Benjamin Herscovitch


The fog of foreign policy: why only ‘least bad’ options are available in Syria, Iraq and other global hotspots

Foreign policy is typically a blandly bipartisan affair in liberal democracies like Australia and the United States. Although different slogans are employed by left and right, major political parties support broadly liberal foreign policy goals. Both sides of politics want to preserve peace and national...

Preserving peace as China rises II: preparing for a post-American Asian order

Abstract: With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition to a balance of power system divided between China, the United States, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). To mitigate dangerously...

Preserving peace as China rises

With inventive foreign policy needed to reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese ambitions, this report proposes three complementary strategies: prolong US leadership; protect the territorial status quo; and pursue a policy of ‘strategic ambiguity’ vis-à-vis territorial disputes. Executive summary With the centre of...

Accountable authoritarianism: why China’s democratic deficit will last

This paper argues that the Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need not produce democracy. Executive summary The last two centuries seem to stand testament to the widely assumed connection between prosperity and democracy. In 1800, there...

A fair go: fact or fiction?

This paper argues that Australia's dynamic and socially mobile society neither safeguards the position of the privileged nor frustrates the aspirations of the disadvantaged. Executive summary The ‘fair go’ is a core Australian value. The idea that everyone should have the opportunity to improve their...