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America's geopolitical quagmire
The US has made a giant mess of much of its foreign policy since the end of the Cold War three decades ago.
Book Review: Global Energy Politics
Despite recent advances in renewable energy production, we still live in a fossil-fuel driven civilisation. Global energy challenges remain deeply political.
Covid-19 And The Turbulent History Of Globalization
There is perhaps no time like the present for reflecting on globalization, the buzzword of the century, but a word that may now be under threat, writes John West.
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.
Book Review: The deadly legacy of the Cold War in the modern world
The anti-communist purge in Indonesia in the 1960s is retold in a compelling examination of US Cold War policy, writes John West.
AUSTRALIA’S INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ENGAGEMENT 2019
With disruption and rethinking prompted by the Covid-19 Virus, Australia’s commercial linkage with the global community will change significantly, writes Glen Robinson.
Book Review: Superpower Showdown
The US/China relationship — arguably the most important in the world — is on a downward spiral. The authors of Superpower Showdown describe it as a “romance gone bad”, as John West reviews.
Restarting the Asian Century after Covid-19
Here is the "Distinguished Lecture" that John West recently delivered to new management students at the International Management Institute, Kolkata, India.
Book Review: British India, White Australia
Kama Maclean argues that the appalling treatment of Indians under the White Australia Policy weighs on current ambitions to develop a special relationship between the countries, writes John West.
Time for middle power global leadership?
An alliance of middle powers might be the best bet for new global leadership, as both the US and China have lost credibility through the COVID-19 pandemic, but will they step up asks 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
The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order
In their Foreign Affairs article, Kurt M. Campbell and Rush Doshi argue that China Is Maneuvering for International Leadership as the United States Falters.
Is Taiwan the Next Hong Kong?
In their Foreign Affairs' article, Michael Green and Evan Medeiros argue that China is Testing the Limits of Impunity.
Geopolitics in a post-pandemic world -- Podcast
Neither the US nor China have come out of Covid-19 very well. We need more time to work out who comes out on top, if either indeed do. They are both losers at the moment.
Vietnam's Success in Containing COVID-19
Vietnam's Success in Containing COVID-19 Offers Roadmap for Other Developing Countries according to the IMF
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.
Book Review: Hidden Hand
The Chinese Communist Party’s global influence operations are undermining Western democratic institutions, as highlighted in the "Hidden Hand", writes John West.