Hudson Senior Fellow and former Australian national security advisor John Lee sits down with Mike and Marshall to discuss the Chinese Communist Party’s ambitions in the Indo-Pacific and across the globe. The trio examines what drives Xi Jinping to exercise power the way he does, how the U.S. and China view alliance-building in the region, and the evolution of the Sino-Australian relationship.
Counterbalance is a foreign policy podcast that embodies Hudson’s tradition of challenging conventional wisdom. The Trump era attacked the elite consensus regarding several key issues, including the rise of China, American policy toward the Middle East, and the compartmentalization of domestic and foreign policy. Many observers in the media and in establishment foreign policy circles are presenting the advent of a Biden presidency as a total repudiation of President Trump’s policies and a return to “normalcy.” But, regardless of how one feels about the Trump era or any of his specific policies, there is no turning back the clock. The elite foreign policy consensus will never be the same. Counterbalance will reckon with what’s next.