United States

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

Treading a fine line between voicing concerns and building bridges with China

Even a cursory reading reveals a number of noteworthy aspects of the newly released White Paper. First, compared with the previous two white papers on… Read More

How to fix America’s North Korea strategic failures

North Korea has the initiative. It is now firing rockets over the Japanese home islands and has seemingly tested a hydrogen bomb weapon. Read More

It’s dangerous to indulge Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s latest missile test is part of a broader strategy to showcase the growing reach of its weapons of mass destruction. This highly destabilising… Read More

The unacceptable dangers of accepting a nuclear North Korea

The crisis on the Korean Peninsula has for the first time introduced an element of confusion over the strategic goal pursued by the US and… Read More

How Australia should react to the Trump tax cuts

President Donald Trump has proposed cutting the US corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% and ending the practice of taxing the foreign income… Read More

America’s new alliance management

The Trump administration has embraced a new, reductionist approach to managing its alliances. James Mattis, on his first visit to Europe as secretary of defence,… Read More

Why Australia and Japan need a Plan B

Concern over the possible decline of US power and the resilience of its commitment to underwriting security in Asia is not new. In the post-1945… Read More

The 2 percent NATO benchmark is a red herring

The usefulness of America’s allies was severely questioned during Donald Trump’s election campaign. Allies were presented as costing America a considerable amount and giving little… Read More

Advance Australia where?

The report in the Washington Post that President Donald Trump berated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the refugee settlement deal and angrily ended their phone… Read More