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    Reading Room: Return to Moscow
    Mar23

    Reading Room: Return to Moscow

    Given Russia’s return to the world stage in the Caucasus, in Ukraine and in Syria, plus the allegations of involvement in Trump’s election victory, it is timely to have a new analysis of Putin’s Russia. Tony Kevin, a former Australian diplomat, has written an interesting book, part political defence of Putin and part travelogue,...

    The Illusion of Military Victory in Syria
    Mar02

    The Illusion of Military Victory in Syria

    This week, Russia again used its veto to protect Syria from UN Security Council chemical weapons sanctions. While Russia’s involvement in Aleppo has emboldened Bashar al-Assad, Putin’s agreement with Turkey over a border buffer zone calls into question the viability of the Syrian regime. Last December the men, women and children of...

    Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia
    Feb22

    Dancing with the Bear: Trump and Russia

    Trump’s campaign and presidency have been dogged by allegations of Russian collusion; the latest reports suggest that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have received plans for lifting sanctions on Russia from Trump’s lawyer before the election. If genuine alignment is possible, what would Russo-American foreign policy...

    Is Cyber Terrorism a Threat?
    Feb21

    Is Cyber Terrorism a Threat?

    Recent cyberattacks and hacks in America and Ukraine have exposed the vulnerability of some of the world’s most sophisticated cyber-security networks. But what do we know about cyber-terrorism, and how real is the threat to Australia? The public imagination has been captured by the idea of terrorists potentially causing a massive loss of...

    Is Cyber Terrorism a Threat?
    Feb21

    Is Cyber Terrorism a Threat?

    Recent cyberattacks and hacks in America and Ukraine have exposed the vulnerability of some of the world’s most sophisticated cyber-security networks. But what do we know about cyber-terrorism, and how real is the threat to Australia? The public imagination has been captured by the idea of terrorists potentially causing a massive loss of...

    The Soviet Union’s Long Shadow
    Feb02

    The Soviet Union’s Long Shadow

    In the 25 years since the collapse of the USSR, the West’s relations with the largest nation on Earth have once again slowly grown sour. Looking back to the mistakes that spawned today’s Russia may hold the key to explaining and overcoming the most recent animosities. August 1991 was never going to be another lazy, summer month when...

    Australia-NATO Cooperation and Trump
    Jan19

    Australia-NATO Cooperation and Trump

    The closing months of 2016 provided ample fodder for sceptics of the future of NATO, as well as critics of the Australian relationship with the Atlantic alliance. The questions about NATO come at a time of unstable global security, amid ongoing tensions with Russia and the uncertainty of the Trump presidency. What does this mean for Australian...

    European Security: Has Trump Reshuffled the Cards?
    Jan05

    European Security: Has Trump Reshuffled the Cards?

    “I think NATO may be obsolete.” When Donald Trump, the next president of the United States, spoke these words during the campaign, he most likely had only a vague idea of how he would act upon them. But one thing is certain: if he made the statement, it is because he knew it to be a vote-winner. And win he did. Has his election reshuffled the...

    A Lukewarm Hot Springs Summit in Japan
    Dec22

    A Lukewarm Hot Springs Summit in Japan

    Russian President Vladimir Putin held all the cards in the Kuril Islands negotiations with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 15-16 December. Amid a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape there were advances, but those who expected that the two leaders would, at one stroke, resolve the decades-old territorial dispute, were disappointed. Putin...

    Lukewarm on Putin-Abe Hot Springs Summit
    Dec21

    Lukewarm on Putin-Abe Hot Springs Summit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin held all the cards in the Kuril Islands negotiations with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 15-16 December. Amid a rapidly changing geopolitical landscape there were advances, but those who expected that the two leaders would, at one stroke, resolve the decades-old territorial dispute, were disappointed. Putin...

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