• Reaching out to the people of the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      June 6, 2022

    While China woos the leaders of the South Pacific, Australia’s great counter-offer is to the region’s people.

  • The fine art and inexact science of Australian politics

    Graeme Dobell     |      May 23, 2022

    After twenty years of squabbling and inaction by both sides of politics, the 2022 election has surely brought the ‘climate wars’ to a close, but both Labor and the Liberals will have new battles to fight in government and opposition.

  • Panda huggers and dragon slayers

    Graeme Dobell     |      April 26, 2022

    Dazzled by the prospect of economic opportunities, Australia had high hopes for a closer relationship with China at the start of the ‘Asian Century’ but the reality of China’s oppressive, aggressive intentions has forced all but the most craven China apologists to reassess their views.

  • Europe at war

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 29, 2022

    The debate about whether we’re in a new cold war has a decisive, brutal answer with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

  • Murder in uniform

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 15, 2022

    Heartbreaking images of Putin’s war in Ukraine are circulating around Russia as well as the rest of the world. If Putin grinds on, the smartphone war may just deliver regime change in Russia rather than Ukraine.

  • The case for national values

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 9, 2022

    Australia’s leaders need to be idealistic as well as pragmatic in their international dealings, because strong national values are as important as political favours and the economic bottom line.

  • Kick Russia’s kleptocrats in their wallets

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 28, 2022

    Putin runs a ‘rogue mafia state’, having turned Russia into ‘a gas station with nukes,’ in the words of Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, and so the best way to hit the ruling clique is to seize the money they have looted during their self-serving reign.

  • Australia in the Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 14, 2022

    Historian Ian Hoskins’s new book “Australia and the Pacific: a history” offers a sweeping account of Australia’s role in shaping – for good and ill – the current geo-political state of the Pacific.

  • Follow the money in the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      February 1, 2022

    Australia’s ‘Pacific Pivot’ looks to counter the increasing economic, diplomatic and military influence of China in the South Pacific.

  • The peaks and troughs of ANZUS at 70

    Graeme Dobell     |      April 29, 2021

    The defence pact between the USA, Australia and New Zealand will turn 70 this year, but may be more important than ever.

  • Australia’s evolving guarantee to the South Pacific

    Graeme Dobell     |      April 19, 2021

    Australia is strengthening its security guarantees to the Pacific in the light of Chinese expansion, but the region may be taking this protection for granted in terms of their own policies.

  • The end of the old order shakes Australia’s grand strategy

    Graeme Dobell     |      March 5, 2021

    The problem for Australian international policy is that the job we’re focused on is shape-shifting at alarming speed.