DEMOCRACY, WHAT IS IT ??
Glen Robinson shares his thoughts on democracy.
The Ukraine war could accelerate the transition to global anarchy
A history of post-Cold War politics—written before the Ukraine war—tells us how this war might play out.
Australia’s democratic revolution
A look at Australia’s recent national election and a rundown on issues shaping the political landscape in the country.
A crash course on Putin and Russia
Book Reviews: We Need to Talk About Putin: Why the West Gets Him Wrong & A Short History of Russia: From the Pagans to Putin.
French presidential election reveals a troubled country
Emmanuel Macron's victory cannot mask deepening divides in French society
Ukraine deserves an independent future
On the eve of Russia’s invasion, Ukraine was a poor and deeply corrupt country. But the Ukrainian people still deserve the right to chart their own future, independent of their overbearing neighbour.
The Struggle for India’s Soul
India’s civic nationalism is now under severe threat by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and its pivot to ethno-religious nationalism.
What’s wrong with France?
A prosperous and beautiful country suffers from a tragic COVID death toll, violent street protests, rise of nationalist right-wing political figures and social malaise. How can we understand this?
The Abe Legacy: How Japan Has Been Shaped by Abe Shinzo
Abe Shinzō was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister. But his legacy will be mixed at best, according to a recent volume from leading Japanese and Western scholars.
Book Review: China Coup: The Great Leap To Freedom
Roger Garside predicts that China’s strongman leader Xi Jinping will soon be removed from office in an internal Communist Party coup.
The Chinese Communist Party celebrates – but for how long?
Lavish centenary celebrations marked 100 years of the CCP, but they mask several internal tensions and insecurities, writes John West.
THE LEADERSHIP HISTORY OF INDONESIA
If you don't know the past, you will never understand the present or the future -- especially in the case of Indonesia, as Glen Robinson reminds us in this article.
Book Review: Rivers of Iron - Railroads and Chinese Power in Southeast Asia
Rivers of Iron shines a lot of new light on today’s China, and it should be required reading for all China-watchers and scholars, according to John West.
MYANMAR COUP FEB 2021
Glen Robinson analyses the recent coup in Myanmar.
Indonesia – a country of disappointments.
Ben Bland shows even pessimists can be gulled by Joko Widodo’s charms, according to John West.
Book Review: The Road: Uprising in West Papua
The people of West Papua, Indonesia have been sold down the river by international politics. They are now fighting ever more ferociously for their independence.
The Legacy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe was a consequential, though flawed leader, writes 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
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.
TED Bill Gates on Coronavirus
Bill Gates on corona virus
Bill Gates outlines what he thinks world is learning about pandemics
The next outbreak? We’re not ready | Bill Gates
Philippine women top business survey
Urban farming in Tokyo
Manila 2nd worst traffic
In the media
Australians’ trust in China plummets to record low
19 July 2020
Factory Asia ‘disrupted’
November 28, 2019
For all the focus on Asia’s high achievers
Lowy Institute, The Interpreter
6 December 2019.
Australia & Asia
Australia: fit for the Asian Century?
Australia & Asia's noodle bowl of trade negotiations
Australia's Asian Century Strategy receives plaudits
Australia faces weaker Asian economy
Message from the Executive Director
Johnny's true colors
Asia's global value chains -- Part 1
Asia’s exports through global value chains have been a key driver of...
Asia's global value chains -- Part 2
Global value chains entail many risks and challenges, which are addressed...
Asia's global value chains -- Part 3
While GVCs hold the promise of economic upgrading, there is also the risk...
Asia's weak and fragile states
All too many Asian countries have weak and fragile states, which are holding back...
Australia's fourth wave of engagement with Asia
Tim Harcourt, the "Airport Economist", puts Australia's next wave...
Thoughts of the Dalai Lama
Before I left Japan, I had the honor of seeing His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. He...
The power of Asian Americans
Could the increasing migration of highly skilled Asians launch an Asian-driven...
Japan's whaling obsession
"Japan's whaling vessels are not welcome", said Australia's Environment Minister Tony...
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