LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2017. The West's domination of world politics is coming to a close. The flow of wealth and power is turning from West to East and a new era of global instability has begun. Easternisation is the defining trend of our age - the growing wealth of Asian nations is transforming the international balance of power. This shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world, the fate of nations and the great questions of war and peace. A troubled but rising China is now challenging America's supremacy, and the ambitions of other Asian powers - including Japan, North Korea, India and Pakistan - have the potential to shake the whole world. Meanwhile the West is struggling with economic malaise and political populism, the Arab world is in turmoil and Russia longs to reclaim its status as a great power. We are at a turning point in history: but Easternisation has many decades to run. Gideon Rachman offers a road map to the turbulent process that will define the international politics of the twenty-first century.
Long-listed for Orwell Prize 2017.
"A masterly account ... the best survey of global affairs I have read for some time ... Rachman's book offers a first-rate primer to the world in which we live." -- Jonathan Fenby Sunday Times "In his timely new book, Easternisation, Gideon Rachman articulates a clear and persuasive idea... [His] flair for rich anecdotes, clever writing, strong analysis and original insight are impressive... Easternisation hits its mark, with a wide range of arguments and prognostications that scholars and policymakers must contemplate as we consider the coming Asian century." -- Kurt Campbell Financial Times "Rachman's theme takes him on a most interesting and stimulating tour du monde. His discussion of the impact of China's rise on south-east Asia, contrary to the great majority of accounts, is subtle and nuanced... A most informative, readable and interesting piece of work that deserves a wide readership." -- Martin Jacques Guardian "A brilliant and engrossing account of the emerging power struggles of the twenty-first century. Gideon Rachman is one of the few journalists with a truly global perspective. His access to world leaders from Beijing to Washington provides a unique perspective on international politics." -- Andrew Roberts "A superb account... An absorbing and sobering study." -- Stephen Robinson Daily Telegraph
Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times. In 2016 he won the Orwell Prize for Journalism and was named Commentator of the Year at the European Press Prize awards. Previously he worked for The Economist for fifteen years, serving as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Bangkok and Brussels.