Category: Humanities – Political Science, Politics


Strategic Motivations for Australian Military Intervention in the Middle East

Australia has once again sent its armed forces to join a military coalition in the Middle East, this time as part of the international intervention against the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria. This continues a pattern of Australian participation in Middle Eastern military interventions over the past century. Apart from the role played


Contemporary Japanese Defence Strategy: Towards Conflict or Resolution?

Japanese defence policy under the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is accelerating its post-Cold War shift in direction. From a Cold War strategy of anti-Soviet ‘Northern’ defence, Japanese strategy is increasingly towards a ‘southwest’ approach, to potentially deter China, particularly following the increase in tensions over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.