Interviews


  • Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq

    Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq

    The battle by US-backed Iraqi forces to take Mosul back from Islamic State reached a critical point this week. With government forces making significant advances amid the destruction, attention is already beginning to turn to 'The Day After'—the...

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  • Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia

    Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia

    Trump's campaign and presidency have been dogged by allegations of Russian collusion; the departure of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is one such treasonous scandal. If genuine alignment is possible, what would Russo-American...

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  • Off-Key Notes in Harmonious US-Japan Relationship

    Off-Key Notes in Harmonious US-Japan Relationship

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has emerged with renewed confidence in the US-Japan alliance following his weekend at US President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago country club. But concerns remain about the strength of this pivotal Asia-Pacific...

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  • Stay-at-Home Intervention in the South China Sea

    Stay-at-Home Intervention in the South China Sea

    The new US Secretary of Defense James Matthis this week allayed immediate concerns the US would take military action to deter China in the South China Sea. But the new US administration's defence priorities and capabilities remain unclear amid...

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  • Security Tensions in East Asia

    Security Tensions in East Asia

    East Asia is full of tensions including territorial disputes, military build-up and the legacy of past conflict. As Australia increases its capabilities it should keep watch on developments in Japan and the US and how these impact on the complex...

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  • China is India’s Greatest Strategic Challenge

    China is India’s Greatest Strategic Challenge

    With the world's two most populous nations in close proximity, tensions are bound to arise. Competition between China and India is fierce on economic growth, geopolitical clout and security strategy.  While the border war has receded into...

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  • Colonialism’s Consequences in African Politics

    Colonialism’s Consequences in African Politics

    Since the wave of African independence in the 1950s and 60s, African nations have been forced to deal with the consequences of colonialism. Over the last 10 years this issue has been complicated by the emergence of African jihadism and economic...

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  • Islam and the International Order

    Islam and the International Order

    Islam is sometimes referred to as being incompatibile with the international state system. This belief is based on events such as the 11 September attacks and the emergence of Islamic State. But how much is this belief based on evidence? In...

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  • Mongolia’s World Outlook

    Mongolia’s World Outlook

    Early in 2016, Australia opened its first embassy in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. It signifies closer ties between the two countries, which have some similarities, such as the important role that mining plays in both economies. The importance of...

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  • Australia and the Trump Era

    Australia and the Trump Era

    The Australian alliance with the US is not simply sentimental: it is a transactional arrangement with mutual benefits. If Australia walked away from the alliance, a major rethink of Australia's foreign and defence policy would be required to...

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