Obama’s message while in Vietnam and Japan may be twofold.
Beneath the usual pomp and circumstance of Obama's weeklong visit to Asia lies a clear message for aggressors in the region. An East Asia expert from UC Berkeley reads between the lines.
Heading in the opposite direction?
Sino-Japanese rivalry might well come to dominate this year's G7 and G20.
Just when you might have thought the Philippines was on the mend, morbid symptoms of untreated problems re-emerge. It really shouldn’t be this way. It may seem hard to believe in retrospect, but in the…
Modi rallies the troops in Assam.
Four Indian states will soon decide just how strong Narendra Modi's government will be.
The Japanese bid to build Australia’s new fleet of submarines was unsuccessful.
The decision on who would build Australia’s next generation of submarines carried just as much anticipation in Japan as it did in Australia.
On the trail in Quezon City, east of Manila.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
He's a womaniser, a tyrant and a firebrand. Will the Philippines put its support behind a controversial strongman?
The Cu Chi tunnels may be the most popular of the ‘war tourism’ attractions in Vietnam.
Might the rise of heritage tourism and the increasing ease of international travel lead to more of Australia’s military experiences overseas being better understood?
The adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
The Coalition government has moved to rapidly alter the balance of Australia’s foreign policy spending.
A reduced aid budget equates to the forsaking of real opportunities in foreign policy terms. In the long term, this could make the savings look miniscule compared to opportunity costs.
Japan is believed to be winning the race to build Australia’s new submarine fleet.
The principal consequence of Australia's inevitable but little-debated decision to acquire submarines is to contribute to a rapidly escalating regional arms race.
Before European imperialism fatally undermined China’s own dynastic system, it was customary for China’s neighbours to acknowledge its dominance by sending tribute missions to the imperial court. While…
Under Xi Jingping, the Chinese government has arrested and detained hundreds of lawyers, activists and government critics.
It is important for Australia that messages on human rights in Geneva are backed up with strong and unequivocal public and private action when Malcolm Turnbull visits China.
Hard to get.
Morphine pills image via www.shutterstock.com.
Why are so many people in dire need of pain relief unable to access the powerful painkillers that are so commonly prescribed in the United States?
Defence Minister Marise Payne is still to announce who will build Australia’s next generation of submarines.
The defence white paper is silent on where Australia's new fleet of 12 submarines will be acquired.
Defence diplomacy will not substantially transform the overall picture of Asia’s ongoing political cleavages.
The coming defence white paper presents an opening for the Turnbull government to place its stamp on national security priorities and to align planning and policy settings with its strategic vision.
US President Barack Obama is about to play host to the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While this motley collection of autocrats, kleptocrats, and even some democrats will…
Philip Ruddock attracted the ire of human rights activists for his actions as a minister in the Howard government.
As Australia’s special envoy for human rights, Philip Ruddock will have the chance to change the world instead of listening to other people make suggestions about how it might be done.
The need for a solution to e-waste disposal is more urgent than ever.
Melbourne Airport’s 24-hour operation gives it a special advantage over Sydney.
New aircraft and growing business and tourist links are helping Melbourne outpace Sydney in attracting Asian visitors.
China and Japan don’t get on. This is a problem for them and for the rest of the world given their economic and strategic importance. It hasn’t always been this way, though. Japan once acknowledged China’s…