Articles by: "Ron Huisken"
The Korean peninsula: a cast of very jaded players

South Korea, Japan and the United States expressed outrage at North Korea’s simultaneous launch of four extended-range SCUD ballistic missiles in early March 2017. The missiles—the most primitive in the DPRK arsenal—splashed down about 1,000 …

Donald Trump and coming scrutiny of ANZUS

A constant in Donald Trump’s electoral pitch was that wealthy allies had for too long relied on America’s willingness to backstop their national security and harvested the long-term economic rewards of keeping their own military …

The slipperiness of ‘soft power’

The spate of recent decisions on Chinese investment in Australia and the revelations associated with Senator Sam Dastyari stepping down from his shadow ministerial position have been accompanied by a sharp rise in the media’s …

Musing on the South China Sea

The US Navy and the Australian Air Force have recently been at pains to proclaim certain activities in the South China Sea as pursuant to their right to international freedom of navigation. This new twist …

The Iran nuclear deal: a diplomatic marvel

Acquiring nuclear weapons is a difficult, costly and prolonged process. It’s also dangerous because adversaries will be tempted to strike before you succeed. States that embark on this path do so for what they consider …

Iran: cutting a deal with the Great Satan

In 2003, a ‘perfect storm’ of intersecting developments saw Tehran caught with one hand in the nuclear weapon cookie jar (secretly enriching uranium), despite having joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and given assurances that it …

Two thoughts on the DPRK question

Tanya Ogilvie-White’s recent article is a thoughtful and sensible piece that sparked two thoughts. First, the proposition that Chinese and US interests in respect of the DPRK are beginning to align means, I believe, that …