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Philippines’ China swing muddies the Western Pacific

25 October 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s shift towards Beijing has allowed China to appear as a magnanimous power in the region while potentially making it harder for the US to stop nuclear-armed...

US looks for nuclear weapons it can actually us

24 October 2016

Not many Australian academics convince a US president to adopt a less dangerous nuclear weapons strategy. Yet this is what the former US President Jimmy Carter credits Des Ball with doing. Carter...

What’s wrong with the United States’ Southeast Asian allies?

18 October 2016

The Philippines and Thailand are not acting like US treaty allies are supposed to. While the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte seems somewhat of an outlier, his anti-Americanism is only the...

Duterte's China visit: President aims to strike balance between investment and settling territorial dispute

18 October 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte’s state tour to China, his first outside of Southeast Asia, is a stern test for the leader’s strongman image as he attempts to navigate a hot-button territorial...

Does China get what it wants in East Asia?

17 October 2016

East Asia’s regional order is in the throes of a remarkable transition, but the nature and potential results of this transition are deeply contested. By mobilising developing countries, a...

The Australian who 'saved the world'

16 October 2016

Des Ball, who persuaded the White House and the Pentagon that a nuclear war was unwinnable, had a lasting influence on Asian affairs Australian academic and military strategist Des Ball –...

Desmond Ball: 1947-2016

14 October 2016

As with many of those who die of cancer, the death of Desmond Ball this week did not come as a surprise to those who knew him. He had been ill for quite some time. Still, when it occurs, the death of...

Passing of HM King Bhumiphol Adulyadej

14 October 2016

John Blaxland on ABC News 24 discussing the passing of HM King Bhumiphol Adulyade.

Jimmy Carter and Desmond Ball

Des Ball: a rare influence on thinking about secrets and war

13 October 2016

Spy agencies once classified Des Ball as a “person of interest”, but he was far, far more interested in understanding their shadowy secrets. Pine Gap intelligence base in central Australia held a...

China's South China Sea stance must be able to withstand the Singapore test

7 October 2016

Singapore has neither the ability nor intention to hurt China. If China is willing to listen to its Asian neighbours and make adjustments, it will be the stronger for it. Relations between Singapore...

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