James ONeill

Why an Iraq War Inquiry is More Necessary Tha...

GM563523432There has been a flurry of activity caused by the comments made by Green’s parliamentarians Adam Bandt and Richard di Natale over recently installed Liberal Senator Jim Molan. The facts relate to the Australian situation, but the issue has wider ramifications. The ostensible…

Reaction to Recent Iranian Protests Reveals W...

479The recent social unrest in Iran exposed a number of elements of western foreign policy that the mainstream media either failed to appreciate or, more likely, deliberately chose not to report. Iran has been a target of western intervention for…

Trump’s Jerusalem Statement Opens a Pandora’s...

0XL922US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem is the capital of Israel has been predictably condemned by the governments of all states, except Israel itself. Trump’s own statement on the issue what’s more carefully worded than the reaction to the decision would…

Australia’s Foreign Affairs White Paper...

S56423423423The latest Australian White Paper on foreign affairs published in November 2017 was the first such attempt to define Australia’s place in the modern geopolitical world and how it might appropriately respond to regional and global challenges since 2003. The world…

Demise Of The Petrodollar Has The Potential T...

5645234243In the early 1970s President Richard Nixon instigated two changes that had profound effects. The first of these was taking United States off the gold standard; i.e. henceforth US dollars would no longer be convertible to Gold. Ordinarily this might have…

DFAT’s White Paper and Modern Reality

3211bIn 2018 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will release a new White Paper, setting out possible scenarios for the future conduct of Australia’s foreign policy. It would be unwise to expect any substantial, let alone radical, departure from the foreign policy…

New Revelations in the Syrian War

1453392748_11The recent revelations by Edward Snowden the former national security agency whistle-blower about the role of Saudi Arabia in the ongoing war in Syria has raised fresh questions about role of Saudi Arabia and others in arming the various terrorist factions in Syria. According to…

Trump’s Rejection of the JCPOA Poses a Major ...

8853453453President Trump has announced that he is no longer willing to certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed to by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus…

US and Terrorist Groups in Desperate Rearguar...

3242131231While the attention of the world has been focused on the increasingly strident rhetoric between the United States and North Korea, a rather different and potentially more dangerous series of moves has been playing out in Syria…

Australia and U.S. “Joined at the Hip”: Where...

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being “joined at the hip” to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary…

North Korea and the UN Sanctions Merry Go Rou...

56345345On 11 September 2017 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2375 imposing further sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test. This was the latest and ninth such resolution since 2006. There…

Further Evidence As To Why America’s Word Can...

6234234234Recent events confirm the long held view of many that adherence to international law is, for the Americans, at best an optional extra rather than being an essential component of conduct between States…


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