John Blaxland

ANU media and outreach awards

The work of College of Asia and the Pacific academics at bringing their research to wider public attention was recognised last Wednesday at the 2015 ANU Medi

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.

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck-borne terror

The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July.

Fourty years of ASIO's unclassified history

Dr John Blaxland takes us through 40 years of Australian spy history, from KGB moles in ASIO to political activism in the 60s to the sophistication of espionage.

Jakarta pressures Julie Bishop on Papua

Indonesia has asked Australia to caution its Pacific Island neighbours against interfering in the West Papua issue and to urge them to withdraw support for West Papuan membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, warning that the issue could pose a “stumbling block” to closer ­bilateral ties.

Official ASIO history says it was penetrated by foreign spies

An official history of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation has conceded it was penetrated by Soviet agents during the latter half of the Cold War, confirming suspicions held for decades about why the domestic spy agency struggled against Communist targets.

Politics podcast: John Blaxland on The Secret Cold War - The Official History of ASIO

In the third volume of The Official History of ASIO series, historians Dr John Blaxland and Dr Rhys Crawley examine the organisation’s role in the years leading to the end of the Cold War.

Thailand mourns death of King Bhumibol Adulyade aged 88

The King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyade has died overnight raising questions about how the south east Asian nation will react to the loss of its long serving monarch.

Seventeen years on, East Timor intervention remains a success

Australia's involvement in the liberation of East Timor, a mission launched on September 20, 1999, was the most decisive demonstration of Australian influence in the region since World War II, and the nation's largest military deployment since the Vietnam War. Australian diplomacy and leadership shaped the events that led to the birth of Asia's newest nation.

It's time for a new intelligence review

It has been five years since the release of the Independent Review of the Intelligence Community (or IRIC). Why do we need another review now?

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