• The puzzles of a post-American world

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 20, 2019

    Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ policy is a declaration that the hegemon is declining back to the status of normal big power, worried more about itself than the nature of the international system. Far from making America great again, Donald Trump is the first President of the post-American world.

  • Imagining Australia’s South Pacific family

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 6, 2019

    What is needed for Australia to step up engagement in the Pacific island region is a sure-footed approach that is based on a firm footing of mutual respect and partnership.

  • Second track diplomacy could calm Asia’s power struggles

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 26, 2018

    Australia must be nimble and smart as it adheres to the US alliance to ensure its security in the region while simultaneously looking towards Asia on economic and trade issues. Informal second track diplomacy offers a way to negotiate the rocky path ahead.

  • The new era of great-power competition in the Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 11, 2018

    The first strategic priority for Australia in the Indo-Pacific is to manage great-power competition. And the central trend of that competition is China’s rapidly growing challenge to US dominance.

  • The purposes of the Pacific pivot

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 4, 2018

    A ‘Pacific pivot’ that can marry Australia’s strategic needs with the fundamental needs of Pacific peoples will be a policy which benefits all stakeholders and so ensure enduring results.

  • On the side of the angels?

    Graeme Dobell     |      October 9, 2018

    Nations are never angelic, but in these fraught and disruptive times, the smart national interest should be to stand on the side of the angels.

  • Countering China’s challenge in the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      October 3, 2018

    Australia is taking an increasingly firm line to maintain its interests in the South Pacific to counter the growing economic, political and military challenge from an ever more assertive China.

  • Journalism, international affairs and the new information order

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 30, 2018

    The world still needs good journalism but the gatekeeping role which journalists and editors once played is in ruins.

  • The strength of soft power

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 3, 2018

    Soft power is a slow-growing asset, as much the product of a society as the possession of a government. But, as a twittering US president shows, destroying trust and burning a nation’s soft power can be done with awful speed.

  • The hard part of soft power

    Graeme Dobell     |      August 13, 2018

    Australia used ‘soft power’ to enhance its regional interests long before the term was invented, but how should DFAT reassert its ability to control the narrative within the machinery of government itself?

  • We should speak for ourselves in the Asia-Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      July 10, 2018

    The Australian government’s rethink on Asia–Pacific journalism must be matched by a revived and renewed ABC focus on international broadcasting in its widest sense.

  • Fake news and weaponised media

    Graeme Dobell     |      July 3, 2018

    Media shams and shonky shamans are nothing new; going digital merely speeds the effect and widens their reach.