From Whitlam to Albanese: portents and echoes

A new Labor government takes office, threatened by a global recession, seeking a new start with China, and worried by war in a ‘time of entrenched geopolitical competition and stark divisions’. A tough menu confronted …

AUSMIN 2022: defence capability

As Australia’s foreign and defence ministers and the US secretaries of state and defence prepare to meet for the annual AUSMIN consultations, ASPI is releasing a volume of essays exploring the policy context and recommending …

The ballooning costs of the Ukraine war

The Ukraine conflict is exposing the massive costs that accompany a relatively small and contained war—one in which the military action is entirely confined to one of the poorest nations in Europe. Although Ukraine has …

The contradictions holding Germany back

Just days after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz declared that Germany’s approach to defence and foreign policy would undergo a Zeitenwende (epochal change). And in various commentaries and speeches since then, he …

Is trade China’s trump card?

It took US President Joe Biden’s administration quite a while to produce its national security strategy, which it finally released in October. Though the White House did issue an interim document in March 2021, the …

The missile attack that wasn’t

The rocket strike that killed two Poles near their country’s border with Ukraine on 15 November  proved to be a test not so much of defence policy as of the information policy of Poland, Ukraine …