Hello again America, it’s just like you never left

November 14, 2011

“So I don’t think there is any doubt, if there were when this administration began, that the United States is back in Asia. But I want to underscore that we are back to stay.” Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, January 12, 2010. Read more

Syria’s Interlocking Conflicts

November 1, 2011

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces last Friday announced the commencement of an operation to conquer the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.  The operation was designated ‘Euphrates Wrath.’ Read more

Let’s end muddled thinking on China

June 22, 2011

ESCALATING tensions between China and its Southeast Asian neighbours over disputed islands in the South China Sea are the latest, worrying sign that China’s rise is ushering in a new era of strategic volatility and geo-political competition in Asia, that will be at its most dangerous in the Western Pacific. Read more

U.S. Security Interests: Aims and Challenges in an Evolving Asia

April 14, 2011

Sustaining Stability, Coping with Conflict, Building Cooperation?

Except for the problem of North Korea, East Asia has been a region of comparative stability. U.S.-PRC relations have continued a long period of stability despite the frictions that have accompanied China’s rise. Cross-Strait relations have warmed rapidly. U.S.-Japan security ties have remained strong, underpinned by common regional interests and concerns.
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Youthquake in the Middle East

April 6, 2011

They are called shabab — the youth. This young Arab generation, much like the West’s protest generation of the 1960s, will change not just the politics but the entire culture and outlook of the Middle East.

But whereas the baby boomers appropriated the rhetoric of revolution, the shabab are rising up against real authoritarian governments, not just parental tyranny. They fought and won two revolutions, and counting.
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Battle for Power: Iran vs. Turkey in northern Iraq

April 1, 2011

The Iraqi special forces have now entered the first neighborhoods of the city of Mosul. Captured by the Islamic State in the summer of 2014, the city constitutes the jewel in the crown of the Sunni jihadis’ Iraqi holdings. It may be assumed that they will fight with determination to hold it. Read more

No ‘Typical’ Profile

March 10, 2011

There is no question that the predominant terrorism threat facing the United States is al Qaeda-inspired terrorism based on a corrupted interpretation of Islam. Because of this, it may seem obvious for counterterrorism efforts to narrow their focus on Muslims and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries. If it were only that simple.
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Future of food policy must start at home

January 10, 2011

Long accustomed to plentiful and affordable meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, Australians may have to get used to higher prices as the soaring cost of agricultural staples suggests an era of cheap food is coming to an end. Read more