Richard McGregor wins the PM’s Award for Best Non-Fiction Book in Australia for 2018 - 15th Feb

SAGE Exclusive Speaker Richard McGregor has been awarded the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for the best Non-Fiction book, for his book Asia’s Reckoning.

Paul Haenle: US and China broach sensitive topic of N Korea regime collapse - 22nd Dec

In the Bush administration we tried to have those conversations and the Chinese were very reluctant to engage. They didn’t want to be perceived as doing secret planning with the United States about the collapse of the regime because they thought it would make the situation worse. But I think they’re probably more willing to have those conversations today.

Paul Haenle: The North Korean Nuclear Threat: The View From Beijing - 22nd Dec

While the United States and China agree on the ultimate objective of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, persistent mistrust and differing priorities prevent the two countries from making significant progress. North Korean actions that undermine Chinese interests, rather than U.S. pressure, will have a greater impact in fundamentally shifting Beijing’s policy toward Pyongyang.

Evan Medeiros: Trump starts new war against China over “Economic Aggression”. - 18th Dec

The concern about Chinese economic policy and practices is serious and real but the question is how you deal with it. Unilateral trade enforcement mechanisms are not going to do it. You need systemic tools that shape the economic environment around China in order to reshape their incentives.

Evan Medeiros: Seoul, concerned about Pyongyang’s provocation during Olympics, asks US to delay upcoming drills - 18th Dec

On the one hand, you want to work with your South Korean ally but on the other hand, this dangerously validates North Korea’s claim that the exercises are a source of tension. The next step could be to shrink the exercises or cancel them all together.

Karim Sadjadpour: Cold War Lessons For Iran Strategy - 18th Dec

While the future of Iran and US-Iran relations is unpredictable, it must be similarly emphasized that there are no quick solutions. History has shown that Iran relents when it faces international unity and is divided domestically.

Kevin Rudd: No country can solve today’s challenges alone - 12th Dec

The challenge we face today is different from what we faced yesterday. In the New Era, no country can solve these challenges alone, so new coordination and cooperation are needed. We should help each other.

Paul Haenle: US-North Korea tensions fuel fears on Chinese border - 11th Dec

China’s policy towards North Korea is primarily driven by fears of the chaos that could erupt along the border, rather than pressure from the Trump administration to help contain Mr. Kim’s nuclear development programme. The Chinese are concerned about the North Koreans for their own reasons. I see the Chinese at their wits’ end.

John Pomfret: NPR’s Book Concierge - 8th Dec

Congratulations to SAGE speaker John Pomfret for being featured on NPR’s 2017’s Great Reads!

“The US-China relationship has a long and rich history dating to America’s earliest days. Author John Pomfret weaves a grand tale as he lays out the cooperation and the competition, the mutual fascination and the rivalry that has marked the relationship since the beginning.”

Ben Rhodes: NGOs must be seen not as a threat, but a partner - 4th Dec

Active citizenship doesn’t just mean running for office or going into politics, it means starting organizations that promote change or solve a problem, pursuing social good with economic success. This is not politically partisan, so we aren’t looking to promote people with certain views, it is an empowerment point, so the youth have agency over their lives.

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