Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy
The American government is taking advantage of its central position in many global networks to pursue its security interests through “weaponised interdependence”.
Germany’s Troubled Soul
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Germany is abandoning its intimate relationship with Russia. But when peace eventually returns, Germany may find it difficult to resist returning to its embrace
A Marshall Plan for Ukraine? long version
The Marshall Plan is widely regarded as the greatest achievement of postwar US foreign policy. But do calls for a new Marshall Plan for a postwar Ukraine make sense?
A Marshall Plan for Ukraine?
History can be a useful guide, but the geopolitical circumstances of today are vastly different.
Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology
Semiconductors moved to the heart of geopolitics during the postwar period. As Chris Miller documents in “Chip War,” semiconductors are playing a major role in today's great power competition.
The Battle Over Taiwan
Presidential elections in Taiwan and the U.S. in 2024 could add some spice to the geopolitical battle over Taiwan.
Why Europe Is Yesterday’s Hero
Europe is a weak link in the West’s security and will likely remain self-absorbed and a marginal player in world politics.
Book Review: Homelands: A Personal History Of Europe
Timothy Garten Ash offers a very personal postwar history of Europe.
Indonesia’ and OECD
Indonesia’s quest to join the OECD and become a high-income country.
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.
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