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How will U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis handle America’s “Forever War’? Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP

Afghanistan is now officially James Mattis’ war

Donald Trump's speech on "principled realism" in Afghanistan contained few surprises. Now, under the aegis of DOD chief Mattis it is the latest stage in America’s "forever war."
Merkel consider her options after meeting with Trump on May 26, 2017, in Italy. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Trump to Europe: You’re on your own

For more than seven decades, US presidents have encouraged peace in Europe. Trump seems eager to toss that legacy aside. Here's what is at stake.
On June 1, 2017, Donald Trump announced that the United States is leaving the Paris climate accord. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

The end of America’s global leadership?

American presidents have spent a great deal of time proclaiming US leadership of the global system. The decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement undermines much of what they have said.
Malcolm Turnbull visits the memorial at the Resolute Support Mission HQ Kabul, Afghanistan. 40 Australians have so far been killed in the long-running conflict. AAP/pool

We should not commit combat troops to the Afghanistan conflict – here’s why

Given the number of deaths and casualties in the long-running conflict, Australia needs to think carefully before committing more soldiers to a role that goes beyond training and support.

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