Emeritus Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, author of ‘Separatism and the State’ (Routledge, 2021), with Richard Iron, co-editor of ‘How Wars End’ (Routledge, forthcoming), and author of The Rise and Decline of Modern Democracy, Routledge, 2023. and adviser to six conflict negotiation processes.
The likely nomination of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for November’s US presidential election has many asking whether Australia should remain as committed to its close relationship with the US as it has been. Setting aside that a vocal minority has long questioned Australia’s commitment to the relationship, two matters make this time around Continue reading »
As the shock waves from last weekend’s Voice referendum reverberate, a deeper reality is beginning to more fully reveal itself. The ‘division’ that Voice opponents claimed the proposition would create already exists among non-indigenous Australians and it is reshaping how politics is done in this country. We are moving ever closer towards a politics of Continue reading »
Australia’s bid to counter growing Chinese regional influence appears to have hit a hurdle in Timor-Leste with Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s meeting with Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta. Following the meeting, Ramos-Horta demanded the Australian government intervene to help resolve a stand-off with Australia’s Woodside Petroleum over the development of the contentious Timor Sea liquid natural Continue reading »