Articles by: "Graeme Dobell"
Indo-Pacific views from Tokyo to Tonga

‘Global strategic focus has shifted to the Indo-Pacific. How the region handles the next few years will determine if it becomes the cradle of crises or solutions.’ — Cleo Paskal, Indo-Pacific strategies, perceptions and partnerships, …

The compass of Australia’s Asia strategy

The pandemic has geopolitical and geoeconomics equivalents. Disruption all around, amid the end of the old global order. The central truths that set the topography of Australian grand strategy in Asia—the four compass points—haven’t fallen, …

Covid rocks the status quo

‘Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes Don’t want to be a richer man Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange) Ch-ch-changes There’s gonna have to be a different man Time may change me But I …

Rhyming history: America has been here before

An impeached president departs Washington in disgrace. The peace deal in America’s longest war crumbles and defeat looms. US politics is polarised. A nation, both angry and agitated, grapples with racial and social divisions. The …

Australia’s security guarantee to Timor-Leste

Australia gives security guarantees to two nations that have land borders with Indonesia—Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. The word ‘guarantee’ rightly makes Oz politicians, diplomats and lawyers cautious, even nervous: never say forever, never say …