Dear Intriguing Friends,

We’ve got an exciting announcement… we’re raising investment so we can build International Intrigue into something even bigger and better! 🥳

The tl;dr

What: We’re raising a ‘friends and family’ investment round (if you’re reading this, you qualify as a friend!)

Why: We are building a new media company focused on the intersection of geopolitics, business and tech. We’ve already started developing a fantastic new web platform for our content, our community, and our future.

Why now: ‘New media’ is here and it is democratising who produces and who consumes high quality information. It’s easier and more powerful than…

Be alert but not afraid

Mao-era propaganda poster (Source: The Guardian)

Over the past two weeks, I’ve written two articles articles on what I’m calling the ‘Xinjiang situation’ for my newsletter International Intrigue.

The process generally looks a little something like:

  1. Monitor my RSS feed for interesting issues that I feel are either outside the mainstream media or poorly understood by the mainstream media.
  2. Pick a topic, and with the help of our wonderful intern, Laura, come up with a rough research plan and time line. A crucial part of this is to actively seek contrarian or counter narrative stories.
  3. Summarise that research, and then begin…

This article first appeared in International Intrigue, a weekly newsletter focusing on geopolitics and international affairs.

Captain Scott’s Terra Nova in Antarctica circa 1910, from the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration.

As a young whippersnapper, I was captivated by Antarctica. Perhaps because Antarctica is in Australia’s backyard (Melbourne is closer to Antarctica than it is to Darwin!), or perhaps because a mid-90s edition of the Guinness Book of World Records seared into my brain the fact that Antarctica is the highest, driest, windiest and coldest place on Earth.

It felt like the last unknown place in the world — a throwback to a time when we had no idea what lay just over the horizon. …

This is about as viral as I go on Twitter

When it comes to Donald Trump, people have strong feelings. In other news, the Pope is Catholic.

But this issue isn’t whether you feel strongly about Donald Trump, it’s about whether we abandon the rules and norms of liberal democracy because we feel strongly about Donald Trump.

I want to expand a little bit on my thinking behind that tweet in longer form, as much for me to clarify my own thoughts as anything else.

Here’s a quick overview of what follows so you can trace the logic of my…

John Fowler

Founder and writer of International Intrigue. Former diplomat, lawyer & trained economist. Writing about interesting things, so could be anything.

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