Asian-Pacific region

Australian Foreign Policy: An Eerie Silence


Australia 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 Obfuscation


On 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 Answers


An 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…

Christmas Eve events in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) do not inspire optimism


One of the main themes of the NEO publications in the past year was concerned with monitoring and evaluating processes in the Asia-Pacific region, where the center…

Australia and the New Silk Roads


In 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 Rethink


On 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…

On Political Aspects of Economic Integration in the Asia-Pacific Region


The complexity of the situation emerging in the Asia-Pacific Region is manifested in a contradictory interweaving of political and economic regional trends, the motivation of which is mainly based on the rapid emergence of China as one of the leading…

The Trans-Pacific Partnership : A Free Trade Agreement?


The 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


Earlier 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…

Indonesia: A Tidbit for the ISIS

Responses to events in the Middle East have drifted all the way to Indonesia, and with such force that they…

Abbott’s Anti-Putin, Anti-China Policy puts Australia on Crash Course

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott's promise to shirt front Putin over MAS MH17 turned out to be a bluff, and…

About Meetings “on the Sidelines” of APEC

The latest APEC forum, held from 5 to 11 November in Beijing, confirmed two related trends, which have been emerging…

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