• 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.

  • Putin’s people – How the KGB took back Russia then took on the West

    John West     |      April 2, 2022

    Catherine Belton’s book “Putin’s People” explains how the Russian dictator and his KGB cronies snuffed out democracy in Russia and began to rebuild the Soviet Empire to entrench themselves in power.

  • Collision course

    John West     |      February 15, 2022

    A new book, Collision Course, charts the rise and fall of Carlos Ghosn and delves into the complexities of the business and political relations between three motor vehicle giants – Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi.

  • How China will lose the world

    John West     |      October 20, 2021

    China seems to be on a path towards global leadership. However, according to Luke Patey’s new book How China Loses, with middle powers and developing countries pushing back against China’s overreach, China is unlikely command influence over global affairs.

  • Red zone

    John West     |      June 16, 2021

    Peter Hartcher’s new book provides a forensic analysis of the deterioration in the Australia-China relationship, with insights and insider information to support his argument that Australia needs to toughen its protections against China.

  • In the shadow of the dragon

    John West     |      March 30, 2021

    Sebastian Strangio’s new book argues the emergence of a more powerful and belligerent China poses the most serious foreign policy challenge that the Southeast Asian region has faced in a generation.

  • US Strategy in the Asian century

    John West     |      January 16, 2021

    The United States is a country that has lost its way in the emerging Asian Century. The new administration will face some daunting challenges in developing an effective strategy for the Asian Century.

  • The hidden hand of Chinese power

    John West     |      July 16, 2020

    The Chinese Communist Party’s global influence operations are covert but pervasive, and are undermining Western democratic institutions. Hidden Hand is very welcome in raising our awareness of this, and the stakes involved.