Category Archives: China and East Asia

Realpolitik and the European Union. Final Chapter: Part 2. The true challenge facing the Merkel-Macron tandem.

The UK’s certain idea of Europe. A USE maybe attainable. But the hurdles along the path towards it are innumerable, and as likely as not unknown. Not the least of these is that a USE would be at the very … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 11. Europe in the World. Part II. Russia, energy, demography.

The theme of Chapters 10 and 11 is the tension between a shrinking Europe living in an expanding world of nation states, while all the while seeking to dis-establish European nation states which experience global developments differentially. Chapter 10 discusses … Continue reading

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Realpolitik and the European Union. Chapter 10. Europe in the World:Part I. The US and the rise of Asia.

The transformation of the world. In the key years of 1989-1992, it was Europe, not the U.S., which had the distinction of being both source and origin of the process which came to be called “globalization”—understood driven as technologically conditioned … Continue reading

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Europe’s slippery slopes: a book review.

There are never enough books to satisfy the reading public’s appetite for ideas about how to overcome Europe’s travails. Our three authors provide us with plenty: all focus in different ways on the two key questions of nationality, and Europe’s … Continue reading

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The UK between In and Out: Review of Brexit to Nowhere and Rethinking the UK’s Circles of Influence.

Nick Witney, Brexit to Nowhere: The Foreign Policy Consequences of “Out”, European Council on Foreign Relations, ECFR, November 2015. http://www.ecfr.eu; Robin Niblett, Britain, Europe and the World: Rethinking the UK’s Circles of Influence, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International … Continue reading

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China in world affairs: an interview with China Daily

The new global bedrock Updated: 2014-10-31 14:13 By Cecily Liu(China Daily Europe) China is assuming greater responsibility in international affairs, Scholar says China is now assuming responsibility as a new global pillar of stable growth after economically relying heavily on … Continue reading

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Iran and China compared.

I have always been sceptical about external attempts to force regime change by boycott, diplomatic isolation or armed intervention. Six months before this article was published Prime Minister Blair in his Chicago speech sketched out the idea of conditional sovereignty … Continue reading

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