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Sea change

19 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing's land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

USS Carl Vinson sailing through the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Pacific Fleet.

Asia Pacific: stability and strategic transformation?

16 October 2015

The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Regional Security Outlook (CRSO) 2016: Can the Asia Pacific region preserve order and stability while managing a strategic transformation?The...

Source: Canberra Times

Wave of rhetoric on South China Sea sets dangerous tone

15 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing’s land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

Source: AAP/EAF

What’s displacing Air Sea Battle in US military planning?

1 October 2015

In a slow moving transition underway since late 2014, there are strong signs that the often-criticised US Air Sea Battle operational concept is being quietly — albeit not officially — sidelined as a...

Source: The Straits Times

Life after the Bangkok blast

24 August 2015

The slaughter of innocent people in Bangkok last week was a shocking event. But its immediate political and social implications are probably limited. Cleaners and street sweepers of the Bangkok...

Source: AAP/EAF

Subplots in Thailand’s submarine setback

12 August 2015

In June 2015, several announcements suggested that Thailand would acquire three Chinese submarines for 36 billion baht (US$1.03billion). But by mid-July, Thai Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon stated...

Source: AAP

Australia needs a diplomatic sea change in the South China Sea

24 June 2015

Despite its calls for ‘more Jakarta and less Geneva’, the Abbott government appears to have fallen into a passive approach to multilateral diplomacy. And as tensions in the South China Sea ratchet up...

Thai–Cambodia relations one year after the ICJ judgement

11 November 2014

The Thai–Cambodia dispute over the Preah Vihear temple (called Phra Viharn in Thailand) is one of the worst intra-ASEAN conflicts on record. At least 34 people were killed during intermittent...

Source: Flickr user null0

Is Thailand arming civilians in the south? Not quite

10 November 2014

Last week Elliot Brennan raised concerns (No Peace, More Guns: Thai Junta Arms Civilians in Restive South) about the distribution of weapons to civilian volunteers in Thailand’s southern border...

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