Russia

Prospects for the Rules-Based Global Order

The two-decade period of United States post-Cold War predominance is now over, and an era of greater multipolarity has begun.

Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia today

Throughout the Cold War Paul Dibb worked with the highest levels of Australian and American intelligence, and was one of very few Australian officials to be given the top-secret security clearance

Inside the Wilderness of Mirrors: Australia and the Threat from the Soviet Union in the Cold War and Russia Today

Paul Dibb’s book is a unique Cold War memoir that gives insights into how Australia saw the threat from the Soviet Union in terms of both national intelligence assessments and ASIO’s operations against the Soviet Embassy. It reveals the crucial importance of the US-Australian base at Pine Gap for monitoring Soviet military communications and why it was Moscow’s nuclear target. And he sets out how close the Soviet Union was to nuclear war with America in 1983.

Missile defence for Australia? Expensive and probably not wise

Following the most recent tests by North Korea of a missile that might be able to hit Alaska, the prospect of a direct threat to Australia from the Kim regime is exciting the Australian defence debate.

Trump—channelling George Kennan, eight decades on

"In his blustering, bumbling way, Trump may be fulfilling the long held ambition of George Kennan on the world order. And while the transition is risky, it may ultimately be for the best.", writes Andrew Carr.

Saving the INF treaty: why China should join

Russia’s violation of the 1987 INF Treaty raises a serious problem for the Treaty regime.

Assertive China and re-emergent Russia loom large strategically

With the release of the defence white paper two disturbing trends are looming in Australia’s strategic environment: the increasingly assertive stance of China and Russia’s re-emergence as a military power.

Obama calls for calm in Russia-Turkey feud

US President Barack Obama is pushing for a 'de-escalation' of a furious war of words over Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane, a White House official says.Obama called on Monday for an easing of inflamed tensions between the countries in a closed-door meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a climate summit in Paris, the official said.

A victory for Russia

Vladimir Putin will see the Ukraine ceasefire agreement as a reward for his brinkmanship and a vindication of his strategy, writes Mathew Davies.

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