A sea turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, in February 2016. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

Australian troops in New Guinea during WWII. (Wikimedia Commons)

Finally, the Australian military explained to the rest of us: It’s a sentimental outfit

It is not surprising that a style of warfare characterized by aggression, individual initiative, and a distinctly impertinent attitude towards authority was celebrated.

Members of a police SWAT team lineup outside the main Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during security drill rehearsals on July 23, 2008 in Beijing. The 2008 Olympics' security chief has said that Beijing can stage a fun Olympics as well as a safe one, in response to charges that a massive security clampdown was squeezing the joy out of the Games. More than 110,000 troops and police were engaged in security and were joined by hundreds of thousands of volunteers and that millions of Beijing residents had also been roped into the operation. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hostage Taking Is China’s Small-Claims Court

Everyone in China — including the police — treats kidnapping as just the price of doing business.


Australian Brig. Ryan: Russ Glenn gets our mission command right — but we still have lots of work to do, especially in professional military education

Tom challenged me to reflect on Russ Glenn’s recent article in Parameters, about the theory and application of mission command in the Australian Army.

The national flags of Australia and China are displayed before a portrait of Mao Zedong facing Tiananmen Square, during a visit by Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing on April 26, 2011. The trip is Gillard's first to China, Australia's top trading partner, and comes at a time when the communist country is waging its toughest crackdown on dissent in years. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Is China Pulling the Strings Down Under?

Revelations about Chinese influence have rocked Australian media and politics. Should the U.S. have the same debate?

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(FILES) This file photo taken on September 8, 1996 shows Norm Legg, a project supervisor with a local security firm, holding up an armalite rifle which is similar to the one used in the Port Arthur massacre and which was handed in for scrap in Melbourne after Australia banned all automatic and semi-automatic rifles in the aftermath of the Port Arthur shooting. When Martin Bryant massacred 35 people with semi-automatic weapons at Port Arthur in 1996, then-Australian prime minister John Howard reacted swiftly by pushing for tough new national gun laws. Within a year gun licences had been tightened, a weapons buy-back was enacted and an amnesty launched for anyone holding illegal arms, moves that took more than 600,000 guns out of action.     AFP PHOTO / FILES /  William WEST        (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

To Fight Terror, Will Aussies Give Up Their Guns?

After recent attacks, the first national gun amnesty since 1996 encourages people to turn in unregistered weapons.

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Listen: Behind Closed Doors, Malcolm Turnbull Roasts Trump

The media ball was supposed to be off record, but audio of the joking prime minister leaked.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 26:  James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee meeting at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on February 26, 2015 in Washington, DC.  Clapper and Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart , the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, both testified on a range of topics including Muslim extemist groups and cyber threats to U.S. security. (Photo by Evy Mages/Getty Images)

Former Intelligence Chief Calls Russia Scandal Bigger Than Watergate

James Clapper Takes Trump to Task on Russia Investigation, Comey firing, and says “the Russians are not our friends.”

TO GO WITH INDIA-US-JAPAN-SINGAPORE-AUSTRALIA-MILITARY  In this picture taken 07 September 2007, a US F-18 fighter plane takes off from the deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV63) aircraft carrier in the Bay of Bengal, during the Malabar exercise.   A massive peacetime military exercise ended in the Indian Ocean 09 September, as navies from five nations including the United States disengaged from mock battles, officials said. The USS Nimitz, the world's largest supercarrier, had already withdrawn from the Bay of Bengal where besides the United States, navies from Australia, India Japan and Singapore launched the drill on 04 September.The end of the six-day exercises, code named "Operation Malabar" was marked by mock battles involving fighter jets from supercarrier the USS Kitty Hawk and India's aircraft carrier INS Viraat and other strike groups near the strategic Malacca Straits, they said.    AFP PHOTO/Deshakalyan CHOWDHURY (Photo credit should read DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not China, It’s You, India Seems to Tell Spurned Aussies

New Delhi hasn’t forgotten Canberra’s previous flip-flop on regional security, and isn’t ready to let Aussies join three-way naval drills.


Australia Announces Citizenship Exam Will Now Test ‘Values’

‘Australia First’ immigration policies gain steam ahead of Mike Pence’s visit.


Australia Calls All Hands On Deck to Reset Foreign Policy

Yet another longtime U.S. ally struggles to find its place in a suddenly changing world.

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