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What North Korea and Syria tell us about US primacy: It's over

1 May 2017

In the course of the last three weeks, we have probably witnessed the end of the defining feature of the post-Cold War era: unrivaled American power. For all the back and forth between commentators...

Lebanon's fragile stability

20 July 2016

Image: Flickr/World Bank/Dominic Chavez I arrived in Lebanon in early June this year and was immediately struck by the calm mood of the people. Since 2015 fear of an ISIS invasion had receded, in...

However annoying, failure to engage Russia is not an option

However annoying, failure to engage Russia is not an option

17 February 2016

Negotiations to end civil war in Syria, which has left 250,000 dead, and forced more than 10 million to flee their homes, are set to resume February 25. Syrian troops, aided by Russian airstrikes,...

St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.

Russia, IS and the future of NATO

22 December 2015

The years 2014-15 were a watershed for European security. The hope that NATO could enjoy a strategic pause and peace dividend after the end of its operation in Afghanistan has been dashed, as direct...

New Horizons

New Horizons

16 December 2015

From recruiting terrorists online to using memes to insult Islamic State, the digital realm is rapidly reshaping politics and power in the 21st century. With many more examples like the above, the...

A bomb explodes in Syria.

Dr John Blaxland warns against Australia sending troops into Syria

19 November 2015

As France launched a second round of air strikes against Islamic State in Syria, one of Australia’s leading defence experts has warned against deploying Aussie troops on the ground. Dr John Blaxland...

Coalition airstrike on Syria.

We asked an expert why Australia has stopped bombing Syria

9 October 2015

It was revealed earlier this week that Australian forces haven't flown a mission in Syria since the Russians arrived. On Thursday the Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston downplayed...

Struggling to govern: Afghanistan's National Unity Government one year on

Struggling to govern: Afghanistan's National Unity Government one year on

2 October 2015

A year into the power-sharing arrangement between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government (NUG) is struggling.The...

Australia’s anti-Islamic State pushback must be made to work

21 May 2015

Former diplomat and essayist Owen Harries once bemoaned our tendency to be blinkered by our “parochialism of the present”. He described it as the tendency to believe that what is happening now, and...

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