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Lu Kang, spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, speaks to reporters about the international tribunal's ruling on the South China Sea during a news briefing in Beijing. Photo: AP

South China Sea ruling a test for our patchwork global order

14 July 2016

The arbitral tribunal convened under Part XV of the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention has found that China’s claimed historic rights in the South China Sea, enshrined in its nine-dash...

NATO Summit: Collective defence and nuclear deterrence

14 July 2016

When the NATO heads of state and government convened in Wales in 2014 following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, their meeting was widely heralded as historic; yet it is likely that last week’s Warsaw...

USS Carl Vinson sailing through the South China Sea. Image from Flickr, courtesy of US Pacific Fleet.

Washington welcome as China flexes muscle in Southeast Asia’s waters

12 July 2016

America needs to deepen and sustain its strategic interests in Southeast Asia in response to a strong regional demand for a robust American presence, especially in light of China’s growing military,...

Asylum seekers detained in the Manu regional processing centre. Photo: Andrew Meares

Money, manipulation and misunderstanding on Manus Island

5 July 2016

Last month, trauma expert Paul Stevenson told the Guardian that the “atrocity” of Australia’s offshore asylum-seeker processing regime on Manus Island and Nauru was the worst he’d seen in...

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping. AFP. Aly Song

The Brexit effect on global security

29 June 2016

The ramifications of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union extend beyond turmoil in the financial markets to very serious and far-reaching effects on global security, writes John Blaxland...

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South China Sea: After the Hague ruling, what's next?

28 June 2016

Two scenarios are possible: China ignores the ruling and carries on as before. Or an irate Beijing escalates the tension in the region, calling Washington’s bluff. Any day now the Permanent...

UN Security Council. Image courtesy of Zack Lee on Flickr.

The South China Sea: next stop the UN Security Council?

30 May 2016

All the signs indicate that China is preparing to reject the anticipated adverse judgment of the Permanent Court of Arbitration on the South China Sea. The Philippines is arguing that China is acting...

Tracks in the sand.

Australian strategy has a TINA problem

26 May 2016

In 1983 Bob Hawke and his new Treasurer Paul Keating came to office promising to resist radical changes to Australia’s economic system. Hawke’s election pitch had recognised the economy was in bad...

Collins Class submarine in Sydney Harbour. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.

Submarines: defence analysts say much to learn from Collins class submarines

27 April 2016

Thirty years after the Collins class ‘dud subs’ were built, and 20 years since they hit the water, defence analysts warn Australia should pay close attention while building their replacements and...

Japan says Australia's decision to go elsewhere for submarines 'deeply regrettable'. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Day Donaldson.says

‘Deeply regrettable’: Japan sidelined as Australia awards submarine contract to France

27 April 2016

France has beat competition from Germany and Japan to win a Aus$50 billion (US$39 billion) contract to design and build Australia’s next generation of submarines, in a decision Tokyo called ‘deeply...

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