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The mixed legacy in Asia of America's War on Terror
Twenty years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, terrorism expert Zachary Abuza reflects on the legacy of the war on terror in Southeast Asia.
The bamboo breaks: Thailand's diplomatic challenge
Despite Thailand’s status as America’s “oldest ally” in Asia, a combination of external and internal forces has been drawing Bangkok closer to Beijing. Jittapat Poonkham argues that for Thailand to retain its autonomy, a new activist foreign policy model is necessary in which it exercises greater leadership through regional diplomatic innovation and advocacy.
The shame of Kabul
Australia’s messy exit from Kabul is likely to be recorded in history as a moment of national ignominy. John McCarthy argues that in the manner of our leaving we lost both credibility of leadership and ‘capacity to argue from the high ground’.
Japan: a critical partner for Australia–US security ambitions
Japan and Australia are the two most steadfast allies of the US in Asia. Hayley Channer writes that the mix of traditional and non-traditional security threats provides a compelling logic for continued collective action.
ANZUS, Australia and Korea
Australia's efforts to forge an alliance with the US were consolidated by a rapid and substantial commitment to the Korean War. But former ambassador Bill Paterson argues the current modest level of engagement on the Korean peninsula is an "opportunity forgone" to build security ties with both the US and Republic of Korea.