Paul Monk

Author and Former Intelligence Analyst

Paul Monk’s first degree was a BA in European History. His PhD, 30 years ago, was in International Relations. He worked as an intelligence analyst for six years and as an applied cognitive science consultant for 17 years. His most recent book is Dictators and Dangerous Ideas (2018).

www.paulmonk.com.au

Staying In Formation
25 March 2024

Staying In Formation

A new book challenging our international alliances underlines the need to make AUKUS even more transparent and robust, urges former intelligence analyst Paul Monk. There has been a good deal of sniping at AUKUS, despite bipartisan political consensus on it between the Coalition and the ALP. Not until now has there been a thorough critique of it. Sam Roggeveen, director
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The USA’s Promised Land
17 October 2023

The USA’s Promised Land

A remarkable new book explains how the USA became the Promised Land for its Jewish citizens, writes former intelligence analyst Paul Monk. American academic and author Walter Russell Mead has devoted his career to the close study of the Anglo-American world order, rather as American political scientist Aaron Friedberg has done. The scholarship Mead has produced makes him an authoritative
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Wake Up And Smell The CCP
20 December 2022

Wake Up And Smell The CCP

Two new books are right to warn we should be alert and alarmed by the military threat China poses to Australia, advises Paul Monk. The literature on our strategic dilemmas regarding China is accumulating. To our credit, as an open society, it runs the gamut from James Curran or Stan Grant arguing that Australia’s anxieties about China are rooted in
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Australia’s Ancient Democratic Roots
16 November 2022

Australia’s Ancient Democratic Roots

In 2022, Australia ran an exemplary democratic election in Federal politics. It removed a conservative Coalition government and replaced it with an ALP government. That this was accomplished peacefully, legally, without censorship, police interference, or any kind of physical confrontation should be celebrated. The fact the defeated government immediately and gracefully ceded office, that the new government stepped in and
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Best Of The West
19 October 2022

Best Of The West

We must defend Western Civilisation so all of humanity can continue to be enriched, argues author and former intelligence analyst Paul Monk. Douglas Murray is a wonderfully free spirit who lucidly tackles the manias of political correctness with erudition, panache and limpid reasoning. At just 43 years of age, he is a ‘conservative’ and courageous author in the era of
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It Was China Built The Wall
16 September 2022

It Was China Built The Wall

Those blaming Australia for problems with China should examine Xi Jinping’s destructive changes in direction, as we carefully weigh our response, argues author and history scholar Paul Monk. The past two years have seen a series of developments in Australia’s relations with China which have upended long-standing hopes and assumptions. It’s important that we not only ride out the current
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The Pascoe Fiasco
19 October 2021

The Pascoe Fiasco

The promotion of Dark Emu throughout our nation’s schools underlines the serious failings of our education system, argues author and history scholar Paul Monk. I wrote about Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu and Young Dark Emu in this magazine two years ago. His reputation was at high tide, his books selling in large numbers. As of mid-2021, Dark Emu is reported
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Freedom’s Narrow Corridor
13 August 2020

Freedom’s Narrow Corridor

This article from the Winter 2020 edition of the IPA Review is written by author and former intelligence analyst, Paul Monk. The national security law imposed by the Chinese Communist Party on Hong Kong, as of 1 July 2020, is a red alert. A great deal of geopolitical capital was expended for decades to draw China—on highly favourable terms—into the
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