John McCarthy AO
Former Australian Diplomat
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The Dangers of Excessive Foreign Policy Zeal
Australia should learn from 19th century statecraft, says former ambassador John McCarthy, and practice some artful diplomacy in the coming months that balances our interests in securing a strong US, a stable region, and if possible a cooperatively engaged China.
Biden and Australia
With the polls pointing to a Joe Biden victory in the US presidential race, the stakes for Australia, and its interests in a stable Indo-Pacific, are high. Former ambassador to the United States and Asialink senior adviser, John McCarthy, breaks down some of the likely foreign policy trends under a Biden presidency and points to some key tests for Australia in managing a new administration in Washington.
After AUSMIN: How to Ensure Strong Ties to the US and Asia
Following the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) on 28 July, senior adviser to Asialink and former ambassador to Washington, John McCarthy, argues our strengthening alliance with the US does not preclude building closer relations with Asia, including a potential modus vivendi with China.
Mr. Morrison and Japan
Late on Thursday, Scott Morrison joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for the latest in a series of ‘virtual’ meetings with regional leaders. High on the agenda were the usual array of security challenges, set against the backdrop of Asia’s biggest foreign policy dilemma – how to manage the rise of China. As former ambassador John McCarthy notes, there are lessons to be gleaned from Tokyo’s handling of this most sensitive diplomatic problem.
Vietnam and the Virus
No country in Asia—and arguably in the world—has managed the COVID-19 pandemic as well as Vietnam. As of 10 June, it has had 332 reported cases and no deaths. Its statistics are widely regarded as credible.