It seemed for a time that the pandemic could mark a moment of ascendancy in the “psychological balance of power” as China moved to supplant America's leadership role.
Ramesh Thakur is Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University; adjunct professor, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law, Griffith University, and editor-in-chief of Global Governance from Jan. 1, 2013. He began writing for The Japan Times in 1998 as Vice Rector of the United Nations University.
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COVID-19 has brutally exposed the hollowness of India’s pretensions to power, status and influence and boasts of being a vaccine superpower and pharmacy to the world.
In reality, no one has definitive answers and stronger restrictions have not resulted in fewer COVID-19 deaths.
Outside powers should support ASEAN’s lead role and work with it to persuade the generals to vacate the governance space without further bloodshed.
In one clumsy strike, Facebook unified the entire Australian political spectrum, alienated its users and underlined just why tech giants require enforceable regulation.
If North Korea’s nuclear status is seen to have been normalized, it could trigger a cascade of proliferation across Northeast Asia.
The virus is not unprecedented, but the draconian societal shutdowns are. Who would have expected Western democracies to mimic authoritarian China?
On Nov. 17, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison became the first foreign leader to visit Japan since Yoshihide Suga assumed the prime ministership.
Setsuko Thurlow is an atomic bombing survivor who lives in Canada. She has been a highly visible public face of the hibakusha around the world, campaigning tirelessly for nuclear abolition and was included in the small delegation from the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear ...
Beijing perceives U.S. policy as being increasingly aggressive and aimed at containing China. Nuclear forces are seen as the ultimate guarantor of national security.