James ONeill

Demise Of The Petrodollar Has The Potential To Reshape The Geopolitical World

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In 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

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In 2018 the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFATDahJTkfw 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

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The 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 Threat

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

US and Terrorist Groups in Desperate Rearguard Actions in Syria

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While 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’s the Benefit?

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 Round

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On 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 Cannot be Trusted

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Recent 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…

Trump and Afghanistan: A Hidden Agenda

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On Monday 21 August 2017 US President Trump made his long awaited statement on future US policy in Afghanistan. There was considerable speculation beforehand that as to whether Trump might announce a US withdrawal. The basis…

Germany’s Ostpolitik in the Modern Era

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When Willy Brandt became Chancellor of the German Federal Republic in 1969 he implemented a policy of rapprochement with the East, including not only the then German Democratic Republic, but all East European countries then under…

US Sanctions Symptomatic of a Failing Empire

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On 26 July 2017 the US Congress overwhelmingly approved a Bill providing for fresh sanctions against North Korea, Russia and Iran. The passage of this Bill , and its level of support in the US Congress, is instructive on a number of…

The Bhutan Standoff: More Opportunity than Threat

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In June of this year a new dispute between India and China arose when Indian troops moved into an area where the borders of Bhutan, Tibet and China meet and confronted Chinese workers building a road. The area concerned is known…


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