Australian Warships Challenged by China in South China Sea: Why are we Being Told?

By Andrew Reynolds | 22 April 2018 According to reports this week, three Australian warships – ANZAC class frigates HMAS Toowoomba, HMAS Anzac and Durance class replenishment oiler HMAS Success – had their freedom of passage through the South China Sea challenged by warships from China’s PLA Navy sometime in the past month. In this latest incident, the Australian ships were en route from The Philippines’ Subic Bay and Malaysia’s … Continue reading Australian Warships Challenged by China in South China Sea: Why are we Being Told?

China-Australia FTA: What are the security implications for Australia?

By Andrew Reynolds, 24 November, 2014 The recently announced China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) – due to come into effect in 2015 – marks a significant step forward in the growing integration of Sino-Australian economic interests. Significant, because historically, the increasing economic enmeshment brought about by growing bilateral trading ties precludes – or at least significantly reduces- the likelihood of conflict. As regional littoral states in the … Continue reading China-Australia FTA: What are the security implications for Australia?

UN Resolution 2166 Proves the Worth of a Seat at the UNSC for Australia

By Andrew Reynolds, 5 August 2014 Quiet painstaking diplomacy pays off. If Australia’s successful UN resolution 2166 over the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 proves anything, it is the worth of having a seat at the table of international relations, in this case the UNSC. Years of painstaking diplomacy paid off in a big way for Australia with 2166, largely thanks to the diligent work … Continue reading UN Resolution 2166 Proves the Worth of a Seat at the UNSC for Australia

Dangerous Allies

Malcolm Fraser, Dangerous Allies, (Carlton, Melbourne University Press, 2014). By Andrew Reynolds, 30 June 2014 Malcolm Fraser is no casual observer of the Australian political system. As a former Australian Prime Minister, Minister for the Army and Minister for Defence amongst other postings, Fraser has been intimately involved in Australian political life for over six decades. In Dangerous Allies Fraser, together with ANU PhD candidate Cain Roberts, brings this to experience to bear … Continue reading Dangerous Allies

Should Australia Join a US Led Intervention in Iraq?

By Andrew Reynolds, 18 June 2014 Should Australia join a US led intervention in Iraq? Should this question be asked, Australia has much to consider. Australia needs to promote adherence to international law and in this case, explore all options with the United Nations Security Council before even considering any non UNSC-endorsed proposals. It remains in Australia’s interests to be seen as a supporter of … Continue reading Should Australia Join a US Led Intervention in Iraq?

Indo-Australian Security Alliance Challenges

By Andrew Reynolds, 17 June 2014 Indonesia and Australia share one overwhelming reason for strengthening security ties, and that reason is China. Clint Richards at The Diplomat this morning has some interesting thoughts on collective security options available to Indonesia to counter China’s increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea. Not surprisingly, the two main contenders he lists for possible maritime security partners are … Continue reading Indo-Australian Security Alliance Challenges

Welcome to The Analyst – International Relations Blog

Update: 14 April 2018. By Andrew Reynolds. Since I first launched this blog back in 2014, I have graduated with first class honours from a Master’s degree in International Relations (Research Studies)  –  La Trobe University. I am currently seeking work in strategic analysis and strategic communications fields. By Andrew Reynolds, 30 May  2014 Welcome to my blog. I am a graduate student studying for my Masters … Continue reading Welcome to The Analyst – International Relations Blog