January, 2018

Trump’s Pakistan challenge

For incoming US presidents, the alliance with Pakistan can seem to be a poisoned chalice. Does Trump’s 3am promise of  “No More!” mean real… Read More

Foreign interference in domestic politics: The nagging theme of 2017

US National Security Adviser HR McMaster’s revelations last week of alleged Russian interference in Mexican elections is a timely reminder to reflect on the… Read More

The 2018 Raisina Dialogue: What significance for Australia?

Geopolitics is back, with hard power as its driving force and the Indo-Pacific its centre stage. These were the key messages to emerge from the… Read More

Why Australia should consider sharing nuclear weapons

The future looks ominous. There are grim warnings that Australia’s strategic situation has worsened dramatically, with major power conflict increasingly likely. Some… Read More

Don’t assume North Korea is happy with the status quo

In an earlier Interpreter article I argued the need for policy makers in the US and elsewhere to consider not only the now well-rehearsed and well-founded… Read More

Sport and diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula

Sport, it would seem, has paved the way for limited but significant diplomatic success on the Korean Peninsula. The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, due to begin… Read More

America’s unending Pakistan predicament

As political developments in Pakistan gather steam following Nawaz Sharif’s dismissal and the unfolding military’s schema for “mainstreaming” the Jihadi and sectarian groups, US-Pakistan ties… Read More

Ambedkar and Du Bois on pursuing rights protections globally

Therefore, Peoples of the World, we American Negroes appeal to you … No nation is so great that the world can afford to let it… Read More

Diplomacy on the doorstep: Australia’s equivocal Indonesian relationship

With close to 300 million people, and a GDP that for the first time last year hit USD$1 trillion, Australia has been quick to take… Read More

Australian connection shows North Korea’s global web of strength

The arrest on 16 December of alleged North Korean agent Choi Han Chan on charges under the Commonwealth Weapons of Mass Destruction Act underscores the… Read More