Articles by: "Graeme Dobell"
Kick kleptocrats in the wallet

The world aims to punish Russian President Vladimir Putin and his cronies with economic sanctions. Follow the logic of sanctions to reach for a powerful weapon to threaten autocrats and kleptocrats. Kick them where it …

Oz election 2022: Covid, climate and China

Big international issues shape a nation’s domestic equations. And so the Australian election to be held by 21 May will be shaped by pandemic, decarbonisation and geopolitical rivalry. Covid, climate and China are problems so …

Australia at the South Pacific kava bowl

Over 200 years, Australia went out into the South Pacific as bible-bashers and blackbirders, as carpetbaggers, captains and colonisers. We sailed and traded and built and searched for both gold and souls. Always, we sought …

Micronesia’s exit from the Pacific Islands Forum

The slow-motion crash of Micronesia’s break with the Pacific Islands Forum has reached the one-year mark. Back on 8 February 2021, the Micronesia five—the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Palau—announced they …

The 13th Madeleine Award: Jab for joy

Sound the trumpets and start the drum roll, please. Unlucky for some, as the bingo call goes, it’s time for the 13th Madeleine Award for a symbol, stunt, prop, gesture or jest. The annual award …

ASPI’s decades

The final in the series on ASPI’s work since its creation in August 2001. ‘With a certain youthful precocity, ASPI has injected new ideas and vigour into our national security debate.’ — Prime Minister John …

ASPI’s decades: Riding China and the US

ASPI celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. This series looks at ASPI’s work since its creation in August 2001. Dealing with China and the United States is a two-horse challenge. One of the great Oz …