Australia

Time to Rethink Australian Defence Policy

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The recent visit to Australia by the US Vice-President Mike Pence and statements by both Prime Minister Turnbull and Opposition leader Shorten have highlighted yet again the singularly dangerous path that Australia is following in…

Australia Joins the APR Game

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The five-day visit of Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Australia at the end of March is a good occasion to turn again to the topic of positioning this country in the complex game that is currently being played by the leading powers of…

More Delusional Thinking in Australian Foreig...

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The Australian government’s selective view of history and capacity for self-delusion in its foreign policy was on full display when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop delivered the Fullerton Lecture to the International Institute of…

Australian Foreign Policy and Israel: an Endu...

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The recent visit to Australia by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the forthcoming foreign policy White Paper should provide an opportunity for Australia to re-examine its support for the State…

Dangerous Delusions in Australian Foreign Pol...

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A report in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) has raised several issues affecting Australia’s defence and foreign policies, in particular as those policies relate to China, our largest trading partner by a significant margin…

Is There a Radically Different Future For Aus...

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In 2013 President Xi Jinping announced that China would be embarking upon what has become the world’s largest infrastructure building program. Known in China as the One Belt, One Road, but more popularly referred to as the New…

The Case for an Australian Iraq War Inquiry i...

34534534534The release of the Chilcot Report into the circumstances under which the United Kingdom took part in the invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003 has raised fresh questions of how Australia came to join the unfortunately named…

Australian Foreign Policy: An Eerie Silence

23423423423Australia has now completed more than six weeks of an eight-week election campaign. There have been the usual claims and counterclaims from the major parties, dubious statistics, hyperbole, and a relentless focus on peripheral issues…

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…

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…


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