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Podcasts from Spectator writers
The Kazakh legislature is largely a fig leaf for what is in essence a dictatorship. Corruption is endemic
By Francis Pike
Indo-Pacific security should be left to the navies of the US, India and Japan
The other pandemic from Wuhan
The United States, like Athens in the 5th century BC, has been guilty of hubristic overreach and geopolitical distraction
Last week’s celebration of the Chinese Communist party was a sham
Both China and Saudi Arabia cleave to the belief that internal affairs are nobody else’s business
The process could get messy
The Royal Navy is sending a battle fleet to Asia for the first time since the Korean War in 1950
Biden needs another Asian pivot
Will Kazakhstan’s elite keep it in the family?
Does the disapproval of the West matter to the Burmese army? Hardly
The president of the Philippines makes Donald Trump look like Betty Crocker
Europe may think of the Arctic as a polar bear sanctuary, but bigger players do not agree
Historians are likely to look back at the financial crash as the turning point in the balance of power
The Turkish president carefully plays Russia against Europe and the US to channel Turkey’s needs
If Joe Biden really has dementia, can he be removed?
Did Chinese fentanyl kill Michael K. Williams?
Chairman Xi and the Communist party’s delusional centenary
The case against AUKUS for Britain
What kind of empire is China building?
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