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The end of the national interest

Politicians are fond of talking about ‘the national interest’. It’s not hard to see why. There’s nothing quite like a vigorous defence of Australian interests to unite a disaffected and disengaged electorate…

Asia’s uneasy alliances

China’s decision to declare a maritime air defence zone over disputed waters in the East China Sea in late November, together with the more recent response of Japan and South Korea, is both alarming and…

Japan could be a force for stability

Even the Abbott government’s harshest critics would have to concede that when it comes to foreign policy, at least, they’ve been a bit unlucky. The Chinese government’s decision to suddenly up the ante…
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Does China know what it’s doing?

How times change. Only a couple of years ago, China watchers were preoccupied with its ‘charm offensive’ as China’s policymakers worked overtime to assure traditionally nervous neighbours that its rise…
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Rudd’s foreign policy legacy

Most of the commentary about Kevin Rudd since his resignation has focused on his domestic impact and the internecine power struggles that were such a feature of his time in politics. Understandable as…

Russell Brand, political theorist

British comic Russell Brand has gained further notoriety of late, but not for the usual reasons. His recent interview with Jeremy Paxman, the too-clever-by-half doyen of television interviewers, has gone…
US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal on a recent visit to the Middle East. EPA/STR

The geopolitics of fracking

When US Secretary of State John Kerry made his most recent visit to the Middle East, he made a special point of visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure the kingdom’s ageing rulers that the US still sees them…