John McCarthy AO
Former Australian Diplomat
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India and Ukraine: the risks of ambiguity
The war in Ukraine has exposed the fault lines in India’s policy of strategic ambivalence between Russia and the West, writes John McCarthy.
Ukraine signals a return to the travails of the 20th Century
John McCarthy reviews the implications of the war in Ukraine and concludes we face a return to an era of great power conflict.
Ukraine crisis creates dilemmas close to home
As Russia takes advantage of fractured Western politics to push its claims in Ukraine, John McCarthy argues a backdown by the United States and its European allies would impose severe strategic costs. An emboldened China ready to assert its claims over Taiwan would likely be one of them.
It’s time for Australia to be a ‘smart power’ country
AUKUS shows the Morrison government’s hard power mindset. But getting the balance right with soft power assets is essential to further the national interest, writes Asialink senior adviser John McCarthy.
Australia is again snuggling up to powerful friends
The new AUKUS pact symbolises a nuclear-powered move away from being a country with the self-respect of true independence, writes John McCarthy.