COVID-19 – parallels and lessons from the “Spanish Flu”
While there may be some parallels and lessons from the “Spanish Flu” for COVID-19, the reality is that all viruses are different beasts, with different trajectories.
Is US leadership really in decline this time?
Michael Pembroke offers a scathing criticism of America’s postwar foreign policy, in his new book, “America in Retreat: the decline of US leadership – from WW2 to Covid-19”.
Where Is the US-China Relationship Heading in 2022?
The relationship between the U.S. and China is complicated. Yet, the countries remain economically entangled. John West explains how the countries' dynamic may evolve in 2022.
Covid-19's murky origins
The origins of COVID-19 are rather murky, as Jasper Becker argues in “Made in China.” We need an independent inquiry COVID-19 that also examines America’s cooperation with China on coronaviruses.
Australia’s Indian dream
Australia is doing its best to strengthen economic and political relations with India. But will India be the solution to its economic and political challenges?
Steve Waugh’s hymn to India
Steve Waugh’s book, The Spirit of India - Cricket, captures eloquently the importance of cricket to Australia and India.
Fear of abandonment: Australia in the world since 1942
Australia’s strategic environment has turned sour in recent years.
Minilateral initiatives to balance China in the Indo-Pacific
AUKUS is the latest minilateral initiative involving the US and its allies and partners to balance China’s rise in the Indo-Pacific.
AUKUS makes waves for the Indo-Pacific regional order
John West reports from Australia on the enhanced trilateral security partnership called “AUKUS”, between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
COVID-19 — China’s crime of the century
Will we ever know the exact origin of COVID-19? In all likelihood, no, never. But a growing body of evidence points to a negligent “lab-leak” being the most likely cause.
How China Loses: The Pushback Against Chinese Global Ambitions
Middle powers and developing countries are pushing back against China’s overreach such that China is unlikely to command influence over global affairs.
Pondering the future
Glen Robinson shares his concerns for the future -- namely, the lingering effects of COVID-19, the effects of climate change, and the fracturing of our society
Inside the Doomed US Coronavirus Response
US health-care expert Andy Slavitt’s new book, “Preventable”offers the “Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the US Coronavirus Response”.
Australia’s China challenge
Within the space of just a few years, Australia's strategic partnership with China has disintegrated, and there is little hope it can be salvaged in the near future.
Book Review: China Panic: Australia's Alternative to Paranoia and Pandering
David Brophy’s new book, China Panic, offers a nuanced and insightful analysis of the deterioration of Australia’s relations with China.
THE ANZUS TREATY ANNIVERSARY
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty, Glen Robinson shares his analysis of this instrument.
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?
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