Is it the end of the American century?

Is it the end of the American century?

By Stephen Hoadley This ‘evidence’ of US unreliability, weakness and failure is partial, out of context, and lacking in historical perspective. Fifty years ago, as I began my teaching career at the University of Auckland, the United States began withdrawing its forces...
Will AUKUS halt China’s assertive foreign policy?

Will AUKUS halt China’s assertive foreign policy?

By Robert Patman If good strategy is about effectively relating means to ends, the recently announced trilateral security partnership Aukus – Australia, the UK, and the US – seems unlikely to fulfil expectations. A joint statement by its three leaders, guided by their...
Is AUKUS just ANZUS without New Zealand?

Is AUKUS just ANZUS without New Zealand?

By Alexander Gillespie ANZUS without NZ? Why the new security pact between Australia, the UK and US might not be all it seems. We live, to borrow a phrase, in interesting times. The pandemic aside, relations between the superpowers are tense. The sudden arrival of the...
The end of an era: What next for Afghanistan? 🔊

The end of an era: What next for Afghanistan? 🔊

Since the United States formally began withdrawing from Afghanistan, the nation has witnessed an incredibly rapid deterioration of the government’s position. The President fled the country, and the Taliban are poised to control the nation upon the completion of...
Why has there been a rise in corporate mercenaries?

Why has there been a rise in corporate mercenaries?

By Felip Daza & Nora Miralles It’s not too late to rein in these unaccountable armed giants, but we need to act fast. When the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated by agents of the Saudi government in 2018, it caused an international scandal. Now, it turns...
As the West moves out, what next for Afghans?

As the West moves out, what next for Afghans?

By Paul Rogers As the Taliban rapidly expand in the shadow of US and NATO allies’ retreat, has anyone considered the impact on innocent civilians? Military leaders in the United States and Britain, as well as allied countries, now accept that they have lost their war...