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Jerry Nockles

Jerry Nockles is a researcher with the Australian National University, Canberra and a regular contributor to the Lowy Institute for International Policy – Australia’s premier international policy think tank.

He had a lengthy career with the Royal Australian Navy, including active service in the liberation of Kuwait whilst serving in the Destroyer, HMAS BRISBANE, in 1991.  His research interests include American foreign policy and history, international relations theory and practice, and Australian politics.  He was most recently a visiting scholar with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and with the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.


Articles by Jerry Nockles (6)

  • Allure of normalcy: America's first-order foreign policy issues

    Last week saw the publishing of Robert Kagan's latest essay for New Republic magazine: 'Allure of Normalcy: what America still owes the world'. It is a magisterial contribution that will enter the realm of 'classic' US foreign policy essays. There have been a number of such essays since the end of the Second World War — essays that resonated with the establishment and stimulated, informed, and guided debate.
  • US foreign policy: Atlas seeks normalcy

    President Obama's surprise weekend visit to Afghanistan was the curtain raiser to a two to four-week foreign policy sales pitch that will culminate in the release of the 2014 National Security Strategy. The President made his fourth visit to Afghanistan after an absence of two years, arriving in time to address the troops and visit the base hospital at Bagram Air Field on Memorial Day.
  • Poking and prodding in the East China Sea

    Beijing's announcement of an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea (ECS) last week is a troubling development. It illustrates the most dangerous aspect of China's economic and geopolitical rise: the potential for miscalculation. At the Australian Institute of International Affairs National Conference in Canberra last Thursday, Hugh White and Linda Jakobson resumed their debate on the implications of China's rise.
  • Why the world needs an agreed definition of terrorism (part 2)

    In part one of this post, I referred to Professor Boaz Ganor's proposed definition of terrorism. That definition is: Terrorism is the deliberate use of violence aimed against civilian targets in order to achieve political ends; nationalistic, socio-economic, ideological, religious-political. I think Ganor’s offering strikes the right balance of generality, specificity and objectivity to make it a most useful definition. The definition contains three key elements: 1.
  • Why the world needs an agreed definition of terrorism (part 1)

    Are our efforts to establish an effective counter-terrorism framework hampered by an inability to define the subject? At the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism held last month in Herzliya, Israel, Dr Boaz Ganor argued that the lack of a broadly-accepted definition of terrorism deprives us of a fundamental counter-terrorism measure.
  • Boston and the changing nature of terrorism

    Sam Roggeveen has suggested that, in its response to the Boston Marathon bombing, America 'got it right'. Likewise, Sam linked to a piece by Thomas Friedman on the 'right' response to terrorism.  I agree with Sam that President Obama's response was tone-perfect: strong, measured, resolute. The government response — ostensibly a law enforcement one — was appropriate.