• The big lesson from Afghanistan

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 10, 2021

    After the chaotic, violent withdrawal of US, NATO and Australian forces and nations from Afghanistan, it’s time to consider the big lessons for Australia.

  • Darkness falls

    William Maley     |      September 1, 2021

    The Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan is a bitter blow to people in that nation who dreamed of a brighter future under a democratic government.

  • Arvanitakis on American Politics: What can we learn from Afghanistan?

    James Arvanitakis     |      August 28, 2021

    Afghanistan presents all of us with moral, strategic and policy challenges on an international, national, and personal level. Let us hope that world leaders learn from it.

  • Afghanistan’s ex-leaders have no-one to blame but themselves

    Ian Dudgeon     |      August 23, 2021

    While the United States and its western allies have been blamed for the Taliban’s return to power, in truth the blame lies with a succession of weak, corrupt and incompetent Afghan governments over the last 20 years.

  • Helping Afghan refugees

    Claire Higgins     |      August 19, 2021

    Canada is offering to resettle 20,000 Afghan refugees, including women’s leaders and journalists. Why has Australia so far been unwilling to make the same declaration?

  • Lessons from Afghanistan

    Peter Jennings     |      August 18, 2021

    The Taliban takeover in Afghanistan is a tragedy for the millions of Afghans who believed the line that the United States, NATO, Australia and others were there to protect them and give their country a chance of stability.

  • What now for Afghanistan?

    Amin Saikal     |      July 2, 2021

    As Australian and other allied troops finally leave Afghanistan after 20 years of conflict with the Taliban, what does the future hold for that war-torn and battered country?

  • Was it worth it?

    Ian Dudgeon     |      May 30, 2021

    After 20 years of war, western forces, including Australia’s handful of troops, are withdrawing from Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban in control of 60% of the country. Was our deployment worth the costs? Ian Dudgeon says yes.

  • After Afghanistan

    Oved Lobel     |      May 15, 2021

    Against the advice of all of his senior military and intelligence officials, US President Joe Biden has opted to continue the irresponsible policy of his predecessor Donald Trump and fully withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by September, under a deal negotiated directly between the US and the Taliban.