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John R. Gillingham, The EU: an Obituary, London, Verso, 2016. Review and commentary.Part III: Lost in the Future.

 Part Three of Gillingham’s book, The EU: An Obituary does not make for comforting reading. For readers prepared to soldier on, the author is not saying that the EU is dead, only that if it carries on blandly in the … 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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Joseph S. Nye, Jr, Is the American Century Over? Polity Press, 2015

In 1991, Nye published Bound to Lead: The Changing Nature of American Power, a response to Paul Kennedy’s best-selling The Rise and Decline of Great Powers, in which Kennedy had written that the US was in decline due to an … Continue reading

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Is China’s growth engine slowing?

Here is the url for this webinar: http://youtu.be/cAz4-aDj2g8 My theme is that we have to be very careful in analyzing China. For thirty years, there have been prophecies that China’s growth engine will slow down; that the financial system will … Continue reading

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A globalizing China: future hegemon or partial power?

Juan Pablo Cardenal, Heriberto Araujo, China’s Silent Army: The Pioneers Traders, Fixers and Workers Who are Remaking the World in Beijing’s Image, London, Allen Lane, 2013; David Shambaugh, China Goes Global: The Partial Power, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013. Both … Continue reading

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A Gaullist Germany: a review of recent books on the Euro crisis

The crisis of the Eurozone is now into its fifth year, yielding a harvest of books and commentaries. In this review, I’ll comment on those in the main that have been published in the English language. The authors share a … Continue reading

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The Global Structure, Economic Development, and Conflicts over Culture in the 2010s

Introduction Looking back from mid-2008 to the years 1988-1992, when the communist system collapsed, it seemed that the United States, in the words of Harvard University’s Joseph Nye, was “bound to lead”.[1] Though nuanced in intent, the phrase came to … Continue reading

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Marxist contradictions in China’s transformation.

In this position paper,  I analyse China using a Marxist paradigm. Rapid economic development generates a host of class contradictions, to use Marxist terminology, and nowhere more than in China. So far the party-state has managed to ride out the … Continue reading

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Barbarians bringing tribute to the emperor, Salisbury Review, Spring 2012, vol.30. no.3.pp.13-15

The next few years are likely to witness strains in the US-China relations, as Beijing moves away from former leader, Deng Xiao Ping’s advice, encapsulated in the phrase: “Observe developments soberly, maintain our position, meet challenges calmly, hide our capacities … Continue reading

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Survival rules in the party state, South China Morning Post, March 3, 2012

Whether you are entering the Chinese market or have been there for a long time, there can be no let-up in the attention you pay to the government. Government relations will always be significant, must be cultivated continuously and can … Continue reading

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