James ONeill

The Recently Failed Kazakhstan Coup Attempt Points to a New World Order

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The recent talks held in Geneva and Brussels between the Russian delegates and their American and European equivalents have been…

China and Russia Lead the Way in a New World Order

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These days Russia sits down with the United States, and NATO, to discuss Moscow’s demands (they go beyond proposals) for in effect a new world order in Eastern Europe. The Russian plan envisages a greatly reduced role for NATO on and around its borders. The United States has not yet made any specific proposals in advance of the meeting, although…

Australian Foreign and Defence Policy Makers Make One Bad Choice After Another

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Australia recently cancelled its order for eight French built submarines. The cancellation was incredibly badly handled with the French being kept in the dark about the decision until long after it had been taken. The problem was compounded by the Defence and Foreign Ministers being in communication with the French after the cancellation…

Putin’s Best Policy is to Simply Wait

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Russia has recently set out its list of demands for a resetting of the position of the United States in Europe. The Americans have reacted cautiously, promising to give the Russians an answer “shortly”. It would be unwise to hold one’s breath awaiting a positive response from the Americans. Even in the highly unlikely event they respond positively…

The US Seems Determined to Repeat its Mistakes Regardless of the Lessons to be Learned

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Thirty years ago, then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and United States president Ronald Reagan agreed that the then Soviet controlled territory of East Germany could be reunited with the western sector of the country, then known as West Germany. In exchange for this Soviet gesture, Reagan promised that NATO “would not advance one…

Putin-Biden Meeting Promises No Change to US Hypocrisy

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This past week saw the electronic meeting of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and United States president Joe Biden. It was billed as a head to head meeting of two of the world’s most powerful political figures. In fact, Biden was supported by four of his top aides in foreign affairs. Their precise role was unclear. One suspects that, given Biden’s propensity…

Israel’s Illegal Occupation of the Golan Heights Remains an Obstacle to Peace

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During the period of the last Labor government in Australia, the general policy of that government, which was in power for six years from 2008 to 2014, was to abstain on votes in the United Nations critical of Israel. When the Liberal government has been in power, as it has continuously since 2014, the vote is almost invariably against any motion…

China and Russia Face a Difficult Future in the Face of American Hypocrisy and Intransigence

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One of the overhyped events of recent times has been the 3+ hours of telephone conversation between the presidents of China and the United States of America Xi Jinping and Joe Biden respectively. There are two major reasons to doubt the sincerity of the Americans over their accounts of the meeting…

Demographic Changes Pose Significant Challenges for Europe

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Europe today faces a demographic crisis. It is the great unmentionable in the current furore over migration from North Africa and the Middle East by persons seeking a better life, as they perceive it, in Europe. That migration is receiving significant resistance from a number of countries, although their demographic position…

The Australian Government Faces a Sea of Woes

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The normally placid waters of Australian political life had a rude awakening in the past week. The French president Emanuel Macron was interviewed by a group of Australian reporters. He was asked if he thought he had been lied to by Scott Morrison, the Australian Prime Minister, on the issue of the cancellation of the Australian order for French built…

US Continues to Show That it doesn’t Fully Appreciate That the World has Changed

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There are signs that the United States is moving away from the position it has held since 1971 when the island of Taiwan was an independent state, deserving not only of recognition as such, but also a place in the General Assembly of the United Nations. The revelation came in a recent speech by the United States secretary…

Russian and Chinese Patience with the United States Finally Shows Signs of Running Out

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One of the things one finds constantly amazing is the ability of western politicians, or political figures, to describe the world in a way that is unrecognisable to the averagely informed citizen. A classic illustration of this point was recently evident in an interview given by NATO’s Jens Stoltenberg to the London…


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