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"It's not a pleasant story about ASIO. There's lots of warts," John Blaxland.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Lunch with John Blaxland, or how to write a history of ASIO

8 September 2017

Since John Blaxland co-authored The Official History of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), the final volume of which was published late last year, he has been attacked by right-...

"It's not a pleasant story about ASIO. There's lots of warts," John Blaxland.  Photo: Dion Georgopoulos

Lunch with John Blaxland, or how to write a history of ASIO

8 September 2017

Since John Blaxland co-authored The Official History of ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation), the final volume of which was published late last year, he has been attacked by right-...

ASEAN and Australia beyond 50

25 August 2017

ASEAN has achieved much in its 50 years, but it is currently perceived as underperforming and facing difficult challenges ahead. Australia, as ASEAN’s longest-standing partner, should support its...

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Do the lessons of Thucydides apply to Singapore?

16 August 2017

Recently the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, dropped a bombshell. He declared that Qatar’s experience of being embargoed by its neighbouring states...

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What Happens When ISIS Becomes an Online Caliphate?

2 August 2017

No longer merely against the ropes, the Islamic State is on the canvas. After months of bloody urban warfare, the Islamic State’s uprooting from Mosul represents the latest and most significant blow...

Why Moriarty is a good choice for Defence Secretary

31 July 2017

Pundits were surprised and eyebrows raised late last week when the news broke that Greg Moriarty had been selected as the replacement for Dennis Richardson as Secretary of the Department of Defence...

Nikki Haley, United States ambassador to the United Nations, confers with an aide during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council at United Nations headquarters, July 5, 2017 in New York City. Getty Images.

Empty US threats over North Korea are serving Beijing’s interests

27 July 2017

When North Korea tested a ballistic missile back in February, the Trump administration threatened military action. They did the same thing when Pyongyang tested again on 4 July. But each time, after...

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US–China cooperation on North Korea remains critical

27 July 2017

China is under pressure to deliver a solution to the increasingly dangerous North Korean crisis. Following North Korea’s test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), US President Donald...

Peter Dutton (right) is set to assume responsibility for the newly created home affairs portfolio. AAP/Mick Tsikas

New home affairs department seems to be more about politics than reform

20 July 2017

It is difficult not to give in to cynical impulses over Tuesday’s announcement that the government will create a department of home affairs. Described as a “federation of border and security...

Vietnam is a Promising Partner for the Trump Administration

13 July 2017

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was the first Southeast Asian head of state — and the third from Asia (after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping) — to meet...

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