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From the submarine to the ridiculous

18 September 2021

BY HUGH WHITE The old plan was to build a conventionally powered version of a nuclearpowered French submarine. It was crazy. The new plan – to buy a nuclearpowered submarine instead – is worse. It...

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Does Australia have a ‘one China’, ‘two Chinas’ or ‘one China, one Taiwan’ policy – or all three?

2 August 2021

BY CLIVE WILLIAMS Most Australians would be wondering how we can have a ‘one-China policy’ when Defence Minister Peter Dutton has warned that war with China over Taiwan can’t be ruled out. ‘Why is...

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Afghanistan: China’s Critical Jigsaw Piece

27 July 2021

BY CLAUDE RAKISITS Even before all American military staff have left Afghanistan, the security situation in the country has deteriorated very quickly, with the Taliban having taken about half of the...

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Putin, Xi friendship ‘driven by their hatred for West’

16 June 2021

BY EMERITUS PROF PAUL DIBB AM The final communique on Sunday of the Group of Seven summit expressed serious concerns about China’s and Russia’s destabilising behaviour and said the world’s most...

The Little Red Podcast

Little Red Podcast - "Killing Me Softly: the Power Pandemic"

21 April 2020

China’s Covid diplomacy dispatching facemasks and respirators overseas is being hailed as the ultimate soft power play. But is this really soft power? To answer this question, we’re...

Interests, Negotiations, and the US-Taliban Agreement

5 March 2020

BY WILLIAM MALLEY On 1 March 1848, the British Foreign Secretary, Viscount Palmerston, gave a famous speech in the House of Commons in which he remarked that ‘Our interests are eternal and perpetual...

A Chance for Peace or a Rush to the Exit?

3 March 2020

On 5 October 1938, Winston Churchill rose in the House of Commons to speak about the Munich Agreement on the future of Czechoslovakia. He did not mince his words. Britain had suffered, as he put it...

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Kashmir: A Grand Bargain

27 February 2020

It has been well over six months since the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to revoke by presidential order Jammu and Kashmir’s (J&K) special autonomous status within...

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Kashmir: The Key to a Grand Bargain

12 November 2019

Dr Claude Rakisits from the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy has recently published an article with The Diplomat: It has been over three months since Indian Prime Minister Modi’s government...

Japan and South Korea’s diplomatic dispute doesn’t need US mediation

13 August 2019

BY LAUREN RICHARDSON Already at its lowest ebb in decades, the Japan–South Korea relationship looks set to plummet further still. Leading this diplomatic descent are the perennial “history problems...

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