• Bullies, not victims

    Robert Frost     |      April 4, 2022

    Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is the latest in a series of acts of naked aggression by Russian rulers against the country’s neighbours, motivated by grand imperial claims and a self-pitying narrative of victimhood.

  • Putin’s revanchist excuses for going to war

    Paul Dibb     |      April 3, 2022

    What are the causes of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine and why have they created Europe’s most serious conflict since World War II? The answer is in the mind of President Vladimir Putin, the only person in today’s Russia with the authority to go to war.

  • Russia’s troops are on the run

    Natasha Lindstaedt     |      April 3, 2022

    Russia’s well armed but poorly motivated troops have been mauled by spirited Ukrainian resistance, with reports of desertions mounting – alongside evidence of dreadful atrocities against civilians as they retreat.

  • Could a palace coup oust Putin?

    Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom     |      April 3, 2022

    With no democratic means to remove Vladimir Putin from power, and the ruthless suppression of protests on the streets, could a palace coup offer the only way to eject the architect of Russia’s disastrous invasion of Ukraine?

  • Sending Bushmasters would prove support for Ukraine

    Marcus Hellyer     |      April 2, 2022

    Sending Australian Bushmasters to Ukraine will be a highly visible demonstration that the world is watching and supporting the fight against Russia, a symbol as important as any military capability they will provide.

  • Putin’s people – How the KGB took back Russia then took on the West

    John West     |      April 2, 2022

    Catherine Belton’s book “Putin’s People” explains how the Russian dictator and his KGB cronies snuffed out democracy in Russia and began to rebuild the Soviet Empire to entrench themselves in power.

  • Russia’s way out – Putin must go

    Bob Ford     |      April 1, 2022

    Adding to the bounty on Putin’s arrest or assassination would be another way to ramp up pressure on Russia’s dictator, and might just offer the easiest end to his bloody campaign in Ukraine.

  • A giant among pygmies

    Rowan Nicholson     |      April 1, 2022

    The power of Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s address to the Australian parliament underlined his growing international stature, and offered a sharp contrast with the petty personalities and politics in Australia’s domestic political scene.

  • Russia’s war has lessons for the ADF

    David Feeney     |      April 1, 2022

    The success of Ukraine’s spirited but limited armed forces against the supposed might of the Russian invaders offers lessons for Australia’s own defence forces.

  • Zelensky needs more than applause from Australia

    Michael Shoebridge     |      March 31, 2022

    President Zelensky and the heroes of Ukraine are fighting for freedom on behalf of us all, and they need real help to resist Russia’s band of thugs, vandals and murderers, rather than the usual mix of platitudes and empty gestures.

  • A red line in Ukraine

    Kevin James     |      March 31, 2022

    There is no risk-free option for dealing with an expansionist and tyrannical nuclear power, but imposing a ‘no atrocities’ red line for Ukraine offers the best prospect of both preventing a second Holodomor and minimising the long-run risk of nuclear war.

  • Russia’s road to defeat

    Adrian McKenzie     |      March 29, 2022

    The Russian soldier is Putin’s weak point. Squeeze him until he surrenders or send him home wounded or in a body bag, to deliver the message the Russian people aren’t getting from their state-run media: Get out of Ukraine!