AUKUS raises questions Australia must answer

‘The future is always beginning now.’ — Mark Strand The AUKUS agreement announced in September marks a milestone in Australia’s national security posture that will be felt for decades to come. It will shape how …

The Strategist top 10

Another year, same pandemic. Welcome to The Strategist’s round-up of the top 10 articles of 2021. As it was in 2020, not one of the pieces that made the list was focused on the not-so-novel …

Will the West abandon Ukraine?

After a long, mysterious silence, US President Joe Biden has spoken out about the ever-increasing concentration of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. He would have been better off keeping quiet, given his astonishing and …

AUKMIN’s global view is good for Australia

The immediate significance of Friday’s AUKMIN gathering in Sydney was that it took place while a Russian military assault on Ukraine is imminent. Given the threat from Moscow, no one would have been surprised had …

What’s China up to in Central America?

Few regions in the world wobble the tension of the tightrope governments walk between raw interests and principle in foreign and strategic policy more than Central America. And few have mattered less to Canberra over …

Iran’s Vienna gambit

In a qualifying match last November for the 2022 soccer World Cup, Iran trailed Lebanon 0–1 at the end of the scheduled 90 minutes. On social media, sceptical Iranians were getting ready to blame their …