John Blaxland

Thailand mourns death of King Bhumibol Adulyade aged 88

The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyade has died overnight raising questions about how the south east Asian nation will react to the loss of its long serving monarch.

Seventeen years on, East Timor intervention remains a success

Australia's involvement in the liberation of East Timor, a mission launched on September 20, 1999, was the most decisive demonstration of Australian influence in the region since World War II, and the nation's largest military deployment since the Vietnam War. Australian diplomacy and leadership shaped the events that led to the birth of Asia's newest nation.

It's time for a new intelligence review

It has been five years since the release of the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community (or IRIC). Why do we need another review now?

Intelligence agencies face major review in new security era

The Turnbull government is set to embark on a major independent review of the nation's intelligence agencies as Australia faces an unprecedented array of security challenges ranging from terrorism to the rise of China and cyber-spying.

Understanding what went wrong at long Tan

The 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan was supposed to be a truly memorable event with thousands of Australians making the pilgrimage to the old Australian battle grounds to commemorate.

The Brexit effect on global security

The ramifications of Britain's vote to exit the European Union extend beyond turmoil in the financial markets to very serious and far-reaching effects on global security, writes John Blaxland.

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn from tbs eFM Primetime about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper 2016

John Blaxland talks with Henry Shinn from tbs eFM Primetime about Australian strategy and the Defence White Paper 2016 on 3 March 2016.

Defence white paper: how many billions is enough to keep Australia safe?

The world is not completely Hobbesian, but there are enough points of concern for this defence white paper to be considered well argued

What the Jakarta attack tells us about the fight against terrorism

The explosions and killings in downtown Jakarta yesterday are a grim and depressing reminder of the determination of violent extremists.

Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen's civil war, concerns for human rights

Former Australian soldiers play a key role in a Saudi-led military onslaught against Yemeni rebels, in a conflict which human rights groups are alarmed by.

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