Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq
Interview with Dr Hussain Al-Ameri
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...
Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia
Interview with Dr John Besemeres
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...
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...
Stay-at-Home Intervention in the South China Sea
Interview with Dr Amy Searight
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...
Security Tensions in East Asia
Interview with Marine Colonel (Rtd) Grant Newsham
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...
China is India’s Greatest Strategic Challenge
Interview with Dhruva Jaishankar
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...
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...
Islam and the International Order
Interview with Professor James Piscatori
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...
Mongolia’s World Outlook
Interview with Lundeg Purevsuren
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...
Australia and the Trump Era
Interview with The Hon Kim Beazley AC FAIIA
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...