John McCarthy AO
Former Australian Diplomat
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Managing ANZUS: getting the balance right
While ANZUS originally developed as a necessary tool for our national defence, facilitating US engagement in our immediate region, former Australian diplomat John McCarthy argues it must also work alongside our evolving foreign policy needs. Namely, engaging with our independent neighbours and developing a role in the multilateral structures designed to guide the liberal international order.
The price of neglect in Afghanistan
As Australia retreats from Afghanistan, it is time to be generous to those who helped us, writes former diplomat John McCarthy. What we do now to aid friends in need could shape our international standing for many years to come.
Are the rich democracies singing in tune over China and the World?
The weekend’s G7 summit produced grounds for modest celebration – the United States and its allies were again singing the same tune. But as former diplomat John McCarthy writes the world’s rich democracies, including Australia, have much work to do to restore the value of the liberal political brand.
Aiding India in crisis
India is facing a humanitarian crisis from COVID-19. John McCarthy, a former high commissioner to New Delhi, says Australia must do its share to help with vitally needed supplies and allow Australians there to come home – even if it stretches our own resources.
Biden-Suga Summit Signals a Shift in Global Focus
US President Joe Biden has confirmed a shift in US foreign policy priorities by hosting the first physical head of government meeting since he came to office with Japan’s Yoshihide Suga. But John McCarthy argues there are lessons for Australia in how Japan balances its relations with Washington and Beijing.