Commentary / World Feb 6, 2015

Limiting the Security Council's veto power

In the lead-up to the commemoration of this year's 70th anniversary of the U.N., the French government is again pursuing the idea of getting the five permanent members of the Security Council to agree to refrain from using their veto power when dealing with ...

Commentary / World Jan 13, 2015

Keeping the peace in East Asia

If World War III ever breaks out, its origins will not lie in the Middle East, South Asia or Eastern Europe. It will be in East Asia — where the strategic interests of China, the United States and their respective partners intersect.

Commentary / World Sep 23, 2010

Thinking in Tehran suggests West overplaying nuclear fears

MELBOURNE, Australia — Is Iran hellbent on becoming a nuclear-armed state? Or will it settle for nuclear capability, able to make weapons but choosing not to? Does that matter? Few international questions involve higher stakes than these. An immediate concern, if deep pessimism about Iran's ...

Commentary / World Aug 7, 2010

Time to take nuclear disarmament seriously

MELBOURNE — People sometimes forget that the boy who cried wolf ended up being eaten. True, nobody has been killed by a nuclear weapon since the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 65 years ago this month. And, with Cold War tensions long past, it is ...