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Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?

20 March 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to skip the ASEAN-Australia commemorative summit did not come as a surprise. Despite the warm gesture extended by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm...

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When Australian nuclear weapons could make sense

30 January 2018

What a way to start a year! The debate initiated by three former Australian deputy secretaries of defence—Hugh White, Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith—about the possibility of Australia acquiring...

A member of the Chinese military marches before the welcoming ceremony for President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing. AP

Foreign policy: why we should expect more of ourselves

4 December 2017

We are starting to turn the “soft bigotry of low expectations” against our own government, and therefore against ourselves. Look at the way we have responded to the government’s recent Foreign...

Francophone Africa is Australia’s Final Diplomatic Frontier

3 November 2017

Francophone Africa is a relative unknown for many Australians, but as this group of countries begins to take its place on the global stage, Australia should take note. French-speaking nations make...

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The Battle of Beersheba, 100 years on

1 November 2017

In Australia’s memory of the Great War, the Sinai–Palestine Campaign gets comparatively little thought after Gallipoli and the Western Front. The exception is the Battle of Beersheba, fought on 31...

Turnbull Takes Part in Reinvigorated Pacific Islands Forum

8 September 2017

Barring unforeseen circumstances – and these days perhaps one shouldn’t talk too soon – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will fly to Samoa to attend the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders’ Meeting....

"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...

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...

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...

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