Articles by: "David Uren"
Democracy on the brink in Africa

The new military governments across Central and Western Africa enjoy a surprising strength of public support, according to research published by the United Nations Development Programme two weeks before the latest coup in Niger. The UNDP had …

Defence budget set to take a big inflationary hit

The size of the cuts that Australia’s Defence Department must make to existing programs to create room for the recommendations of the defence strategic review will be dictated in part by the persistence of inflation. …

China’s defence spending growth continues apace

China, India and Japan are leading a surge in military spending in the Asian region with geopolitical tensions pushing South Korea, Australia and Taiwan, among others, to follow suit. China’s military spending now exceeds the …

Why China’s coercion of Australia failed

China’s campaign of economic coercion against Australia failed because of support from other Asian trading partners who turned to Australia to secure their energy supplies. Japan, Korea, Taiwan and India—Australia’s second, third, fourth and fifth …