• Pacific

    China’s Pacific offensive


    Justin Bassi |  May 29, 2022


    China is looking to sign another 10 ‘security’ agreements with Pacific states in the wake of its controversial deal with the Solomons, tightening its grip on the region despite Australia’s best efforts to stem the tide.


  • Defence and Security

    How Sweden will strengthen NATO


    Owen Greene |  May 29, 2022


    Based largely on home-grown technology, Sweden’s modern, powerful and well trained armed forces will bolster NATO’s power in the Baltic where an aggressive Russia has been threatening the Baltic states for years.


  • China

    How China backed Russia’s lies on Ukraine


    Samantha Hoffman |  May 29, 2022


    Beijing’s amplification of Kremlin propaganda over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows how the Chinese Communist Party works to undermine Western democracy, subvert international order and erode respect for truth itself to promote its own political power.


Latest Story

  • Russia’s reign of thieves

    Tony Ward     |      May 28, 2022

    The pernicious effects of decades of authoritarianism and endemic corruption have been vividly on display during Russia’s botched invasion of Ukraine.

  • Ukraine’s heroism may help save Taiwan

    Kacie Miura     |      May 28, 2022

    Ukraine is not the only peaceful, democratic country menaced by a much larger, authoritarian aggressor. If Russia had strolled to an easy victory in Ukraine, China would surely have been emboldened to attack Taiwan, but the combination of fierce resistance and international support may make even President Xi think twice.

  • Africa fails the Ukraine challenge

    Nicholas Westcott     |      May 28, 2022

    Few African countries have condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, so there may be little sympathy for nations on the continent who feel the rippling effects of the war.

  • Why Ukraine looks west

    Lowell Barrington     |      May 27, 2022

    Vladimir Putin assumed his tanks would roll across Ukraine in three days, presenting a weak and divided west with a fait accompli, but far from strengthening his grip on Europe, Putin has inflamed sentiment against him and ensured Ukraine’s attachment to the West.

  • Julia Gillard on pandemic health lessons

    Yolande Hutchinson     |      May 27, 2022

    Julia Gillard argues that Australia can use the lessons learnt over the past two years to emerge as a healthier and fairer society.

  • How the media lost the election

    Denis Muller     |      May 27, 2022

    While the Murdoch press campaigned stridently for Morrison, the rest of the media failed to cover the election properly, focusing on meaningless photo-ops with the leaders rather than the issues they didn’t want to talk about – such as climate change, integrity, local concerns and women’s issues.

  • The myths that unite and divide us

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 26, 2022

    Humans are social animals, and the myths, symbols and ideologies we create and share help groups define themselves and maintain internal cohesion. However these myths can impede progress and create animosity between groups as well.

  • Putin forces the world to take sides

    Tanja Börzel     |      May 26, 2022

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and China’s growing aggression in Asia and the Pacific may soon force the rest of the world to take sides in an ideological, economic and perhaps military confrontation between freedom and tyranny.

  • Tabi on racial matters: Don’t ignore your culturally diverse employees

    Gloria Tabi     |      May 26, 2022

    The federal election result showed the importance of diversity in politics as well as business to reflect the increasingly multi-cultural nature of Australia.

  • On the brink of the singularity

    Alan Stevenson     |      May 25, 2022

    The increasing sophistication of hardware and software to augment our capabilities is beginning to blur the boundaries between man and machine, raising a host of physical possibilities and ethical questions.

  • After the floods

    Cecilia Duong     |      May 25, 2022

    While populations around the globe have dealt with the effect of floods for millennia, climate change is now bringing bigger and more extreme storms and flood events to Australia.

  • The battle for ideas will shape new global order

    Stephen Nagy     |      May 25, 2022

    The world has a choice to make between the freedom and democracy offered by the West and the aggressive authoritarianism of Russia and China.