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  • 25 Jan 2022 13:00

    AUKMIN shows the UK is a world away from Australia

    London’s global focus on malign authoritarian actors makes clear thinking and prioritisation impossible.

  • 25 Jan 2022 10:00

    Solomon Islands: cops bearing gifts

    Australia and China offer the archipelago nation a grab bag of policing options that often miss the mark.

  • 25 Jan 2022 06:00

    China’s new reality

    Forget geopolitics and military muscle flexing. Reality TV is where Beijing and Taipei can put aside their differences.

Ukraine

2022 is not 2014: What holds back Russia from Ukraine

The first round of Russia-United States-Europe strategic consultations, held between 10 and 13 January, finished without firm commitments, fuelling ongoing speculation about an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Claim and counter-claim add to the difficulty of making informed judgements. For

European security: Putin ups the ante with NATO

Not content with sabre-rattling amid a menacing large troop build-up around Ukraine’s borders, Russia last week issued sweeping demands for legally binding new security guarantees from the United States and NATO.  If implemented, these would constitute a significant revision of post-Cold

Russia, more than China, leaves India with a dilemma

Ukraine and Taiwan are now the major focal points in the geopolitical arena, testing the diplomacy of the United States but also other nations – India as much as any. Where India-China relations have soured in recent years, in some ways making India’s response to the Taiwan issue more

The Kremlin may be tiring of the impasse in eastern Ukraine

Reports this month of a sizeable recent build-up of Russian military forces around Ukraine’s borders have aroused fears in Kiev and Western capitals of impending Russian military action in Ukraine.  Emphasising Washington’s “serious concerns”, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Lukashenko running on empty

Belarusian autocrat Alexander Lukashenko is under pressure and increasingly isolated. That makes him more dangerous. And it poses challenges, as well as opportunities, for his only ally, Russia. In August 2020, mass public protests calling for political change engulfed Belarus. The

Ukraine: Balancing China and the rest

Ukraine is attempting to improve its relations with China after the nation’s authorities, allegedly pressured by the United States, decided to halt the takeover of a local aircraft engine manufacturer by a Chinese company. Ukraine is typically seen as country inside a Western sphere of