alliances

Is the time right for Australia and Japan to become formal allies?

Should Australia and Japan sign a defence treaty to challenge China’s military rise? Luke Courtois argues that such a move would send a very poor signal to China, destabilising an already tense Asia-Pacific region.

Is 'Manis' the sweet deal that brings Australia & Indonesia together?

Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia featured prominently 75 years ago for Australia when our troops deployed and fought there in the Pacific War. We do well to commemorate their efforts and the losses suffered, notably with Indonesian President Joko Widodo visiting Australia last month.

A global role smashed by US voters

Now we know. For 20 years Australians have been happy to assume that America had the strength and resolve to remain the world's leading power. In particular, our leaders have assured us that we can rely on America's power and judgment to manage China's rise, to keep Asia stable and Australia safe. But now we know that America is not the country we thought it was.

Bilateralism, Multilateralism and Asia-Pacific Security: Contending Cooperation

William T. Tow and Brendan Taylor, eds, Bilateralism, Multilateralism and Asia-Pacific Security: Contending Cooperation, Abingdon: Routledge, 2013.

Principle of self-reliance more important now than it has ever been

Relying on our allies to keep us safe is unwise, so Marise Payne's white paper needs to set out a plan to bolster our own defences.

Will a Turnbull government mean a new foreign policy for Australia?

There has been speculation that Australia’s recent change in prime minister from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull will mean a shift in Australia’s choice of policy.

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