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Global Outlook: Cooperative Security, Arms Control and Disarmament

The Search for a Political Solution to the Ukraine War

By Shyam Saran  |  11 July, 2023

The Ukraine war is not between Russia and Ukraine but between Russia and NATO led by the US. Russia’s declared objective of its “special military operation” is preventing the future expansion of NATO closer to its borders. If this proposition is correct, then one cannot avoid the conclusion that Russia has so far not gained any of its objectives in this war.

The Wagner Coup: Strategic Setback or Military Deception?

By Ramesh Thakur  |  07 July, 2023

The Wagner coup equation doesn’t compute. It just doesn’t add up. Herbert Wulf gave us a concise summary of the surreal 24 hours that gripped the world. But there are missing pieces of the puzzle that we haven’t been given.

Their Business is Military Force: The Wagner Festival is Cancelled

By Herbert Wulf  |  28 June, 2023

In less than 24 hours, the march on Moscow of the Wagner troops led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of this military company, was over. It remains to be seen whether this attack has permanently weakened Vladimir Putin's authority and power.

Additional BRICS for an Expansion of the House

By Herbert Wulf  |  18 June, 2023

How to deal with China? The Western industrialised countries have been trying for some time to find a convincing China strategy. The seven major economic powers that make up the G7 agree that it is not a matter of de-coupling economically from China, but of avoiding risks and reducing dependencies. This strategy is now referred to by the catchy Anglo-Saxon term "de-risking".

U.S. Allies Look For Their Place In The Emerging Global Order

By Ramesh Thakur  |  08 June, 2023

America and the West are more isolated from the rest of the world than at any time since WWII.

Four Nuclear Myths

By Ramesh Thakur  |  06 June, 2023

The Dr. H.V. Evatt Foundation publishes the Evatt Journal. Volume 21, published in April, was a special issue on ‘90 Seconds to Midnight’, referencing the famous Doomsday Clock from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, edited by Casey Thompson and Huw Phillips. The Toda Peace Institute’s Senior Research Fellow, Professor Ramesh Thakur, who contributed a chapter, was a panellist at the launch of the journal in Canberra on Thursday 1 June. This is the text of his initial remarks.

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