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Image of US President Joe Biden meeting virtually with Chinese President Xi Jinping from the Roosevelt Room of the White House, November 15, 2021. Image © Susan Walsh / AP Photo

The avoidable war

Kevin Rudd on China, the US and the forces of history

Image showing detail of a 1965 Soviet Union stamp commemorating the first spacewalk. Image via Wikimedia Commons

What does Russia’s war in Ukraine mean for collaborative space exploration?

Since the first human forayed beyond the Earth’s atmosphere, politics has never left space

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

All the way with CBK

Caroline Kennedy’s appointment as US ambassador to Australia is a sign of the rising temperature in the Pacific

Still image from ‘Threads’

The thread of history

For the Cold War generation, the threat of nuclear war in Europe brings a familiar dread

Image of Peter Dutton and UK High Commissioner Victoria Treadell and US Chargé d’Affaires Michael Goldman at the signing of an AUKUS agreement

Troubled waters

What can be done to rectify Australia’s diplomatic ineptitude?

Red Square, Moscow. © Vyacheslav Argenberg,

Notes on Russia

Coverage of Russia has long focused upon Putin at the expense of a deeper understanding of the country he leads

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Who runs the mines in Papua?

Foreign mining companies are exiting Papua, amid accusations of Indonesian corruption

Friday prayers at Pul-e Khishti mosque in Kabul soon after the Taliban took control on August 15, 2021

War of error

US failures in Afghanistan and the folly of Australia’s unquestioning support

Afghans try to flee Kabul on August 16, 2021

Retreat from Kabul

America’s failure in Afghanistan and its contempt for Australia as an ally

Cartoon image of a man falling off a chair as it breaks

Balancing on a tower of chairs

On Australia’s relations with China