When powerful nations don’t play by the rules
For decades nations of the world abided by some basic international rules. What happens when this international order breaks down?
Will the West Fall Like Ancient Rome? new version
Are the Chinese the new barbarians, intent on triggering the fall of the West? Or is China risking internal failure?
Emerging Global Anarchy? shorter, sharp version
Many speculate that leadership of the world order is passing from the U.S. to China. But a more likely outcome could be growing world political disorder and anarchy.
What’s wrong with the United Kingdom’s economy?
A wave of pessimism has descended on the UK economy. What are we to make of it?
Will the West Fall Like Rome?
Could the fall of Rome, provoked by unruly Barbarians, be a model for the possible fall of the West?
A World Safe for Democracy
Professor G. John Ikenberry argues that the grand project of liberal internationalism is in crisis today. But he believes there is every reason for the world’s democracies to revive it.
Emerging Global Anarchy
Many speculate that leadership of the world order is passing from the US to China. But a more likely outcome could be growing world political disorder and anarchy.
The Wisdom of Dr Kissinger
Following the sad passing of Henry Kissinger, John West has taken to reading more of his books. Here are some comments on “Diplomacy”.
How States Think – The Rationality of Foreign Policy
John Mearsheimer and Sebastian Rosato contest the view that states frequently act irrationally. They propose their own concept of rationality and survey a number of cases in support of their argument
THE NEW AUSTRALIA
Glen Robinson shareS his ideas for a "New Australia".
Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy
The American government is taking advantage of its central position in many global networks to pursue its security interests through “weaponised interdependence”.
Germany’s Troubled Soul
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany is abandoning its intimate relationship with Russia. But when peace eventually returns, Germany may find it difficult to resist returning to its embrace
A Marshall Plan for Ukraine? long version
The Marshall Plan is widely regarded as the greatest achievement of postwar US foreign policy. But do calls for a new Marshall Plan for a postwar Ukraine make sense?
A Marshall Plan for Ukraine?
History can be a useful guide, but the geopolitical circumstances of today are vastly different.
Why Europe Is Yesterday’s Hero
Europe is a weak link in the West’s security and will likely remain self-absorbed and a marginal player in world politics.
Book Review: Homelands: A Personal History Of Europe
Timothy Garten Ash offers a very personal postwar history of Europe.
Book Review: The Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
Martin Wolf’s new book dissects in great depth the threat of a “crisis of democratic capitalism.” He leaves this reader feeling rather pessimistic about the future.
Why so many people feel “There is nothing for you here.”
Bob Harris' comments on “There is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-first Century” by Fiona Hill.
The European Cold War never really ended!
We are now in the midst of the second Cold War in Europe, according to some analysts. But a close reading of events suggests that the first European Cold War may never have really ended.
Rebellions, Revolutions, version francaise
Le livre, Dancing Before Storms, concernait également les dénégations historiques des signes de révolutions imminentes. D'apres l'ecrivain Bob Harris, les signes sont tous là aujourd’hui.
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