Articles by: "Graeme Dobell"
The tough security outlook for the Indo-Pacific

Here’s the ‘darkening’ security outlook for the Indo-Pacific for 2023. The US worries, ‘Will China let us have peace?’ Japan finds itself at the security crossroads due to ‘the resurgence of great power competition’. Canada …

The politics of South Pacific riots

A riot in a South Pacific city is a political act as well as a spree of violence and looting. The urban riot is an extreme expression of political and economic failure in the islands. …

From Whitlam to Albanese: portents and echoes

A new Labor government takes office, threatened by a global recession, seeking a new start with China, and worried by war in a ‘time of entrenched geopolitical competition and stark divisions’. A tough menu confronted …

Parliament’s power and the war powers

To examine how Australia goes to war, parliament must examine itself. How much can parliament touch the war prerogative of the prime minister and cabinet? What say should parliament have, if any, in the most …

Australia’s PNG–Bougainville balance

When straddling a barbed-wire fence, shifting your feet risks a wound ranging from hurt to horrendous. Shift carefully, not carelessly or inadvertently. For two decades, Australia has been doing a delicate straddle between Papua New …