AUSTRALIA AND U.S. “JOINED AT THE HIP”: WHERE’S THE BENEFIT?

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19 September 2017

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being “joined at the hip” to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official Opposition Labor Party. To all practical intents and purposes the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party are indistinguishable on matters of defence, foreign policy and national security. Continue reading

North Korea and the UN Sanctions Merry Go Round

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15 September 2017

On 11 September 2017 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2375 imposing further sanctions on North Korea in response to its latest nuclear test. This was the latest and ninth such resolution since 2006. There is no reason to believe that it will be any more successful in achieving its purported objectives than any of the other previous resolutions. Continue reading

Further Evidence As To Why America’s Word Cannot be Trusted

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7 September 2017

Recent events confirm the long held view of many that adherence to international law is, for the Americans, at best an optional extra rather than being an essential component of conduct between States.

The first example relates to the current standoff between the US and North Korea. Article 2 (3) of the UN Charter, a document the US was instrumental in formulating, requires that: Continue reading

THE POST WEST WORLD: HOW CHINA AND RUSSIA ARE SHAPING TOMORROW

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3 September 2017

In 1904 the British geographer Halford Mackinder addressed the Royal Geographical Society in London. (1) He advanced a geopolitical theory that is now known as the “Heartland Theory”. Mackinder divided the world into three major regions: the “World Island” comprising the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe; the “Offshore Islands”, which included the UK and Japan; and the “Outlying Islands” which included the North and South American continents and Australia. Continue reading

Australia and North Korea: Dangerous Illusions Place Australia at Risk

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31 August 2017

The war of words between North Korea and the United states reached new heights last week. US President trump pledged to meet any further threats by North Korea to the US “with fire and fury like the world has never seen”. North Korea’s response was a threat to vaporize Guam, a US colony and important military base in the Pacific. Continue reading