korea reads like a soft carrot and stick approach, writes John West.
Thailand -- the land of smiles
Thailand is an unusual country in many ways, and it is worth examining some of its attributes, what makes it special, and why it is an endearing and appealing country, writes Glen Robinson.
COVID-19 a grim reminder that international cooperation needs to step up. Now
The COVID-19 crisis has struck a divided and fragile world, and exacerbated divisions writes John West.
The end of Hong Kong as we know it
Beijing is killing the goose that laid the golden egg, as it imposes its own national security law on Hong Kong, writes John West.