• A farewell to arms?

    John Tilemann     |      April 15, 2024

    With war raging in Ukraine and the Middle East it’s difficult to remember that the international system has accepted growing constraints on interstate use of force in most circumstances.

  • The ugly truth of anti-Zionism

    Suzanne Rutland     |      April 5, 2024

    The protests against Israel’s war on Hamas following the terrorist attack of October 2023 are all too often a thin veneer over the underlying wish to wipe Israel from the map and destroy the Jewish people.

  • Russia after Putin

    Robert Person     |      March 19, 2024

    Vladimir Putin has rubber stamped himself in power for another six years, but at 71 he has no successor, no living rivals and no retirement plan, so his eventual death will set off a vicious power struggle for the ruins of the country he leaves behind.

  • Sparks of light

    Helen Durham     |      March 12, 2024

    The world has seen a surge of violence in recent years, from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to Hamas’ attack on Israel and conflicts in Africa and the Middle East, but even at the worst of times, people can rise to the challenge.

  • Understanding the ASEAN-Australia summit

    Anthony Milner     |      March 7, 2024

    The ASEAN-Australia leaders’ summit in Melbourne offers the opportunity for Australia to embrace ASEAN’s ‘inclusive regionalism’ and the organisation’s centrality in mediating the Indo-Pacific struggle between the great powers.

  • I feel no peace

    Gerhard Hoffstaedter     |      February 24, 2024

    The plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar is often relegated to the small print of the foreign news page, but the suffering of thousands under a brutal military regime and the unwillingness of regional neighbours and international agencies to help them is a continuing stain on the world.

  • Make room, make room

    Jenny Stewart     |      February 20, 2024

    The global human population reached 8.0 billion in mid-November 2022, up from an estimated 2.5 billion people in 1950, adding 1 billion people since 2010 and 2 billion since 1998.

  • He will not die in vain

    Regina Smyth     |      February 17, 2024

    “Listen, I’ve got something very obvious to tell you. You’re not allowed to give up. If they decide to kill me, it means that we are incredibly strong.”

  • Death of a hero

    Alexander Titov     |      February 17, 2024

    Alexei Navalny had the courage to stand up to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and offer Russia a path out of barbarism. His reward was to be persecuted, exiled, poisoned and now die in a Siberian prison.

  • The year of the fake election

    Colin Chapman     |      January 31, 2024

    Eight of the ten most populous countries in the world – Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia and the United States – will hold elections in 2024, but far from celebrating democracy, many of these exercises will merely rubber stamp the governing regime in polls which are neither free nor fair.

  • Where is Alexei Navalny?

    Kevin Riehle     |      December 21, 2023

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is reported to have disappeared from the Russian prison colony in which he has been serving a lengthy sentence for opposing the dictatorship of Vladimir Putin.

  • One man, one vote

    Henry Campbell     |      November 29, 2023

    The ‘election campaign’ in Russia has already begun, but in an authoritarian terror state, there’s truly only one man with one vote.