Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith

Nicholas Ross Smith is an assistant professor of international studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

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Opinion | Beginning of the end? Reject the politics of fear and embrace hope and cooperation instead

Buying into the doomsday narratives on Covid-19, climate change, civil wars or humanitarian crises only breeds fatalism and authoritarianism, when what the world needs is creative solutions and global cooperation.

5 Mar 2020 - 9:20AM

Buying into the doomsday narratives on Covid-19, climate change, civil wars or humanitarian crises only breeds fatalism and authoritarianism, when what the world needs is creative solutions and global cooperation.

Beginning of the end? Reject the politics of fear and embrace hope and cooperation instead
Opinion | Putin’s reforms may be more about legacy building than power grabbing as he looks at retirement, Deng Xiaoping-style

After 20 years, Putin may be looking to protect his legacy by negotiating a controlled power handover in Russia, retiring from day-to-day administration while keeping a firm hand on policy direction as Russia’s father figure – much as China’s Deng Xiaoping did.

27 Jan 2020 - 9:33AM

After 20 years, Putin may be looking to protect his legacy by negotiating a controlled power handover in Russia, retiring from day-to-day administration while keeping a firm hand on policy direction as Russia’s father figure – much as China’s Deng Xiaoping did.

Putin’s reforms may be more about legacy building than power grabbing as he looks at retirement, Deng Xiaoping-style
Opinion | China cannot just rely on its economic might to silence the growing army of critics

From the Hong Kong protests to the treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang, China’s international image has seen severely dented this year. It must work to repair the damage through persuasion and co-option, not just by leaning on its economic stature.

27 Dec 2019 - 9:30AM

From the Hong Kong protests to the treatment of Uygurs in Xinjiang, China’s international image has seen severely dented this year. It must work to repair the damage through persuasion and co-option, not just by leaning on its economic stature.

China cannot just rely on its economic might to silence the growing army of critics
Opinion | Hong Kong’s protests present Beijing with a no-win situation. Will it choose the path where it loses the least?

Being dependent on international goodwill to maintain trade, it’s in the central government’s interests to handle Hong Kong with patience. Having stoked nationalism, however, Beijing may be tempted to deal with the protests decisively.

22 Nov 2019 - 10:03AM

Being dependent on international goodwill to maintain trade, it’s in the central government’s interests to handle Hong Kong with patience. Having stoked nationalism, however, Beijing may be tempted to deal with the protests decisively.

Hong Kong’s protests present Beijing with a no-win situation. Will it choose the path where it loses the least?
Opinion | If Beijing is considering deploying the PLA in Hong Kong, it should heed the legacy of the Hungarian Revolution and act with care

In 1956 the Soviet Union forcefully quelled dissent in Hungary, and consequently lost moral standing in the cold war. China should remember this and consider what PLA intervention in Hong Kong would mean for its ‘peaceful rise’ narrative.

8 Aug 2019 - 6:11AM

In 1956 the Soviet Union forcefully quelled dissent in Hungary, and consequently lost moral standing in the cold war. China should remember this and consider what PLA intervention in Hong Kong would mean for its ‘peaceful rise’ narrative.

If Beijing is considering deploying the PLA in Hong Kong, it should heed the legacy of the Hungarian Revolution and act with care
Opinion | After the Mueller report, it’s clear Putin and Russia aren’t the cause of Western democracy’s problems

It has become fashionable to blame Russian interference for cases in which democracy seems to have gone awry – from Brexit to Donald Trump’s presidency. The trouble, however, lies more with electoral democracy.

26 Mar 2019 - 2:59AM

It has become fashionable to blame Russian interference for cases in which democracy seems to have gone awry – from Brexit to Donald Trump’s presidency. The trouble, however, lies more with electoral democracy.

After the Mueller report, it’s clear Putin and Russia aren’t the cause of Western democracy’s problems
Opinion | China’s soft-power play: what will it take to get it just right and hit the Goldilocks zone?

After years of trying to win friends and gain influence through its outreach programmes, Beijing has run into a wall. The reason is twofold: China must improve its art of persuasion, and the West it seeks to impress must be willing to come to the party.

16 Jan 2019 - 8:50AM

After years of trying to win friends and gain influence through its outreach programmes, Beijing has run into a wall. The reason is twofold: China must improve its art of persuasion, and the West it seeks to impress must be willing to come to the party.

China’s soft-power play: what will it take to get it just right and hit the Goldilocks zone?
How China can tax its way out of a housing bubble: just read Sun Yat-sen and study Singapore

There is an answer to Beijing’s property bubble conundrum: either a single tax on land value that Sun argued for, or a pragmatic land tenure system that Singapore has adopted.

19 Oct 2018 - 7:10AM

There is an answer to Beijing’s property bubble conundrum: either a single tax on land value that Sun argued for, or a pragmatic land tenure system that Singapore has adopted.

How China can tax its way out of a housing bubble: just read Sun Yat-sen and study Singapore