The distance from hubris to delusion is short and the Trump administration is bent on covering it in a sprint in its India policy.
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.
For Ramesh Thakur's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Rising tensions between China and the U.S. have put Japan in a uniquely privileged position vis-a-vis both countries.
False accusations of sexual assault have spawned the #MenToo movement in India, which demands gender-neutral laws and investigative procedures.
Blowing the whistle on state crimes is not a threat to national security; only to the reputation of ministers and generals.
There is little doubt about the Beijing spring of 1989 that called for greater openness, freedoms and democracy in China, or about its suppression. But there is a counter-narrative that receives no mention in the China-bashing mainstream media.
Identity politics is reshaping electoral contests as cultural nationalists push back against the perceived excesses of social progressives.
Voters trust their strongman over the liberal elite's gentleman for tackling India's most pressing problems.
The ALP needs to introspect on how it managed to put itself on the wrong side of people's everyday aspirations.
By remaining in the ICC, states parties will sanctify the weaponization of international justice mechanisms to be used by the powerful against the weak but never against any of their own.
The question is when, not if.