More Sinned Against than Sinning: Russia and the West
Interview with Tony Kevin
For centuries Russia has faced threat of invasion from bygone European empires, encroachment from new Western alliances and accusations of hostile meddling. Today, Russia's resurrected global aspirations and its place in the Asia-Pacific mean it...
Regional Diplomacy Vital to Secure Melanesian Arc
Interview with HE Yogesh Punja
The threat climate change poses to security is felt most acutely in the low-lying islands of the Melanesian Arc. Rising tides and erratic weather patterns are jeopardising the area's food supply and overall habitability. States in the region...
Is the Clock Ticking Down to Nuclear Doomsday?
Interview with Dr Trevor Findlay
Citing the rise of strident nationalism globally and President Trump's disturbing comments on nuclear proliferation, this year atomic scientists moved the Doomsday Clock forward to two and a half minutes to midnight. Not since the Cold War have...
Australia’s Strategic Triage
Interview with Dr Adam Lockyer
With tensions in the South China Sea rising, prioritising regional defence strategy goals is more important than ever. Australia's approach must capitalise on the nation's strategic position in the Indo-Pacific Arc—an important buffer zone...
Liberating Mosul and Reclaiming Iraq
Interview with HE 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...