The recent conflict in Mexico between police and drug cartels has again demonstrated that the monopoly of violence is not in the hands of the government. In the past two decades, cartel operations and violence have expanded despite attempts to limit and quash their growth.
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Centring First Nations Within Australian Foreign Policy
Gerasimov’s Appointment to Command Russian Forces in Ukraine.
There are many reasons for changes to the top command of the Russian "special operation in Ukraine," among them an institutionalised negligence that may be too entrenched to remove. Whatever his capabilities, the new leader will find it as difficult as the last to achieve what is increasingly looking like the impossible.
Australia’s Foreign Relations Act 2020 and Protection for Internationalised Investor-State Contracts in Australia
The passing of Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Act 2020 (the “Act”) targeting foreign arrangements (such as the Framework Agreement between Victoria and China) may fall foul of established international commercial law. This potentially exposes Australia to claims from aggrieved parties.
Australia Needs to Think Beyond China About Data Security
Sweden’s NATO Accession Threatened by Quran Burning
The War in Ukraine and the Future of Global Collective Security
War and Peace
In The Gathering Storm, his memoir of the origins of World War II, Winston Churchill, war correspondent and later Britain’s wartime leader, wrote that at the end of the Great War of 1914-1918, there was a deep and almost universal hope that peace would reign. Are we entering a similar delusion?
Indonesia Acknowledges Past Human Rights Violations, but Justice for Victims Remains Elusive
On 11 January 2023, the Indonesian president made international headlines when he acknowledged that several cases of gross human rights violations had occurred in Indonesia since the 1960s. He expressed regret that these atrocities had occurred and indicated he would initiate compensation for the victims of the state-sanctioned violence.