Feb 7, 2013

Turning China into an enemy

The rise in tensions over disputed claims to islands and rocky outcrops in the South China Sea has the potential to harm the interests of Australia.

Jan 12, 2013

Failures of governance spawned the rape crisis

The shock waves from the pack-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi continue to reverberate in India and around the world. The pathology of rape is not rooted in local culture. A nation does not rise in collective revulsion at normal ...

Dec 19, 2012

Boxed in, Japan swings right

Henry Kissinger once famously remarked that a great power does not retreat forever. This is a particularly apt comment on China’s and South Korea’s contributions to the outcome of last weekend’s elections in Japan. The domestic causes and consequences of the massive swing back ...

Dec 5, 2012

The reality of R2P and POC

As Australia prepares to assume its two-year seat on the U.N. Security Council from Jan. 1, it will either have to react to, or may well decide to actively promote, the cause of protecting civilians caught in harm’s way in contemporary armed conflicts. Either ...

Sep 24, 2012

Leadership for a nuclear weapons-free world

In a world beset by many grave problems that threaten to unleash a perfect storm at short notice, many people bemoan the dearth of responsible and high-quality leadership to point the way forward to a more prosperous, peaceful and just future. Yesterday’s leaders may ...

Sep 11, 2012

Let posterity see how the Iraq war was created

When the Iraq War Inquiry Group (of which I am a member) issued a public call for an inquiry into the decision-making that lay behind Australia’s participation in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, members of the then-Howard government dismissed it in effect as yesterday’s ...