Hostage Taking Is China’s Small-Claims Court

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

Best Defense

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.


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?

The Cable

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.

The Cable

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.

The Cable

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.”


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.

The Cable

Chinese Delegation Blows Up at Anti-Conflict Diamond Meeting to Sideline Taiwan

Sparking a diplomatic row with meeting host country Australia.

The Cable

Australia Announces Citizenship Exam Will Now Test ‘Values’

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

The Cable

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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