Understanding COVID through history
COVID-19 is neither the first or last pandemic the world has known, and there are many insights from history.
‘The great decoupling’
Nigel Inkster’s new book is that he traces China’s long-term technological development in the broad context of China’s history, civilisation and evolving identity.
Why politics and pandemics don’t mix
Michael Lewis’ stranger-than-fiction take on how America’s public health mechanisms failed in the face of Covid-19.
The Plague Year - America In The Time Of COVID
Are you breathless, exhausted from trying to understand and digest the events of the last year of Donald Trump's presidency?
Turmoil In The Indo-Pacific
The Indo-Pacific is in turmoil, argues 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.
Book Review: Has China Won? The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy
Kishore Mahbubani challenges America to think the unthinkable -- that China might win!
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.
Is this still going to be the Asian century?
After much optimism over the past two decades, COVID-19 has raised several question marks over the region’s march to prosperity, writes John West.
Book Review: US Strategy in the Asian Century – Empowering Allies and Partners
The United States is a country that has lost its way in the emerging Asian Century. The new administration will face some daunting challenges in developing an effective strategy for the Asian Century.
Book Review: Japan’s New Regional Reality – Geoeconomic Strategy in the Asia-Pacific
In her new book, Saori Katada details the country’s shift from being perceived as a trade villain to an active promoter of an open, rules-based regional trade order, writes John West.
Once again, Glen Robinson, our contributing partner, has some thought-provoking ideas for us all to consider. It's very much worth the read!
China's rise exposes the 'myth' of the liberal global order
Why do we hear so much about the liberal global order, when the truth is, it never existed? It was never a global order and it was not liberal, argues Stan Grant.
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