• Overreach

    Robert Wihtol     |      October 6, 2023

    In her new book, Susan Shirk sets out to explain how relations between China and the West have deteriorated, noting that China went into imperial overdrive well before Xi came to wield sole power.

  • Putin’s wars

    Robert Wihtol     |      July 5, 2023

    Vladimir Putin expected Ukraine to surrender without a fight, NATO to hesitate and Europe splinter. A new book traces the roots of his epic miscalculation and how his attempt to destroy the international rules based order has failed.

  • The sorry story of Russia

    Robert Wihtol     |      March 30, 2023

    A new book places Putin is his historical context, noting that Russia has always been an imperialist, expansionist power, determined to conquer as much territory as its brutal, backward, authoritarian culture will allow.

  • Chip wars

    Robert Wihtol     |      February 20, 2023

    A new book, “Chip War” is essential reading for anyone who would like to understand the importance of semi-conductor supplies in modern geopolitics.

  • Welcome to the danger zone

    Robert Wihtol     |      January 23, 2023

    China appears to be on collision course with the West, given its aggressive rhetoric and actions, but conflict is not inevitable.

  • Dr. Evil

    Robert Wihtol     |      October 6, 2022

    Russia had a chance to embrace freedom and peace after the collapse of communism, but KGB operative Vladimir Putin – now the longest serving Russian dictator since Stalin – has dedicated his life to restoring the iron fist of tyranny.

  • Sanctions busting

    Robert Wihtol     |      August 15, 2022

    The West has a long history of imposing economic sanctions on aggressor states, and aggressor states have an equally long history of ignoring them completely.

  • Making Russia pay for Ukraine

    Robert Wihtol     |      June 4, 2022

    Three months into its three day war, Russia still struggles to secure its grip on Eastern Ukraine, but the death and devastation it has brought to the country cannot be denied and must be paid for.

  • From Mao to now

    Robert Wihtol     |      November 27, 2021

    David Shambaugh’s new book is essential reading for anyone interested in the power plays which shape the Chinese Communist party.

  • China crisis

    Robert Wihtol     |      September 30, 2021

    Could Xi Jinping be toppled by a coup d’état? In China coup, Roger Garside describes precisely such a scenario.

  • Chinese whispers

    Robert Wihtol     |      December 22, 2020

    A new book by Roger Faligot on the history and extent of Chinese espionage is essential reading for both intelligence professionals and generalists wanting to understand the reach and power of China’s hidden hand.