Articles by: "Graeme Dobell"
The Anglosphere and Oz

Australia’s referendum tick for the monarchy and constant opinion poll support for the US alliance suggest the voters are happy with both the traditional and treaty elements of the Anglosphere. The temperature of popular sentiment …

The Anglosphere and Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott has sworn off talking about the Anglosphere because the responses are too Pavlovian. Too late. The Liberal Leader is destined to wear the Anglosphere label with the same mixed results that John Howard …

The Defence White Paper’s Parliamentary no-show

The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, made a telling mistake in Singapore recently when proclaiming the strategic openness displayed by the publication of Australia’s Defence White Paper. At the Shangri-La dialogue, Smith began his speech by …

Asian gazing (9): South China Sea

For ASEAN, the Philippines has become the canary in the mine in testing how much more poisonous the atmosphere with China can become in the South China Sea. By taking China before the bar of …

Asian gazing (7): the China choice

If Australia’s 2009 Defence White Paper was a red rag to China, then the 2013 White Paper looks more like the white flag of surrender. Trust a journalist to thrust that wonderful juxtaposition of colour …