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Crisis Stability and Confidence Building Measures in China–India–Pakistan Nuclear Triangle

This year the United Nations marked the 50th anniversary of the entry into force of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). But, as Professor Emeritus Ramesh Thakur, a renowned expert on nuclear control regimes, notes there is little to celebrate and even less to be optimistic about as the risks of nuclear war persist, especially in the Indo-Pacific. Some bold new thinking is required.

Greater China India Defence & Security

DFAT’s Destitution: Who’s Blamed? Who’s Responsible?

Successive Coalition and Labor governments have failed to produce a funding plan to back their vision statements on foreign policy. But as former senior Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official James Wise argues it’s time to stop the blame game and focus on reversing a decline that threatens to leave middle-weight Australia with a feather-weight foreign policy machinery, just when we might need it the most.

Australian Foreign Affairs Defence & Security

The Canberra–Washington Bubble

Amid a once-in-a-century pandemic that has closed borders and deflated economies, two of Australia’s most senior cabinet ministers flew to Washington for the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) on 28 July. Ministers and foreign affairs and defence chiefs were to undergo two weeks of quarantine on return to Australia. In an era when G20 meetings and leaders’ summits have taken place by video link, Michael Wesley asks what is so compelling about these talks that justifies chewing up three weeks of two senior ministers’ time?

Australian Foreign Affairs Defence & Security

PODCAST: Australia's Strategic Challenge - An Interview with Dennis Richardson

In Washington this week, Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds met their US counterparts Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper for the annual AUSMIN talks. Amid rising tensions with China over the South China Sea, Hong Kong and foreign interference operations, this year’s AUSMIN was billed as the most important in a generation.

Podcasts Australian Foreign Affairs Greater China Defence & Security

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