• Taiwan lives

    John West     |      May 20, 2024

    Niki Alsford’s recent book, “Taiwan Lives,” explores how the Taiwanese people have created one of the world’s most high-tech economies, a successful and vibrant democracy, and a distinctive cultural identity.

  • The political thought of Xi Jinping

    John West     |      April 28, 2024

    Like Vladimir Putin in Russia, Xi Jinping has established himself as China’s absolute dictator but his policies of internal repression and external aggression are motivated by ideology as well as personal power and nationalism.

  • America alone

    John West     |      April 26, 2024

    America’s foreign policy has always been a battleground between isolationist and internationalist forces, according to Charles Kupchan. The tussle continues to this very day, and could intensify if Donald Trump wins the next US Presidential election.

  • Homelands – A personal history of Europe

    John West     |      September 17, 2023

    Europe made great progress towards becoming a “whole and free” continent during the 35 years after the collapse of Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine offers another inflection point. In his new book, Timothy Garten Ash argues that a Ukraine victory would offer the opportunity to renew efforts to create a “whole and free” Europe.

  • Security in China’s shadow

    John West     |      July 17, 2023

    Australia has implemented some effective responses to the challenges posed by China to its security. But Canberra still lacks an overarching China strategy, according to Euan Graham’s new book “Australia’s Security in China’s Shadow”.

  • China’s hidden hand

    John West     |      June 19, 2023

    A new book by Clive Hamilton and Mareike Ohlberg explores how the Chinese Communist Party’s global influence operations strive to undermine Western democratic institutions.

  • The rise and fall of the neoliberal order

    John West     |      April 18, 2023

    A new book by Gary Gerstle examines the development of American policy from the New Deal through neo-liberalism and explores the prospects for an uncertain future.

  • Welcome to the danger zone

    John West     |      February 17, 2023

    In their book, Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China, Hal Brands and Michael Beckley argue that China is passing its economic peak but that this increases its temptation for aggression against its neighbours and the West.

  • The four ages of American foreign policy

    John West     |      January 22, 2023

    Michael Mandelbaum’s latest book takes readers through America’s rise from settler-nation to superpower over the past 250 years.

  • The long march

    John West     |      September 19, 2022

    A new book warns that Xi Jinping is determined to solidify his own power and further entrench communist rule at home while throwing China’s weight around abroad.

  • The age of the strongman

    John West     |      July 26, 2022

    A new book explains how aggressive personality cults built by authoritarian leaders threaten democracy around the world.

  • Dancing before storms – Five revolutions that changed the world

    John West     |      June 25, 2022

    Five political revolutions, from the American revolution to the Russian revolution, offer lessons on how to manage the forces of political, economic and social change, according to a new book by Robert T. Harris.