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Australia must be dexterous in its ties with Trump's America

20 February 2017

The most important quality in statecraft is imagination. The capacity to imagine consequences of actions, as well as inaction, and devise a path through what are often a range of unappetising...

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Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

Jihadist Threat in 2017

11 January 2017

2017 promises a more volatile and diffuse jihadist threat as the war on ISIS causes various Islamist extremist groups to strategically evolve as they compete for attention and influence. This dynamic...

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

20 December 2016

How could such events be allowed to happen? Why weren’t intelligence agencies in Germany and France able to stay one step ahead of the perpetrators? After all, we have become used to hearing stories...

The Pivot, Past And Future

1 December 2016

In November 2009, on his first visit to Asia as president, Barack Obama declared in Japan: “There must be no doubt. As America’s first Pacific president, I promise you that this Pacific nation will...

Afraid new world

11 November 2016

When he did mention Asia, it was to threaten tariffs on Chinese imports, and less military support to Japan and South Korea. Southeast Asia was not mentioned. Therefore whatever we can say about the...

The bully or the deal maker- which Donald Trump will Australia get?

11 November 2016

Leading strategist Professor Hugh White, a former deputy head of the Defence department, says he is unsurprised the government and many commentators have eagerly seized on Trump’s words since...

A global role smashed by US voters

10 November 2016

Americans themselves will of course be in deep shock at this outcome, and it may take some time for the shape of Donald Trump’s new America to become clear. But we can be pretty sure that the...

What will President Trump do for Australia and ANZUS?

9 November 2016

Since the Second World War Australia’s defence strategy has been based on its relationship with the US, and the implied promise that in the event of Australia being attacked, the US would come...

Trump is deeply disliked in Indonesia because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric

8 November 2016

Just 10 per cent of 500 Indonesians polled in the survey commissioned by the South China Morning Post said they wanted Trump to win the election – a stark contrast from the popularity incumbent...

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