James ONeill

Australia and the War in Syria: Continuing Ob...

585876876On 16 November 2015 the present writer published an article in Australia’s New Matilda magazine. The article had two main objectives. The first was a discussion of the legal bases upon which one State could attack another State. The second…

MH17 Coroner’s Inquest: More Questions than A...

342342343An inquest into the deaths of the Australian passengers on board MH17 when it was shot down over Eastern Ukraine on 14 July 2014 was held in Melbourne, Australia, on 15 and 16 December 2015. The inquest was notable for a number of reasons, most…

Why Would Turkey Risk War Over a Russian Plan...

Russian military aircraft at Syria's Hmeimim airfieldThe shooting down of a Russian fighter bomber by Turkish war planes this week throws into stark relief the complex multiple games being played by Turkey and its NATO allies. The incident further highlights the misuse and misquotation of…

Australia and the New Silk Roads

453666In January 1904 Sir Halford Mackinder, the director of the London School of Economics, presented a paper to the Royal Geographical Society. The paper was entitled “The Geographical Pivot of History.” In his presentation…

Australia’s Foreign Policy: Time for a ...

56462222On Hiroshima Day this year the recently retired Director-General of Australia’s premier spy agency, the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), Mr David Irvine, addressed a meeting organized by the Griffith University (Brisbane) Asia Institute…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership : A Free Trade ...

434234211The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) currently nearing its final stages of negotiation purports to be about increasing trade and economic co-operation among its twelve negotiating parties. These twelve countries include…

The Schizophrenic Australian Foreign Policy

1431723178606Earlier this month on 13 May 2015 David Shear, the US Department of Defence Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs addressed the US Senate Foreign Relations committee. Mr Shear…

MH17: How the Media Failed the Victims and th...

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In examining the evidence relating to the shooting down of Flight MH17 over the eastern Ukraine in July 2014 it…

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