John Blaxland, The Guardian

John Blaxland

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Past articles by John:

Aukus will bolster stability in the Asia-Pacific, not undermine it

There are risks – but the trilateral security pact is likely to provide greater US resolve to stay engaged in Australia’s neighbourhood → Read More

Albanese’s Domestic Agenda Could Reshape Australia’s Regional Relations

When it comes to national security policy, there appears little to differentiate Australia’s incoming Labor government from its predecessor. But several issues, including climate change and issues of identity, can be expected to shape foreign and defense policy in ways that lead to significant change. → Read More

The global implications of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Katharine Murphy speaks to John Blaxland and Daniel Hurst about the implications of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for global peace and security, and how it will impact the upcoming federal election → Read More

What happened when a Chinese ship shone a laser at an Australian plane – and why does it matter?

With the stakes rising and an election looming, Beijing’s apparent escalation must be handled firmly but delicately → Read More

Why another 'act of intimidation' by a Chinese warship with a laser appears to be an escalation

China may be seeking to send a message to Australia, writes Australian National University professor John Blaxland. → Read More

Morrison and Dutton should beware; the sword they wield against Labor on China is double-edged

The pre-election national security offensive could backfire on the Coalition – and damage Australia’s body politic → Read More

As dark clouds build across the Indo-Pacific, Australia hopes the Aukus pact will bolster security and confidence

The nuclear submarine deal between Australia, the US and the UK echoes the past, but also points to a stark future → Read More

ASEAN matters and deserves credit

For all its inconveniences, Australia is overwhelmingly dependent on ASEAN working and working well. → Read More

Philippines' Battle for Marawi shows how South-East Asia can unite to fight terrorism

Australia needs to build on the recent regional success in counter-terrorism cooperation. → Read More

Does Australia face a greater security threat now than at the Cold War's height?

The government must avoid the past mistake of being overly secretive about security. → Read More

Ballistic missile defence: New options for Australia

It is said ballistic missile defence cannot cover the vast Australian landmass. But technology has advanced rapidly. → Read More

Why Moriarty is a good choice for Defence Secretary

In selecting Greg Moriarty for the job, Payne, Pyne and Turnbull leapfrogged over the obvious candidates – in doing so they have chosen well. → Read More

New home affairs department seems to be more about politics than reform

The rationale seems to conflate the important intelligence review with an inadequately justified rearrangement of federal government agencies → Read More

Separating out important intelligence reforms from Home Affairs

The 2017 Intelligence Review was necessary and its recommendations are pertinent and strong. → Read More

How a presidential prerogative can become a national security risk

President Trump doesn’t quite seem to appreciate the need for a nuanced approach to managing competing international obligations. → Read More

Berlin attack: security intelligence has limits in preventing truck terrorist attacks

The Christmas market truck assault in Berlin, which has left 12 dead and dozens injured, is a disturbing echo of the truck-borne attack on Bastille Day celebrants on the Nice promenade in July. → Read More

The attack in Berlin shows the limits of security intelligence

What’s needed now is a new social compact that goes beyond reliance on security and intelligence agencies. → Read More

Seventeen years on, East Timor intervention remains a success

Seventeen years on: Looking back on the significance and some lessons from the East Timor Intervention. → Read More

Defence white paper: how many billions is enough to keep Australia safe?

The world is not completely Hobbesian, but there are enough points of concern for this defence white paper to be considered well argued → Read More