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Militia leaders and fighters surrendered weapons and ammunition in 2003 after the international mission restored peace to the islands. Photo: Gary Ramage

As RAMSI's costly Solomon Islands rescue mission ends, its gains may vanish swiftly

30 June 2017

On Friday, one of Australia’s most significant, and expensive, foreign policy forays of recent times will come to an end. Over the last 14 years, more than $3 billion was spent on a tiny...

Position Available: APCD Director of Studies

22 May 2017

Director of Studies (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer), Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, The Australian National University. Fixed-term for 3 years Position Description An exciting opportunity has opened...

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Is 'Manis' the sweet deal that brings Australia & Indonesia together?

7 March 2017

Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia featured prominently 75 years ago for Australia when our troops deployed and fought there in the Pacific War. We do well to commemorate their efforts and the losses...

Australia must be dexterous in its ties with Trump's America

20 February 2017

The most important quality in statecraft is imagination. The capacity to imagine consequences of actions, as well as inaction, and devise a path through what are often a range of unappetising...

Image source: US Navy

Risk and imagination in the Trump era

17 February 2017

The most important quality in statecraft is imagination. The capacity to imagine consequences of actions, as well as inaction, and devise a path through what are often a range of unappetising...

Image source: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The Yemen raid and the ghost of Anwar al-Awlaki

10 February 2017

President Donald Trump has begun forging his own legacy in the ongoing wars on terror. On the same weekend that he signed his executive order temporarily banning travel to the United States from...

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Obama's foreign policy legacy in three quotes

2 February 2017

After the Bush administration, many believed that President Obama would bring stability to the global order with a fusion of eloquent rhetoric, a preference for multilateralism and a cautious...

Jihadist Threat in 2017

11 January 2017

2017 promises a more volatile and diffuse jihadist threat as the war on ISIS causes various Islamist extremist groups to strategically evolve as they compete for attention and influence. This dynamic...

Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in Jakarta

Glitch underlines the priority of Indonesia-Australia cooperation

6 January 2017

While there is no cause for the Australian army to censor critical discussion of the darker realities of our defence partners’ histories or contemporary affairs, if experienced Australian soldiers...

Dutertes year of living dangerously

Duterte's year of living dangerously

27 December 2016

Philippine politics in 2016 has been dominated by Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power. With five contenders for the presidency, pre-election polls in early January 2016 indicated that the administration...

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