What happened to China’s peaceful rise?
Today, US/China relations are at virtually their lowest ebb since US President Nixon went to China in 1972. How did relations end up in such a parlous state? What does the future hold?
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.
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.
Australia’s Security in China’s Shadow
John West's review of Euan Graham's book, Australia’s Security in China’s Shadow.
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.
Bob Harris' book, Dancing Before Storms, was about historical denials of the signs of impending revolutions. He argues that those signs are all there today.
Why Japan matters more than ever
Japan remains a global economic powerhouse and is becoming an ever closer political partner of the West.
From the bookshelf: ‘The ghost at the feast’
America’s record as an ambivalent and erratic liberal hegemon has deep roots.
Ukraine War – echoes of 1914?
The Ukraine war has inspired a search for historical parallels. Could World War 1 offer a parallel, or perhaps World War 2?
NATO Vilnius: Conniving France, Foolish Britain, Cold Turkey
Julian Lindley-French's reflexions ahead of the upcoming NATO summit.
Kissinger on Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy
In his 100th year, Henry Kissinger showed his continuing personal vitality and global relevance by sharing his wisdom and experience in an excellent book on leadership.
Book Review – Le Japon: un Leader Discret
Professor Guibourg Delamotte's new book on Japan is a must-read as Japan forges an ever closer relationship with Europe, in the face of an assertive China and an unstable US.
From Cold War 1 to Cold War 2
The moniker, Cold War 2, is frequently used to describe the current adversarial relationship between the US and China -- even if times are very different from Cold War 1.
Ukraine War, a historical perspective
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is its latest ploy to attempt to control the former republics of the Soviet Union.
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.
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