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Graham Cooke

Graham Cooke has been a journalist for more than four decades, having lived in England, Northern Ireland, New Zealand and Australia, for a lengthy period covering the diplomatic round for The Canberra Times.


He has travelled to and reported on events in more than 20 countries, including an extended stay in the Middle East. Based in Canberra, where he obtains casual employment as a speech writer in the Australian Public Service, he continues to find occasional assignments overseas, supporting the coverage of international news organisations.

“From the 1968 US Presidential campaign to the current rise of Asia, I have been fascinated by the unpredictable currents of history, some caused by multiple events complex almost beyond comprehension, others resulting from a single moment and an assassin’s bullet.

“In trying to make sense of this I am reminded of a quote from President John F. Kennedy: ‘The only unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable’.”


India’s Budget: competent but uninspiring
International - 16/07/2014 - 3 comments
In the Middle East a word can mean a lot
International - 17/06/2014 - 16 comments
Corrupt World Cup of despair
Sport - 6/06/2014 - 3 comments
Tough decisions ahead for a triumphant Modi
International - 19/05/2014 - 1 comment
Congress desperate as Modi wave continues
International - 7/05/2014 - 1 comment
Setback for favourite in Indonesia poll
International - 28/04/2014 - 5 comments
Opposition BJP favoured as India votes
International - 7/04/2014 - 1 comment
Poland flexes its EU muscles
International - 18/03/2014 - 5 comments
Rumours swirl around another Gandhi
International - 15/01/2014 - 2 comments
Book brings memories of an old adversary
January 2014 Feature - 9/01/2014 - 5 comments
Uneasy peace in the Swat Valley
International - 18/09/2013 - 8 comments
No rest for wicked in lawless Karachi
International - 9/09/2013 - 1 comment
Couped up: Sharif confronts assertive military
International - 29/08/2013
Abe charts new course for Japan
International - 14/08/2013
Finding ways to build a better future
Economics - 8/08/2013 - 10 comments
Washington wonders at India's political divide
International - 31/07/2013
Lessons to be learnt from the Morsi debacle
International - 17/07/2013 - 9 comments
Iran’s Islamic democracy alive and well
International - 20/06/2013 - 6 comments
China's bridge across economic waters
International - 7/06/2013
A ‘Miss World’ approach to our security?
International - 15/05/2013
Time for Australia to manage peace, not war
International - 3/05/2013 - 20 comments
Winning the peace in Mali
International - 17/04/2013
Guns versus votes in Pakistan's election
International - 8/04/2013 - 1 comment
Is Gandhi opting out of Indian election race?
International - 15/03/2013
Forgive and forget key to Burma’s democracy?
International - 5/03/2013 - 2 comments
Palestinian issues low on Obama’s agenda
International - 20/02/2013
Obama calls for a new American revolution
International - 15/02/2013 - 9 comments
Savage sentences have Hanoi on defensive
International - 8/02/2013 - 4 comments
New look for the Israeli centre
International - 25/01/2013 - 1 comment
The rise and rise of Narendra Modi
International - 15/01/2013 - 3 comments
Counting the consequences of Bosnia’s war
January 2013 Feature - 9/01/2013 - 2 comments
Many problems to be faced in the new Burma
International - 31/12/2012
Major problems for new Chinese leader
International - 7/12/2012 - 5 comments
Hong Kong flies flag as Beijing fumes
International - 19/11/2012 - 3 comments
Gandhi aloof in cabinet reshuffle
International - 9/11/2012
Syria: on the road to ruin
International - 30/10/2012 - 23 comments
Obama losing patience with turbulent ally
International - 17/09/2012 - 13 comments
The night of Jerusalem's joyous chaos
International - 3/09/2012 - 2 comments
Sri Lanka concedes ground to UN
