• China’s southward march has little historical foundation

    Philip Bowring     |      October 14, 2019

    There’s little basis in history or economics for China’s claim to hegemony over the South China Sea or beyond, however much it expands its modern navy.

  • Navigating global uncertainties in Australia’s back yard

    Martin Parkinson     |      October 8, 2019

    Intensifying great power rivalry in Asia and the Pacific poses an increasing risk to regional prosperity and Australia and its neighbours must step up to strengthen collective leadership.

  • Morrison warns against ‘negative globalism’

    Michelle Grattan     |      October 5, 2019

    Delivering the Lowy Lecture, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.

  • The minnow embraces the whale

    Anouk Ride     |      October 5, 2019

    The Solomon Islands’ embrace of China may bring economic benefits but it also increases the risks of local conflict and the challenges faced by donors from democratic nations.

  • Russia and China’s different tacks on information warfare

    Jake Wallis     |      September 30, 2019

    Both Russia and China use social media and propaganda to subvert democratic nations, but they go about their task in different ways.

  • Australia fronts up at the U.N.

    Genevieve Feely     |      September 24, 2019

    Although most eyes in Australia have been on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s visit to Washington to meet with US President Donald Trump, it’s not the only game in town.

  • The Saudi oil strike shows the new way of war

    Malcolm Davis     |      September 20, 2019

    Australia’s defence planners must learn the lessons the attack on Abqaiq teach us about the risks of sticking with traditional mindsets and maintaining old paradigms in the face of rapid changes in warfare.

  • Arvanitakis on American politics: The third Democratic debate

    James Arvanitakis     |      September 14, 2019

    The latest televised debate between challengers for the Democrat ticket produced some heated exchanges on healthcare, immigration, Donald Trump and other hot button issues, but will it shift voting intentions?

  • Boris on the ropes

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2019

    Boris Johnson’s previously unshakeable public persona has been tainted by the tawdry Brexit spectacle, and he could potentially be the shortest surviving UK prime minister since 1827.

  • Britain left bereft by Brexit

    Graeme Dobell     |      September 10, 2019

    Whatever sort of Britain emerges from the other side of Brexit, it’ll have a reduced role and reputation in Europe and perhaps the world.

  • A century on: remembering the Australians who fought in the Russian Civil War

    David Sutton     |      September 8, 2019

    The Russian Civil War killed as many as 10 million people and the Bolshevik victory gave a bloody birth to the Soviet state. Small numbers of Western forces fought the communists, including a handful of Australians in the wake of the Great War.

  • Bringing Hong Kong back from the brink

    Keith Richburg     |      September 3, 2019

    Hong Kong’s current crisis is the result of the absence of politics. The chief executive and the cabinet were never elected, are unrepresentative and do not have to answer to ordinary Hong Kongers. Average citizens also feel they have no stake in a leadership system that ignores their needs, serves mostly the wealthy elite, and is answerable only to Beijing.