A Focus on Violence Creates Blind Spots in Assessing the Far-Right Threat

January 14, 2022

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in Madrid (2004) and London (2005), many Western governments developed countering violent extremism (CVE) strategies, with the UK's PREVENT scheme, launched in 2007, being considered the world’s first of this kind. What these CVE programs (more recently...

For Vladimir Putin, Survival Is All That Matters
January 05, 2022

For Vladimir Putin, Survival Is All That Matters

ASEAN’s Myanmar Strategy, Slow But Steady
December 21, 2021

ASEAN’s Myanmar Strategy, Slow But Steady

The Myths and Realities of South Korea’s Green New Deal
December 13, 2021

The Myths and Realities of South Korea’s Green New Deal

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

Biden’s New Culture of Brinkmanship

December 08, 2021

Taiwan is a problem. Historically separate from but linked to China, Taiwan was colonized by the Dutch and partially by the Spanish in the 17th century. Through a series of conflicts between aboriginal forces allied with the Ming dynasty and European colonial forces who also fought amongst...

Finding the Source of Australian National Strength in the China Context

Finding the Source of Australian National Strength in the China Context

December 02, 2021

Two starkly different viewpoints published in The Australian over Canberra’s posture toward China show the contrasting approaches to strategic uncertainty and perception of threat from Beijing. The first article was posited by Hugh White on November 21 and the second was put forward by Peter...

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  

Water World: Is Climate Change Driving Our Future Out to Sea?  

November 29, 2021

There is no question about it: Our planet is warming faster than ever before. Having plateaued around 280 parts per million for thousands of years, global CO2 emissions have shot past 400 ppm at the end of the last decade, an atmospheric rise set in motion by the 18th-century Industrial...

Sanctions on North Korea Do Not Work

Sanctions on North Korea Do Not Work

November 26, 2021

North Korea is one of the most heavily sanctioned countries in the world. It has been subject to US and international sanctions for more than 70 years. Those sanctions have come in three overlapping waves, first as a result of the Korean War, then in response to its development of nuclear weapons,...

What No One Wants to Hear About Growth

What No One Wants to Hear About Growth

November 25, 2021

Some 40 years ago, the Club of Rome published a study with what at the time was a relatively provocative title, “The Limits to Growth.” The book appeared at a time of rising environmental consciousness and growing uneasiness with respect to the state of the planet. Throughout the advanced...

Why Democratic Nations Must Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

Why Democratic Nations Must Boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics

November 12, 2021

World capitals and Olympic committees will soon need to make a consequential decision. They can either reward and reinforce Chinese President Xi Jinping's unprecedented power grab — at home and abroad — by participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics in the name of “political neutrality,” or...

Fiji’s Women Are Living the Reality of Climate Change

Fiji's Women Are Living the Reality of Climate Change

November 11, 2021

On November 6, Brianna Fruean and other Pacific Islands representatives marched in Glasgow as all eyes are on the United Kingdom for the COP26 climate change summit happening this month. The chilly streets of Scotland and its winter are so far removed from the reality of the Pacific that we, in...

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

Will the US Maintain Its Strategic Ambiguity Toward Taiwan?

November 09, 2021

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen recently confirmed reports that US Marines and special operators are training local troops on the island, reflecting growing concerns in Washington over the state Taiwanese-Chinese relations. In her statement, President Tsai said she had faith that the US would...

On China, The Times Avoids Substance to Promote Propaganda

On China, The Times Avoids Substance to Promote Propaganda

November 09, 2021

The New York Times has produced one of the silliest news articles about Chinese history — or, for that matter, anyone’s history — ever written. Chris Buckley’s article, “To Steer China’s Future, Xi Is Rewriting Its Past,” is misleading in more respects than one. It claims to be about...

Uncertain Times in a World Without American Hegemony

Uncertain Times in a World Without American Hegemony

November 03, 2021

The international order is in deep trouble, and not only since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not how things were supposed to turn out. The collapse of the “evil empire,” the end of the Cold War and the integration of Central and Eastern Europe into the EU were supposed to...

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