International - 23/08/2012 - 6 comments
Iran bomb fever ratchets up in Israel
International - 15/08/2012 - 19 comments
Nothing inevitable about the Asian Century
International - 8/08/2012 - 8 comments
Obituaries for the euro are premature
International - 18/07/2012 - 3 comments
No victory if Sri Lanka cannot win the peace
International - 12/07/2012 - 2 comments
Menzies and Asia: time for a reappraisal
Society - 9/07/2012 - 6 comments
No better time to engage North Korea
International - 15/05/2012 - 1 comment
No hope for Golan agreement while Assad remains
International - 19/04/2012 - 4 comments
Uranium sales – unpopular but right
International - 18/11/2011 - 5 comments
The G20 in Cannes – greatness in waiting?
October 2011 Feature - 4/11/2011 - 3 comments
Why we need the UN
International - 27/09/2011 - 9 comments
Arab spring looking bleak for West
International - 8/06/2011 - 9 comments
No resilience in low fertility
April 2011 Feature - 2/05/2011 - 18 comments
Multiculturalism – what the figures really mean
Society - 10/03/2011 - 35 comments
Facing up to China’s Rise
International - 8/02/2011 - 2 comments
Not another round of 'Republic Lite'?
Law & Liberties - 10/01/2011 - 19 comments
Democracy in Hong Kong - sometime, never?
International - 17/08/2010
Preserve us from an Aussie Iron Lady
Domestic Politics - 26/07/2010 - 20 comments
Keep Rudd away from foreign policy
Domestic Politics - 2/07/2010 - 6 comments
Ageism - alive and well and living in Australia
Society - 13/05/2010 - 24 comments
Possible Head: New flashpoint at the Gate of Tears
International - 29/04/2010 - 4 comments
Problems for SBY at home in Indonesia
International - 25/03/2010
Stern Hu a pawn in China’s great game
February 2010 Feature - 18/02/2010 - 11 comments
Cuba's seige mentality
International - 11/02/2010
The handshake that ends the human race
Health - 29/12/2009 - 12 comments
Is Australia ready for a new look Japan?
International - 16/12/2009
Sarkozy’s Machiavellian path to power
International - 27/11/2009
Government attacks boost democracy movement
International - 11/11/2009 - 1 comment
Afghanistan - echoes of an old war
International - 20/10/2009 - 3 comments
A successful Hong Kong is China’s shop window
International - 24/09/2009 - 1 comment
Yes we Khan! Opportunities for Australia in Mongolian visit
Economics - 27/08/2009 - 1 comment
Australia is handling India badly
International - 10/08/2009 - 2 comments
Ahmadinejad a winner - but change may yet come to Iran
International - 27/07/2009 - 2 comments
North Korea: another day, another dice with Armageddon
International - 6/07/2009 - 3 comments
Another year and another PM in Japan
International - 24/09/2008
The UN's temple of the veto
International - 21/07/2008 - 4 comments
The Mandarin candidate diplomacy
Domestic Politics - 28/03/2008 - 3 comments
Iran - a form of democracy
International - 5/03/2008 - 3 comments
Hinglish, Chinglish and Spanglish - Australia’s future?
Education - 25/10/2007 - 16 comments
Weird moments in history: when Israel attacked America
International - 12/09/2007 - 5 comments
All is not well in the Kingdom of Thailand
International - 9/08/2007 - 3 comments
SBY still an enigma - Indonesia in review
International - 28/05/2007 - 21 comments
US prestige at stake
International - 4/04/2007 - 9 comments
Fresh debate in Israel
International - 7/03/2007 - 69 comments
An open door to terrorists
International - 4/12/2006 - 6 comments
The Cairns Group: a 20th anniversary back-slapping exercise?
Economics - 18/09/2006 - 4 comments
Bombing season in Bali?
International - 30/08/2006 - 4 comments
Destination - East Asia
Domestic Politics - 31/07/2006 - 11 comments
A paper tiger
International - 13/06/2006 - 6 comments
Is the ANZAC relationship dissolving into irrelevance?
International - 23/05/2006 - 13 comments
Federation in East Africa
International - 24/04/2006 - 6 comments



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