When Australia should send its troops to foreign lands

Fifteen years on, the Australian-led intervention into East Timor shows that its overseas military action is at its best closer to shore. It also offers some sobering lessons before embarking on another Iraq ‘adventure’, writes JOHN BLAXLAND.

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An Australian soldier with young East Timorese boy. Photo by Department of Defence.

Doing defence policy better

Australia needs to decide what it wants its defence forces to actually do in order to get policy right, writes Hugh White AO.

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Photo by Alex de Sousa on flickr.

Top intelligence analyst has second thoughts on Pine Gap

Use of drones for counter-terrorism causes rethink.

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Australia's security lies in ASEAN ties

Australia’s regional partners in the ASEAN forum must unify to keep peace in Asia.

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Sep
2014

Intelligence is the key: only fools will rush into Iraq- Hugh White

Our politics works in odd ways when there is a choice to be made about sending armed forces off t

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29
Aug
2014

Reactionary Australian intervention is not the answer in the Middle East - Dr John Blaxland

In contemplating what more Australia could do in support of the American-led efforts against the

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29
Aug
2014

Syrian Rebels Back US airstrikes on IS - Discussion with Dr John Blaxland

Islamic State fighters have executed 'dozens' of Syrian soldiers it captured during its storming

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